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In the Loop (2009)

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A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hadden-Paton ...
Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington ...
Malcolm's Secretary
James Smith ...
Lucinda Raikes ...


The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don't... well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall. Written by Loop Film Productions Ltd/AT

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Release Date:

4 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In the loop  »

Box Office


£612,650 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£468,954 (UK) (17 April 2009)


$2,384,044 (USA) (16 October 2009)

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Armando Iannucci, in an interview with Terry Gross on 27 July 2009, said that he at one point told his British cast members to think of "the first time you went to Hollywood", for the scenes that follow the Prime Minister's trip to Washington: "(Y)ou had all sorts of meetings, and all sorts of agents came up to you and said how great you were, and how you thought it was all going to change, and then after your stay in Hollywood for three or four days, you went home empty-handed". He described this as the experience he had when going to Los Angeles a few years before to talk about possibilities for an American version of his show The Thick of It (2005). See more »


Simon and Toby land in DC at what seems to be the afternoon (it is still full daylight, there are no long shadows and they proceed to the hotel and discuss what they'll do that evening). They phone Judy in London to arrange transport for them. She is woken by the call in what she says is the middle of the night. But DC is only 5 hours behind London, so it should be no later than mid-evening there. See more »


[first lines]
Malcolm Tucker: Good morning, my little chicks and cocks.
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Crazy Credits

The film's final credits roll over a long shot of the main office. At the very end, Malcolm Tucker comes out, looks at the TV and asks, "Who let this woman out with her fucking hair like this?! On national television?! Looks like she stuck her finger in a fucking electrical socket..." before walking away. See more »


Prelude no. 1 in C major from The Well-tempered Clavier
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It's a long time since I've seen a money this funny...
28 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie for those looking for the cosy delusional homilies and self congratulatory tributes to politicians of something like Yes Minister, it's vulgar, raw, enticing. An excellent comedy that never lets a moment pass without something to amuse, whilst being painfully poignant at the same time. In the build up to war, the UK government conspires to provide made up intelligence to the US to justify an act of war... sound familiar? Really, really, really funny and those who claim Yes Minister and it's ilk are superior, or more representative of what goes on in the 'corridors of power', aren't living in the real world. Critics who compare this to 'The Thick of It': remember, if this movie includes the same characters it's obviously set before the events of 'in the loop', hence we might expect them to be more energetic, rawer and ... well swear a lot. I'm not sure the pacing of TToI would have worked in movie form and it's nice to see that the writers were able to translate the basic idea to a successful movie, unlike so many TV adaptations which have fallen flat on their faces.

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