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In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 September 2009 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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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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The fate of the world is on the line. See more »

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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4 September 2009 (USA)  »

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In the loop  »

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Budget:

£612,650 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£468,954 (UK) (17 April 2009)

Gross:

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

Despite being based on Armando Iannucci's TV show The Thick of It (2005), and sharing the hand-held camera movements and pervasive bad language of it, only three of the characters in the film are the same as in the TV show: Malcolm Tucker, Jamie McDonald, and Sam, Malcolm's PA. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Malcolm is walking outside the White House talking on the phone, he walks a segment from a light pole to a police car with very few people around. However, when Judy hangs up and the camera switches to face the fat man, Malcolm is back in the first light pole and the place is suddenly crowded. Then the camera turns around and shows the police car ahead which is now surrounded by a group of people on Segways. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Prelude no. 1 in C major from The Well-tempered Clavier
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Complex, biting, rich with British and American humor
21 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fast paced blend of close-to-truth political intrigue, satire, clever banter and intensity, with enough simplified and goofy humor to keep American audiences shrieking with laughter. The LA festival audience was blessedly quiet through the more subtle and deeply clever humor, so if you have a pan-Atlantic sensibility you can laugh at the cleverly done but obvious stuff, as well as the richer humor that requires attention.

The cast - American, English and Scottish all did an amazing job with high synergy.

There is quite a lot of both obvious and subtle political and cultural allegory, homages, and oblique references.

It was great to see it in a packed theater, and get that immersive social experience one does not get with a DVD.


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