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The fate of the world is on the line. See more »
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Peter Capaldi ... Malcolm Tucker
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington ... Malcolm's Secretary

Gina McKee ... Judy Molloy

Tom Hollander ... Simon Foster

Olivia Poulet ... Suzy

Chris Addison ... Toby Wright
James Smith ... Michael Rodgers

Zach Woods ... Chad

Mimi Kennedy ... Karen Clark

Anna Chlumsky ... Liza Weld

Enzo Cilenti ... Bob Adriano
Lucinda Raikes ... Reporter

James Doherty ... Reporter

David Rasche ... Linton Barwick
Reid Sasser ... Airport Security Man

James Gandolfini ... Lt. Gen. George Miller

Johnny Pemberton ... A.J. Brown

Chipo Chung ... Annabelle Hsin
Del Pentecost ... White House Tourist

Joanna Scanlan ... Roz
Joanna Brookes ... Mrs. McDiarmid

Steve Coogan ... Paul Michaelson
Rita May ... Mrs. Michaelson

Paul Higgins ... Jamie MacDonald

Alex Macqueen ... Sir Jonathan Tutt (as Alex MacQueen)
Eve Matheson ... New Minister

Will Smith ... New Advisor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Contreras ... Jeff Romero (scenes deleted)

Chizzy Akudolu ... UN Cleaner (uncredited)
Stephanie Cannon ... US State Department Employee (uncredited)
Jen Carden ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Scot Cregan ... Airport Traveller (uncredited)
Jim Hild ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Julie Mun ... State Dept. Staffer (uncredited)

Natasha Sattler ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Janelle Schmidt ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
John Snowden ... Government Minister (uncredited)

Al Sotto ... Limo Driver (uncredited)

Patrick Michael Strange ... State Dept. Staffer (uncredited)

John Warman ... Security (uncredited)

Don Whatley ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Armando Iannucci 
Writing credits
Jesse Armstrong (screenplay) &
Simon Blackwell (screenplay) &
Armando Iannucci (screenplay) &
Tony Roche (screenplay)

Ian Martin (additional dialogue)

Harold Manning  french adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Daniel Hank .... line producer: USA
Paula Jalfon .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
Adam Tandy .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adem Ilhan 
Cinematography by
Jamie Cairney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Boys  (as Ant Boys)
Billy Sneddon 
Casting by
Sarah Crowe 
Meredith Tucker 
Production Design by
Cristina Casali 
Art Direction by
Nick Dent 
Set Decoration by
Clare Keyte 
Costume Design by
Ros Little 
Makeup Department
Kay Bilk .... hair stylist
Kay Bilk .... makeup artist
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair designer
Marese Langan .... makeup designer
Annabelle MacNeal .... assistant hair stylist: USA
Annabelle MacNeal .... assistant makeup artist: USA
Isabelle Webley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Patrick Burrows .... unit manager (as Pat Burrows)
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Louise Seymour .... post-production supervisor
Will Tatum .... production manager: New York
Kurt Uebersax .... production supervisor: USA
Dave Willis .... production manager: Washington D.C.
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas Hopkins .... crowd third assistant director (as Nick Hopkins)
Jon Jennings .... second assistant director
Annalise Laidlow .... third assistant director
Charlie Leech .... first assistant director
Ken Myers .... second assistant director: USA
Mitchell Reichler .... first assistant director: USA
A.J. Smith .... second second assistant director: USA
David Coupland .... floor assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Will McDonagh .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Art Department
Dave Allen .... construction manager
Rachel Aulton .... stand-by art director
Marshall Aver .... production buyer
Ben Bagley .... dressing props
Ray Bell-Chambers .... carpenter
Gary Bird .... carpenter
Alan Bruckner .... art director: USA
Rebecca Chidgey .... assistant art director
Melloney Cunnell .... production buyer
Gary Davies .... stagehand
Matthew Dewar .... props: dailies
Eddie Downes .... props: dailies
Kerry Farley .... painter
Sharon Fergus .... carpenter
Bruce Gallup .... painter (as Bruce Gallop)
Jane Gilchrist .... prop hand
Gavin Grant .... prop hand
David Gray .... painter
Jeffrey Hardwick .... props: dailies
Andy Harris .... props: dailies
Clint Hellyer .... carpenter
Kez Keyte .... stand-by props trainee
Roger Kiff .... carpenter
Dwain Laight .... props: dailies
Ben Lobb .... painter
James Mannell .... prop hand
Toby Marrow .... props: dailies
Eric A. Marx .... props: USA (as Eric Marx)
Antony May .... props: dailies
Eddie O'Neill .... stagehand
Mark Papworth .... prop hand
Morgan Parker .... props: dailies
Steve Parnell .... props: dailies
Nick Pearson .... construction medic
Gert Rademeyer .... carpenter
Sui Rajakaruna .... art department researcher
Steve Register .... property master
Neil Robertson .... stagehand
Tessa Scott .... painter
Michael Spence .... props: dailies
Jo Sweeney .... graphic designer
Donna Turner .... painter
Chris White .... carpenter
Paul White .... carpenter
Michael Whitemore .... props: dailies
Robert J. Dugdale .... painter (uncredited)
Sammy Steward .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... foley editor
Tim Alban .... sound supervisor
Ben Coleman .... boom operator
Phil Coleman .... boom operator
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Gillies .... sound effects supervisor
Michael Moore .... boom operator: USA
Bob Newton .... sound mixer
Anne Pamphilon .... sound coordinator
Richard Pilcher .... sound maintenance
Alex Sullivan .... sound mixer: USA
Chris Treble .... dialogue editor
Andrew Baker .... boom operator (uncredited)
Antony Bayman .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ben Baker .... head of digital lab: Framestore
Clare Brody .... data operator: Framestore
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore
Esme Long .... digital intermediate producer
James Long .... data operator: Framestore
Louie Alexander .... digital compositor: Framestore (uncredited)
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
Paul Burke .... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
Adam Hawkes .... digital compositor: Framestore (uncredited)
Karsten Hecker .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Kevin Lowery .... high definition engineer (uncredited)
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator (uncredited)
Edwin Metternich .... digital intermediate retouch (uncredited)
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
Jimmy Saul .... scanning and recording assistant manager (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Allkins .... electrician
Paul Barker .... rigger
David Bayliss .... rigger
Simon Beach .... electrician
Mark Bentley .... still photographer: USA
Danny Butler .... electrician (as Dan Butler)
John Clarke .... electrician
Frank Cox .... electrician
Craig Davis .... electrician
Frank Dawson .... electrician
Nicola Dove .... still photographer
Mark Elzee .... electrician: USA
John Frisbie .... gaffer: USA
Peter Gilmore .... electrician
Dave Glazier .... electrician
James Grimes .... grip
Darren Harvey .... rigging gaffer
Darren Jackson .... electrician
Larry Knox .... electrician
Joe Kurtz .... key grip: USA
Jake Marcuson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nick Martin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sarfaraz Mavhr .... video assist
Leslie McDonald .... grip: USA
Paul Molley .... electrician
Matt North .... second assistant camera (as Matthew North)
Michael Patrick O'Leary .... best boy: USA (as Mike O'Leary)
Bill Parris .... second assistant camera: USA
Roland C. Phillips .... camera trainee
Nimit 'Thai' Phong .... best boy grip: UDS
Antony Prendergast .... electrician (as Anthony Prendergast)
Steve Robinson .... first assistant camera: USA
Roger Saberworth .... electrician
John Saunders .... electrician
Mark Sneddon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dave Syzmanski .... camera production assistant: USA
Chris Tann .... electrician
Colin Thwaites .... gaffer
Jonathan Whittaker .... assistant camera: credited as
Jonathan Whittaker .... second assistant camera: credited as
Scott Perryman .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Roddewig .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jason Shinsato .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Helen Coker .... casting assistant
Mandy Sprinkel .... extras casting: Washington D.C. (as Mandy Sprinkle)
Dagmar Wittmer .... extras casting: Washington D.C.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Boyle .... costume assistant
Adam Dee .... costume assistant
Becky Garrity .... costume assistant (as Rebecca Garrity)
Ray Greenhill .... costume assistant
Matthew Lauprete .... costume assistant: USA
Janine Marr .... costume supervisor
Adam Pollard .... costumer: USA
Editorial Department
Tabitha Dean .... digital intermediate editorial contact
John Durcan .... post-production assistant
Jan Hogevold .... digital intermediate executive producer
David Johnston .... digital intermediate conform editor
Brian Krijgsman .... colorist
Esme Long .... digital intermediate producer
Immanuel von Bennigsen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Elysian Quartet .... music performers (as The Elysian Quartet)
Adem Ilhan .... musician
Jennymay Logan .... musician: The Elysian Quartet
Laura Moody .... musician: The Elysian Quartet
Mark Rankin .... music recordist
Mark Rankin .... music scoring mixer
Aaron C. Shang .... musician
Vince Sipprell .... musician: The Elysian Quartet
Emma Smith .... musician: The Elysian Quartet
Mark Wiggins .... music studio assistant
Becky Bentham .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Abbie Lister .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Bartlett .... unit driver
Danny Brown .... facilities captain
Simon Burgess .... driver: makeup truck
Lloyd Eaton .... facilities coordinator
Tina Faulkner .... unit driver
Tim Harrison .... driver: costume truck
John Hopwood .... unit driver
Brian Howard .... driver: camera truck
Aidan Keating .... unit driver
Stuart Little .... unit driver
Lee Pellett .... transportation captain
Steven Rose .... driver: dining bus
Ben Smith .... unit driver
Matthew O. Stone .... driver: camera truck
Other crew
Spencer Ackerman .... political consultant
Razwana Akram .... legal services
Geraldine Atlee .... business affairs: BBC Films
Lorraine Bagshaw .... floor runner
Skip Blake .... security coordinator: USA
Lucienne Browne .... trainee script supervisor: FT2 (as Lucie Phillips Browne)
Patrick Burn .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Ben Caird .... production runner
Neil Calder .... bond company: Film Finances
Daniel Castella .... assistant to director
Brian M. Chilcoat .... production assistant: USA (as Brian Chilcoat)
Emma Clarke .... senior executive: New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council
Tonia Cohen .... negative check and script clearances: Capello Media Solutions
Annie Collins .... office production assistant: USA
Kate Conway .... political consultant
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Kyle David Crosby .... production assistant: USA (as Kyle Crosby)
Chris Cullum .... health and safety officer
Sara Curran .... legal services
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Maxine Davis .... production accountant
Joe Downs .... trainee assistant accountant: PGGB
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh .... assistant to director: USA (as Maboyd 'E' Ebrahimzadeh)
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Mike Fidduch .... chef (as Mike Fiddock)
Nathan Gendzier .... location manager: New York
Simon Goldberg .... legal services
Sean Gray .... researcher
Jonathan Harvey .... archive researcher
Hannah Hoover .... production assistant: USA
Tom Howard .... location manager
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Mark Kelly .... travel agent: Avion
James Khouri .... location scout (as James Khoury)
Nicola Mairs .... production coordinator
Tessa Mancini .... production coordinator: New York
Gavin Milligan .... security
Lewis Partovi .... assistant production coordinator
Chrissy Phillips .... hotel booker: Big City Reservations
Alex Pudney .... assistant to director
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
Edward Rees .... location runner
Rebecca Roffey .... representative: Aramid
Jean Sassine .... parking coordinator: USA
Noah Schaftel .... production assistant: USA
Janice Schumm .... script supervisor
Mark Sickle .... production assistant: USA
Martin Sixsmith .... political consultant
Claire Smith .... representative: Aramid
Karen Smith .... location scout
Jane Street .... location scout
Yu-Fai Suen .... representative: Aramid
Helen Swanwick-Thorpe .... trainee assistant production coordinator (as Helen Swanwick)
Dimitra Tsingou .... representative: Aramid
Matthew Vizard .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
David Vogel .... key production assistant: USA (as Dave Vogel)
Tanya von Moser .... unit publicist
Brigitte Ward-Holmes .... assistant accountant
Lisa Williams .... assistant to producers
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Ethan Yang .... assistant location manager: USA
Josh Yudkin .... location scout
Joe Carabeo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lorraine Edwards .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Aerial Longmire .... production assistant (uncredited)
Greg Lubin .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Many scenes set at 10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms's office) were actually filmed at the real 10 Downing Street. The production gained access to the location largely because the staff were extremely excited to meet the actors who were playing their fictional counterparts.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Liza Weld is sometimes referred to as Liza Wells, most notably when Toby is first introducing her to Judy and Simon.See more »
[first lines]
Malcolm Tucker:Good morning, my little chicks and cocks.
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Featured in The British Comedy Awards 2011 (2011) (TV)See more »
Allegro from Violin Concerto in E Major BWV 1042See more »


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44 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
One of the funnier movies this year, 13 July 2009
Author: C-Younkin from United States

The Big Questions: Can an adult comedy (i.e one without masturbation, anal sex, and talking genitals) attract people during the summer season? Can director Armando Iannucci, known for BBC series "The Thick of It", adapt the series to the screen in "In the Loop"? Does this war-room satire bring anything new to war-room satires?

Tom Hollander (the last two Pirates of the Caribbean movies) plays British Secretary of State Simon Foster, who in a radio interview says that war with the Middle East is "unforeseeable." The statement is enough to send the Prime Minister's chief adviser Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) into hysterics. The US President and UK Prime Minister are keen on a war and Tucker wants to give it to them. In Washington, Deputy Secretary of State Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy) has learned of a secret War Committee formed by Linton Barwick (David Rasche) and she dispatches her secretary, Liza (Anna Chlumsky, yup, from 1991's "My Girl"), to find out everything she can about it. Clarke and General Miller (James Gandolfini) are against the war and are willing to do anything in their power to stop it, even inviting Simon and his assistant Toby (Chris Addison) to Washington thinking that Simon might be usable. Just Simon is a clueless pawn without the slightest idea what he's doing. Other story strands center around an anti-war paper written by Liza, and an affair she has with Toby.

The foolishness of government war-mongering is sent-up well by this profane and viciously over the top comedy. If you've read the several books about the events leading up to the Iraq War, the constant and disconcerting string of manipulation, deception, back-door tactics, and posturing for political career gain, as well as how they all think of it as a game without consequences, incorporated by these underlings won't shock you too much, but the laughs just might. Shot with a hand-held camera that brings to mind "The Office", these people run around like chickens with their heads chopped off (some of which is very hard to even keep track of) trying to win out over the other side. The fast pacing, profanely clever dialogue, and flying insults are relentless. There are references to CNN being the Cartoon News Network, kids just out of college making big White House decisions, a sexual encounter for world peace, and a funny attack on a fax machine. In addition to turning profanity into a bodily function, characters (usually) shout pop culture references (John and Yoko, Kid from Eraserhead), and various other more derogatory names at each other. It's a tad excessive at times, but funny.

Peter Capaldi is the key stand-out in the cast, being the most over-the-top of them all. His obscene and excessively profane performance as the Prime Minister's lead guy is tremendously entertaining as he continues to verbally lay-out anyone he doesn't like or that gets in his way with ridiculously clever barbs. Hollander does well with the role of the cluelessly spineless Simon Foster. James Gandolfini and Mimi Kennedy each give strong performances, and Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky (its good to see her back by the way), and the rest of the cast do nice work as well. Also look for Steve Coogan in a funny cameo as a "fogged off" Brit complaining about a wall.

The Verdict: While excessive and hard to follow at times, Iannucci, and his three other writers, create an adult satire that, while may not be for everybody, is pretty funny.

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