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In the Loop -- 2010 Academy Award (R) nominee for best adapted screenplay, and on over 50 Top Ten critics lists, IN THE LOOP is a smart comedy from the acclaimed team who created the award-winning BBC TV comedy series ALAN PARTRIDGE and THE THICK OF IT. The film is drawing instant comparisons to some of the great political and absurdist comedies such as DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, WAG THE DOG, and MONTY PYTHON. With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue, the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. With everyone looking out for number one and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), the hilarious ensemble cast of characters bumbles its way through Machiavellian political dealings across continents and toward comic resolutions that are unforeseeable. This must-see indie comedy from IFC Films stars James Gandolfini, Peter Capaldi and Steve Coogan.
In the Loop -- This is the Dr. Strangelove-inspired theatrical trailer for In the Loop.
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In the Loop -- The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing.


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The fate of the world is on the line. See more »
A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
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
Nick Hopkins .... crowd third assistant director
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
David Preece .... film mastering engineer
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
Steven Robinson .... assistant camera
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
Location Management
Patrick Burn .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Nathan Gendzier .... location manager: New York
Tom Howard .... location manager
James Khouri .... location scout (as James Khoury)
Karen Smith .... location scout
Jane Street .... location scout
Ethan Yang .... assistant location manager: USA
Josh Yudkin .... location scout
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
Billy Ray Hass .... transportation captain (as Billy R. Hass)
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)
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)
Simon Goldberg .... legal services
Sean Gray .... researcher
Jonathan Harvey .... archive researcher
Hannah Hoover .... production assistant: USA
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Mark Kelly .... travel agent: Avion
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-Andre Sassine .... parking coordinator: USA (as Jean Sassine)
Noah Schaftel .... production assistant: USA
Janice Schumm .... script supervisor
Mark Sickle .... production assistant: USA
Martin Sixsmith .... political consultant
Claire Smith .... representative: Aramid
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
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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Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-3 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Ireland:15 | Ireland:15A (theatrical release) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | New Zealand:M (TV rating) | Norway:A | Russia:18+ | Singapore:M18 | Spain:7 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated

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The shooting script after thirty days of filming was 237 pages long. The first cut of the film was 4.5 hours long. The final edit took four months to complete.See more »
Continuity: In England, Simon Foster rides around in a Volvo S80, but a Mercedes E-Class is used for the interior shots.See more »
[first lines]
Malcolm Tucker:Good morning, my little chicks and cocks.
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52 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
An anti-war shag? … In the Loop, 11 August 2009
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

There is something about British comedy that resonates with me. I don't know if it is because we in the States experience so little of it, or maybe because Hollywood rapes and pillages the material for their own water-downed versions, but the humor just seems fresh, uncensored, and hilarious. When I first came across the new political black comedy In the Loop, I will admit to being less than interested. The marketing materials were using the whole Obama silkscreen poster look and I really wasn't interested in a movie about how the US and Britain decided to go into the Middle East. But then the buzz started. The realization that the film was shot with a penchant for improv, a desire to entertain rather than teach, and a cast of characters looking as though they are in a Christopher Guest movie, soon turned that preconception around. This is a fantastic film that never lets up on the laughs or one-liners. I just hope people go into it knowing that this isn't how it actually happened … but then who knows? Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

The back and forth dialogue is so quick that I couldn't believe my eyes when I read a quote from the director about it all being about 80-85% scripted. He says that he gave the actors leeway to break course and even do takes without scripts at all, but when culling everything together, most of what stuck actually maintained the verbiage laid out by its five screenwriters. Each of these men, including director Armando Iannucci, has been working with British television and all have collaborated on the show "The Thick of It". I will say now, if I get a chance to check it out, I most certainly will. Political satire is not necessarily my favorite thing in the world—I'll watch the odd "Daily Show" episode—but after viewing this laugh-riot, checking out a spoof on the British political system, of which I know very little, could be a ton of fun. Heck, just the inclusion of Peter Capaldi will get me to stop surfing when I reach the BBC. This guy steals the show without question.

Capaldi plays Malcolm Turner, a Brit on the frontline of politics as an aide to the Prime Minister, spinning everything and anything to save face. With no time to spare on his running across the Atlantic to put out fires wherever his compatriots start them, you will have to forgive his abrasive, sarcastic, and just plain mean demeanor. The idea of war is being bandied about on talk shows, behind closed-door governmental meetings, and all over the media machine, and it is up to him to keep a lid on it by walking the party line, neither stating a fight is inevitable or unforeseeable—two terms that the buffoon who is British Secretary of State for International Development Simon Foster, played beautifully by the ever capable Tom Hollander, loves to utter. Foster just has to open his mouth to cause a stir felt around the world, and each time, of course, Malcolm Turner is there to chastise and humiliate his stupidity.

The film ultimately revolves around the journey Hollander's Foster takes in trying to enhance exposure for himself. Partaking in talk shows or talking out of turn when enlisted to just be "room meat", some of the Americans begin to see him as someone abroad that shares their sentiment that war is a bad idea. While David Rasche's Linton Barwick—a hardcore proponent of battle, even using a live grenade as a paperweight—forms secret committees to discuss strategies for war, Mimi Kennedy's Karen Clarke and James Gandolfini's Lt. General George Miller are looking for ways to get into that meeting and shut it down. As a result, those two dissenters try to get Foster at every event to awkwardly express his stance of war being unforeseeable, hoping to deter any people on the fence that may be in attendance. So, Malcolm must run back and forth through England and DC spinning things his way and lambasting anyone that gets in his line of fire. Either Foster is too oblivious to care about the verbal assaults thrown his way or he just feels he can blame his Director of Communications Judy, who he makes stay at home while he globe-trots with his new young adviser Toby, (Gina McKee and Chris Addison respectively). Toby and Foster are so similar in their awe of America and lack of experience that their adventures make for good cinema, taking camera phone pics out their limo and speaking about getting hookers for the ride.

In the Loop is expertly acted and, for the most part, I have to credit that to the intelligent script being utilized. Whether the actors are improvising or not, the original text they are sticking to or springboarding from needed to be strong. By using all the jokes and imbecilic actions we associate with politicians, the writers have crafted a plausible, if not entirely idiotic, account of the days leading up to our countries' joint invasion. Documents are leaked, words are twisted, and supposed partners are stabbed in the back. But through it all we have Capaldi doing his best to keep Britain's stance as noncommittal as possible. And, truthfully, the way in which he does it makes for what has to be the funniest role of the year. Every word out of his mouth is acerbic and full of double meaning. With the f-word spewing at will and demeaning name-callings going left and right, make sure your head is clear if British speech sometimes troubles you in the comprehension realm. Understanding his words definitely pays off, keeping what would otherwise be a slightly bloated and meandering plot grounded in comedic excellence.

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