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The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writer:

Paul Monash
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Stalin
Julia Ormond ... Nadya
Maximilian Schell ... Lenin
Jeroen Krabbé ... Bukharin (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Joan Plowright ... Olga
Frank Finlay ... Sergei
Roshan Seth ... Beria
Daniel Massey ... Trotsky
András Bálint András Bálint ... Zinoviev (as Andras Balint)
John Bowe ... Voroshilov
Jim Carter ... Sergo
Murray Ewan Murray Ewan ... Khrushchev
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Zina
Ravil Isyanov ... Yakov
Colin Jeavons ... Yagoda
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Storyline

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (Robert Duvall) rises from his rejection as being physically unfit in the Czar's Army during World War I to undisputed head of the huge Soviet empire of the 1950s. After the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, he vies with archrival Leon Trotsky (Daniel Massey) for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin (Maximilian Schell). After Lenin's stroke, the merciless Georgian's ruthless methods soon eliminates all rivals and his cruel paranoia and overt sadism help him maintain power by eliminating every possible rival, including many former comrades. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Death had a name.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Russia | Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сталин See more »

Filming Locations:

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first American movie to be premiered in Moscow. See more »

Goofs

Very obvious wig worn by Robert Duvall throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Stalin: You think I don't know? Stalin knows. I know what you say, what you do, who you screw. I know everything about you.
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Connections

Features Why We Fight (1942) See more »

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The Swan
from "Carnival of the Animals"
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Great biography on Stalin's life
8 April 2013 | by styujioSee all my reviews

I'm not a great fan of biography films, but Stalin is an exception. This film was fantastic when I first watched it in History class. This film basically showcases the important aspects of the life the Russian leader Joseph Stalin. From his early political career to the rise of the Soviet Union and eventually the Moscow Show Trials, the Great Purges and the last stages of his life, told through the eyes of his daughter. Stalin features a powerful and riveting performance by Robert Duvall, as well as similarly great performances from the supporting actors including Maximillian Schell and Julia Ormond. The music by Stanislas Syrewicz is epic and suits the film very well. The screenplay is very gripping and well-written. The cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond is wonderful as well as the atmosphere. Also look out for Kevin McNally in an small role before he played Gibbs in Pirates of the Caribbean. Overall, Stalin is must-watch film for those interested in biographies, historical figures and well, good movies.


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