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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 ... 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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Trivia

To prepare for the role, Robert Duvall watched numerous hours of newsreels, read many books about Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, and spoke to Russians who remembered him. He said that playing Stalin was the most challenging role of his career. See more »

Goofs

When there's a brawl at the railway station, all the train guards are standing at attention and staring straight ahead. They should be trying to restore order. See more »

Quotes

Svetlana Alliluyeva: [as narrator] Nadia thought Stalin was going to change Russia...
[ironically]
Svetlana Alliluyeva: She was right.
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Connections

Features October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

The Swan
from "Carnival of the Animals"
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Used as background music for archive footage
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Brilliant,awesome;Duvall Is a genius!
17 August 2013 | by stephen-hoylandSee all my reviews

I could watch this film over and over again - why It was a TV Movie rather than a box-office smash I will never know. Robert Duvall Is absolutely flawless In his portrayal of Stalin - we're talking Oscar-deserving acting here! Roshan Seth as the creepy,selfish, arrogant Laventy Beria Is superb;Colin Jeavons as Yagoda;Jim Carter as Sergo;the great Maximilian Schell as Lenin (what fantastic make-up;I thought Lenin had been reincarnated)!The list goes on,a marvellous mix of International actors who blend beautifully to recreate the lives,times and crimes of Stalin,his entourage and his enemies,both real and Imagined. I've studied Stalin a lot over the years and this film Is about as historically accurate as one could get. This piece of pure genius Is a must-see. Absolutely fantastic In every respect!


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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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