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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

Josef Stalin 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 arch-rival Leon Trotsky for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin. 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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Robert Duvall and Maximilian Schell; and three Oscar nominees: Joan Plowright, Frank Finlay, and Daniel Massey. 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

Dr. Lukomsky: [Referring to Stalin, who's on his deathbed] Hemorrhage on his brain... He can't breathe.
Beria: [vindictively] Let him die - murdering bastard.
Beria: [the dying Stalin chuckles and it appears he's regaining consciousness, so Beria panics and begins kissing Stalin's hand] Forgive me... forgive me... forgive me...
[Stalin goes back into his coma, and Beria feels safe, so he spits on the floor in contempt]
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Connections

Features The Nazis Strike (1943) 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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Intriguing and Stunning. Duvall's Greatest.
11 December 2005 | by jsataluriSee all my reviews

Probably one of the TV movies I had never heard about until I watched it 3 years ago in history class. This movie details the life of Joseph Stalin, the notorious Communist leader, brought to life by a stunning Robert Duvall who brings out his greatest performance ever.

Narrated by Stalin's daughter Svetlana, this begins with Stalin joining Lenin and the Bolsheviks in their fight against the government, eventually setting up their own government themselves. Most of his biography is well known to us, however this movie brings out the character of Stalin as a psycho villain who did not trust a single person, not even his associates and took extreme measures to exterminate them all. His ego and paranoia alienated him from his friends and his family, even to the point where his wife (Julia Ormond) commits suicide and young Svetlana hating him. But in the end, he does not change and this leads to his downfall and death.

Although the film does suffer in pacing, it is the performance of Robert Duvall that makes it worth watching. In my opinion, Duvall is simply the best actor out of the Godfather series, better than Brando, Pacino, De Niro or Caan. His performances are real and endearing as he simply becomes Stalin by portraying the ruthlessness and paranoia of the mad Communist dictator; a man who could not be solved by his friends or family, and who could not be controlled by anyone even himself. The supporting cast headed by Julia Ormond as Stalin's wife, Maximillian Schell as Lenin and Roshan Seth as Berin do well, but it is Duvall's show all the way. This TV movie is what is not shown in history textbooks. It is engaging and real, but not a masterpiece. History buffs will enjoy watching this, trying to put the pieces together about the madman known as Joseph Stalin.

8 out of 10.


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