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A British college professor, working in Russia, investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.


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Robert Harris (novel), Dick Clement (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Prof. Fluke Kelso
Yekaterina Rednikova ... Zinaida Rapava
Gabriel Macht ... R.J. O'Brian
Lev Prygunov ... Vladimir Mamantov
Alexey Diakov ... Suvorin
Harry Ditson ... Frank Adelman
Tanya Moodie ... Velma
Avtandil Makharadze ... Josef Stalin
Anna Gerasimova Anna Gerasimova ... Anna
Claudia Harrison ... Louise
Kaspars Zvigulis Kaspars Zvigulis ... Young Papu Rapava
Valery Chernyak Valery Chernyak ... Old Papu Rapava
Aurelija Anuzhite Aurelija Anuzhite ... Olga
Ziedonis Lochmelis Ziedonis Lochmelis ... Viktor
Jakov Rafalson Jakov Rafalson ... Moscow Official (as Yakov Rafalson)


Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever. Written by Christopher Hall

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English | Russian

Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Arcángel See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Ukraina, Moscow, Russia See more »

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(2 parts)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Fluke is talking to Zinaida out on the street after he first meets her, there is an Audi parked by the curb with a license plate containing the numbers "007". See more »


Kelso states that Arkhangelsk was founded by Peter the Great, but Arkhangelsk was founded no later than 1584, almost a century before Peter was even born. See more »


Fluke Kelso: You should do that more often.
Zinaida: What?
Fluke Kelso: Laugh.
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A challenging film that addresses some of Russia's darkest past epochs.
30 July 2015 | by lois-lane33See all my reviews

I kind of have a simplistic view of things-I tend to see life as a situation of the Martini drinkers versus the Mojito drinkers....maybe I'm right-maybe not. This film was something that took my mind away from seeing the world as two waring tribes who are diametrically opposed. This film portrays things in the world as very complex & full of hidden avenues and unexpected twists and turns. I found this film thoroughly well done and thoroughly watchable and not at all amateurish or clinical in its portrayal of people, places, and events. It was very realistic and I truly got the feeling of being in a frigid cold place in the midst of challenging obstacles. Daniel Crag was effective in his role as a writer/scholar, in this movie. I think Archangel still rates as one of the worlds great forbidden places so seeing it in this movie was definitely unique. I give it an eight out of ten, not a nine out of ten since Stalin actually still has living relatives in this very day and age. And they are not male. And you don't get to pick your parents. Or your grand parents.

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