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Archangel (2005)

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

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Jon Jones

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Robert Harris (novel), Dick Clement (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Archangel See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Ukraina, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stalin had two sons, one of whom, Yakov, died in German captivity during the war, the other, Vasilii died of alcoholism in 1962. Yakov's son Evgenii has tried to carry the family torch, much as "Joseph" in the film, with little success. The conceit of the film might be based on the discovery in 2001 of another Stalin grandson, whose father was conceived during Stalin's exile in Siberia before the revolution. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fluke Kelso: If this book really exists, it's a piece of history.
Old Papu Rapava: What use is history to me?
Fluke Kelso: Well, history like this can sometimes be worth a lot of money.
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Likely Scenario
23 April 2015 | by MoviegoerinWISee all my reviews

While watching this film I kept thinking of the Forbes journalist Paul Klebnikov who wrote about political and economic matters in Russia and got very close to the inner circle of Oligarchs and then was eventually assassinated.

He was the editor for Forbes in Russia and was shot while leaving the office one night. Transported to the hospital in an ambulance with no oxygen, upon arrival the elevator broke down while being taken to surgery.

Though the main character played by Craig in this film is not shot, he comes close to getting assassinated.

This is a very interesting film if you are into the political history of Russia. But it is slow at times and everyone is a bit too aloof, so the character development is shallow.

But it's a good film in other respects. Seven stars.


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