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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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 »

Goofs

After Kelso is released from the police station he is given a ride by the Russian intelligence. You can clearly see that he is getting into black BMW 5 series (e-39) but in the next shot he is getting out from a black BMW 7 series (e-38). See more »

Quotes

Fluke Kelso: You should do that more often.
Zinaida: What?
Fluke Kelso: Laugh.
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'Archangel' is quite friendly towards those not familiar with the legacy of Josef Stalin, and is an engrossing mystery as a result...
24 April 2005 | by Extraordinary_MachineSee all my reviews

Archangel

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.

'Archangel' is quite friendly towards those not familiar with the legacy of Josef Stalin, and is an engrossing mystery as a result. Unfortunately, there's also a lack of character development here. The people in this television film are just sort of presented to the audience, and then become pawns in the film's narrative. So it doesn't work very well as a thriller, and maybe an extra half an hour or so could have worked out this problem. However, Daniel Craig and Russian actress Yekaterina Rednikova give reliable performances, and the ending is definitely not what I was expecting (but in a good way). Not without its flaws, but worth catching when it's on again.

~ 7/10 ~


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