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Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File (2007)

Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 31 August 2007 (Poland)
This documentary follows ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko from his forced exile from Russia, to his death from poisoning in November of 2006.


Andrey Nekrasov

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Credited cast:
Alexander Litvinenko Alexander Litvinenko ... Himself (archive footage) (as Aleksandr Litvinenko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boris Berezovsky Boris Berezovsky ... Himself
André Glucksmann André Glucksmann ... Himself
Marina Litvinenko Marina Litvinenko ... Herself
Andrei Lugovoi Andrei Lugovoi ... Himself
Anna Politkovskaya Anna Politkovskaya ... Herself (archive footage)
Vladimir Putin ... Himself


The dark secret of the Kremlin unravel in this story of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko poisoned lat November in London told in his own words and in never seen before footage and interviews with his widow, his friends and his alleged killers. Written by Anonymous

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Russian | English | French

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,402, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,293, 22 June 2008
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A fascinating piece, both in its contents and cinematic form.
6 October 2007 | by cinefan73See all my reviews

A fascinating piece, both in its contents and cinematic form. Editing is particularly strong, given the nature of the access which became impossible the moment the world started to pay attention. Nekrasov had been interested in Litvinenko before the latter's tragic fame but this film was apparently put together only after the poisoning. I've seen some other pics on the subject but none came anywhere near creating this unsettling sensation of being in the middle of it all. That is partly because of the director's on screen interaction with Litvinenko, which allowed me to identify with the narrator and made Litvinenko more credible (half of the Russians think he was a criminal, going by the official propaganda). I lived in Russia and Ukraine but somehow watching "Rebellion..." in Toronto really shocked, frightened and angered me forcing to redefine the term "corrution" in my mind. In some parts of the world corruption evidently means murder. "Rebellion" is structured like a novel, divided in chapters, and it masterfully controls various lines of the complex plot; but ultimately it is not a murder story and those who expect one might be disappointed. I admit I had myself wondered why a "Litvinenko movie" should be called "Rebellion", but having watched it I cannot think of a more appropriate title.

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