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In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 September 2009 (USA)
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A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director:

Armando Iannucci

Writers:

Jesse Armstrong (screenplay), Simon Blackwell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... Malcolm Tucker
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington Samantha Harrington ... Malcolm's Secretary
Gina McKee ... Judy Molloy
Tom Hollander ... Simon Foster
Olivia Poulet ... Suzy
Chris Addison ... Toby Wright
James Smith ... Michael Rodgers
Zach Woods ... Chad
Mimi Kennedy ... Karen Clark
Anna Chlumsky ... Liza Weld
Enzo Cilenti ... Bob Adriano
Lucinda Raikes Lucinda Raikes ... Reporter
James Doherty ... Reporter
David Rasche ... Linton Barwick
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Storyline

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don't... well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall. Written by Loop Film Productions Ltd/AT

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Taglines:

The fate of the world is on the line. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conversa Truncada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£612,650 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£468,954 (United Kingdom), 19 April 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,866, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,384,044, 18 October 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Armando Iannucci, in an interview with Terry Gross on 27 July 2009, said that he at one point told his British cast members to think of "the first time you went to Hollywood", for the scenes that follow the Prime Minister's trip to Washington: "(Y)ou had all sorts of meetings, and all sorts of agents came up to you and said how great you were, and how you thought it was all going to change, and then after your stay in Hollywood for three or four days, you went home empty-handed". He described this as the experience he had when going to Los Angeles a few years before to talk about possibilities for an American version of his show The Thick of It (2005). See more »

Goofs

British outlets are seen in both the Washington hotel and United Nations scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Malcolm Tucker: Good morning, my little chicks and cocks.
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Crazy Credits

The film's final credits roll over a long shot of the main office. At the very end, Malcolm Tucker comes out, looks at the TV and asks, "Who let this woman out with her fucking hair like this?! On national television?! Looks like she stuck her finger in a fucking electrical socket..." before walking away. See more »

Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Erbarme dich, mein Gott! from St. Matthew Passion
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Judit Nemeth (contralto) and the Kölner Kammerorchester (as Cologne Chamber Orchestra)
Conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd.
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Complex, biting, rich with British and American humor
21 June 2009 | by jesubSee all my reviews

Fast paced blend of close-to-truth political intrigue, satire, clever banter and intensity, with enough simplified and goofy humor to keep American audiences shrieking with laughter. The LA festival audience was blessedly quiet through the more subtle and deeply clever humor, so if you have a pan-Atlantic sensibility you can laugh at the cleverly done but obvious stuff, as well as the richer humor that requires attention.

The cast - American, English and Scottish all did an amazing job with high synergy.

There is quite a lot of both obvious and subtle political and cultural allegory, homages, and oblique references.

It was great to see it in a packed theater, and get that immersive social experience one does not get with a DVD.


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