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The Death of Stalin (2017)

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Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.

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Armando Iannucci
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 17 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olga Kurylenko ... Maria Veniaminovna Yudina
Tom Brooke ... Sergei
Paddy Considine ... Andreyev
Justin Edwards ... Spartak Sokolov - Conductor 1
Adrian McLoughlin ... Josef Stalin
Simon Russell Beale ... Lavrenti Beria
Jeffrey Tambor ... Georgy Malenkov
Steve Buscemi ... Nikita Khrushchev
Michael Palin ... Vyacheslav Molotov
Paul Ready ... NKVD Officer Delov
Yulya Muhrygina Yulya Muhrygina ... Woman in Layers of Clothes
Andrey Korzhenevskiy Andrey Korzhenevskiy ... Man in Layers of Clothes
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Musician 1 (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)
Jeremy Limb Jeremy Limb ... Musician 2
Andy Gathergood ... Citizen Bundled into Car
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Storyline

In early-1953 Moscow, under the Great Terror's heavy cloak of state paranoia, the ever-watchful Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered the following morning, a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads like a virus among the senior members of the Council of Ministers as they scramble to maintain order, weed out the competition, and, ultimately, take power. But in the middle of a gut-wrenching roller-coaster of incessant plotting, tireless machinations, and frail allegiances, absolutely no one is safe; not even the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria. In the end, who will prevail after the death of Stalin? Written by Nick Riganas

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You'll laugh or else. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

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rated R for language throughout, violence and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Stalin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$184,805, 11 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,041,828, 26 July 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Beria locks a young woman in a cell and then gives her a bunch of flowers upon release. Beria was a notorious sexual predator, sometimes driven around Moscow in search of victims. After Beria had finished with his victims, they were routinely offered a bunch of flowers. To accept was to imply that whatever had happened was consensual. To refuse meant arrest and disappearance. See more »

Goofs

Faced with Stalin's imminent death, Svetlana says that she knows "doctors in Stalingrad". Stalingrad is an industrial city far away in Southern Russia. Surely, the writers meant Leningrad (St Petersburg) which would indeed have many distinguished doctors. Svetlana doesn't seem to have spent any time in Stalingrad, so there's no reason to think that she would have known doctors there. See more »

Quotes

Guard 1: [hearing Stalin's body hit the floor with a thud] Should we investigate...?
Guard 2: Should you shut the fuck up before you get us both killed?
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Crazy Credits

Black-and-white photographs of the main characters appear over the end credits, but various figures are airbrushed out, have their faces defaced, or have other people superimposed over them, as per Soviet photos of Trotsky and purge victims. See more »

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Featured in Peston on Sunday: Episode #4.5 (2017) See more »

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Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 in B Minor
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Galaxy Symphonic Orchestra
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A great political satire
21 December 2017 | by nphilip21See all my reviews

Watched this at the cinema last night and although I was looking forward to it and was expecting it to be good I was still pleasantly surprised.

Firstly: the actors all put in very believable and impressive performances. A joy to behold. Secondly: the plot is as intruiging as it is funny and really keeps you glued to the screen. Thirdly: this made me laugh out loud at least five times during it's run-time. You know: the sort of laughs you just can't hold back even if you try.

In essence this is a very dark film that makes light of the crimes against humanity all these people were actually guilty of comitting. Some people might find it offensive that they are portrayed as quite funny and engaging characters. But I think Iannucci does such a good job reminding the audience of the nature of these people that he keeps a balance and really succeeds with this movie.

Very enjoyable. One of the best movies of the year. I really enjoyed this - and if you like whitty dialogue, good acting and an intelligently unfolded plot - you will too.


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