The Death of Stalin

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  106 min.
Release Date: March 16, 2018 - Toronto
DVD: June 19, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.46
based on 70 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Adrian McLoughlin, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor

Synopsis

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci.

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale).

But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

Based on the comic book The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.

Director: Armando Iannucci
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
Screenplay: Fabien Nury, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin

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  • 5 stars "Loved it! As satire of course. Must have a good working knowledge of this time in history and the players as well as an evolved and unimpaired sense of humor, otherwise you will be eclipsed by this film."
  • 5 stars "For someone old enough to remember the death of the second most prolific mass murderer in history behind Mao Tse Tung and who later took Russian political history as part of his political science degree and who served five years in the stultifying bureaucracy of Trudeau 1.0 in the early 70s, this movie was tailor made for me. In any case, I gave it five stars and consider it the funniest film I've seen in several years. It showed the mindless hilarity of bureaucracy and the fear and cover your assets hilarity of a dictatorship. The acting was superb with Tambour and Buscemi the best of a strong cast. If you have worked in and escaped from the hell of mindless bureaucracy then this is the funniest and the best film you'll see this year. If you voted for Trudeau and still support him, not so much."
  • 5 stars "Truly an absolutely love it or absolutely hate it type movie. I personally loved it! It was different and very funny. It brought out just how ridiculous politics can be when everyone is terrified for their life. It kind of reminded me of the cabinet under Trump. As you well see most people gave this 5 stars or 1, this tells you something."