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The Death of Stalin

Movie
2017
1h 47m
R
English
Comedy, Drama, History
User Score: 
7.4
Critic Score: 
92
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When dictator Joseph Stalin dies, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains — just who is running the government?
The Death of Stalin Poster

The Death of Stalin

R
Movie
2017
1h 47m
English
Comedy, Drama, History
When dictator Joseph Stalin dies, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains — just who is running the government?
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Steve Buscemi
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Simon Russell Beale
Lavrenti Beria
Jeffrey Tambor
Georgy Malenkov
Dermot Crowley
Lazar Kaganovich
Michael Palin
Vyacheslav Molotov
Paul Chahidi
Nicolai Bulganin
Paul Whitehouse
Anastas Mikoyan
Jason Isaacs
Field Marshal Zhukov
Andrea Riseborough
Svetlana Stalin
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Josef Stalin
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Vasily Stalin
Olga Kurylenko
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Directed By: Armando Iannucci
Written By: David Schneider (Screenplay), Armando Iannucci (Screenplay), + 2 more

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notnixon says...
6 years ago
It's ace to be able to sit for 100 minutes and watch massively talented actors have so much fun with such impressive writing.
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nmahoney416 says...
6 years ago
I was hoping it would be a little more funny. There weren't a lot of laughs. Acting was fine. I was bored for most of it and it lost my attention for most of the movie.
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enry_cami says...
6 years ago
The movie is definitely not for everyone. If the type of humor used in the movie doesn't work with you, you'll probably find the whole experience pretty weird. That's not my case, though. The story is beautifully told and, even though I already knew how it was going to end, it managed to captivate me for the whole duration. The cast was really well picked, with great synergy between them. The actors were able to portray the ruthlessness of their characters while making them look like fools, creating a really funny juxtaposition. The resemblance with the real people, while not perfect, was really well done, almost like a slight caricature. Overall, a very enjoyable movie. Its 100 minutes go by very smoothly and if you don't know much( or anything) about the period around the death of Stalin it is a good way to learn about it and the players in this Soviet game of thrones. 8/10
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
6 years ago
The Thick Of It: the Russian Edition! Great script, wonderful dialogue, and talented playing by the accomplished cast. Funny, to be sure, but some of the comedy is offset by the ugliness of the real life events and characters that form the basis of the film.
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Featured User Reviews

Keeper70
6 years ago
The multi-talented Armando Iannucci takes his unique and caustic eye and focusses it on the Soviet Union of the 1950s. This was a time of mass suppression and death and shameful time in the history of Russia and humanity. So do you think was going to make it a balls-out comedy? No. With Iannucci it More
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Mex5150
6 years ago
An interesting, but somewhat worrying docudrama look at the United Kingdom if Comrade Corbyn ever came to power.
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Gimly
6 years ago
Pretty genuinely funny, which I was not expecting. A great one for me and my roommate with a hammer and sickle tattoo to watch together.

_Final rating:★★★ - I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._
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inspectors71
10 months ago
Oh, Lordy, how close were these characters to the real people? If you want to learn how illegitimate governments use and abuse power, this is your movie. Forget Seven Days in May, Downfall, All the President's Men, etc. This black-hearted comedy is about the machinations of the Politburo (or what More
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