The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci (2017)

106min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Don't be fooled by the title, this clever and decidedly different "horrible history" chronicles the before, during and aftermath of the demise of the Soviet dictator, and is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, the man behind hit TV series The Thick of It and Veep. But if it is history, it's not history as we know it, as it's played as broad comedy, and in an array of English and US street accents. Yet it still manages to convey a real sense of what Soviet life must have been like during Stalin's paranoid "Great Terror" and the Kremlin power struggle and purge that followed his death. The crack cast includes Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin and Andrea Riseborough, but it's Simon Russell Beale (as secret police boss Beria) and Steve Buscemi (as future party leader Khrushchev) who stand out from an outstanding crowd. Indeed, kudos are deserved everywhere for a well-written, beautifully played and offbeat piece of re-imagined history that's always funny despite humour sometimes stemming from a distinct sense of unease.

Cast & Crew

Nikita Khrushchev Steve Buscemi
Beria Simon Russell Beale
Andreyev Paddy Considine
Vasily Stalin Rupert Friend
Georgy Zhukov Jason Isaacs
Maria Yudina Olga Kurylenko
Vyacheslav Molotov Michael Palin
Svetlana Stalin Andrea Riseborough
Kaganovich Dermot Crowley
Joseph Stalin Adrian McLoughlin
Anastas Mikoyan Paul Whitehouse
Georgy Malenkov Jeffrey Tambor
Tarasov Richard Brake
Director Armando Iannucci
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneReleased on: 20 Oct 2017