The Death of Stalin Poster

Release Date: March 9th, 2018

R|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria -- the sadistic secret police chief. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains -- just who is running the government?

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Olga Kurylenko

Director: Armando Iannucci

Genres: Dark comedy

Production Co: Free Range Films, Main Journey, Quad Productions

Distributors: IFC Films

Keywords: Death, Quest, 1950s, Pursuit, Office, Cheeky, Rivalry, Fall, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Though not as stuffed with rapid-fire laughs as In the Loop...this makes a very fine sophomore outing. show more

  • Armando Iannucci’s absurdist comedy reveals this in an extremely loose manner of speaking, with malice aforethought, straight-faced glee and formidable sharpshooting that occasionally misfires. It isn’t history but free-range fiction, a venomous farce containing nuggets of fact, and if its subjects bear any resemblance to present-day dictators and authoritarian mugs or thugs around the world, then the movie has hit its archetypal target. show more

  • The novelty of his volcanically vulgar, deeply cynical tone may have worn off some, but Iannucci has nonetheless crafted another poisonous cocktail of naked ambition and blustery bravado with a decidedly bitter aftertaste. show more

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)