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The Death of Stalin (2017)

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Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

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Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

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

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Trivia

The film alludes to a plane crash in which most of the Soviet ice hockey team was killed. This happened at Sverdlovsk, though in 1950 - three years before Stalin's death. It is true that Vasili Stalin, the patron of the team, was fearful of his father's reaction, and tried to recruit a new team at extremely short notice. See more »

Goofs

Malenkov did not become General Secretary of the Communist Party when Stalin died. He did, however, become Premier of the Soviet Union. The Soviet leadership was clearly in flux, and Malenkov never had the status of obvious successor to Stalin that the movie implies. He did not chair the Politburo meeting after Stalin died; Khrushchev did. See more »

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Georgy Zhukov: I'm going to have to report this conversation, threatening to do harm or obstruct any member of the Presidium in the process of...
[He sees Khrushchev's expression and bursts out laughing]
Georgy Zhukov: look at your fucking face!
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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 Sky News: Sunrise: Episode dated 19 October 2017 (2017) See more »

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Ensemble
26 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

What makes this film special is its outstanding ensemble of character actors. The committee room scenes in particular are a riot of jockeying for position, snide remarks and politicking of the highest, or should that be lowest, order. Performers of this calibre could bring even the dullest script to life, but it so happens they have excellent material to work with here, and they rise to it like the thoroughbreds they are.

British theatregoers will be familiar with names that are probably not at all known elsewhere: Dermot Crowley, Paul Chahidi and Karl Johnson are hugely respected in the UK for their distinguished careers on stage. Topping the lot is Simon Russell Beale, the current king of British classical acting, at last finding a film role that gives him an opportunity to show what he can do. He and Steve Buscemi are the central antagonists in THE DEATH OF STALIN, and it is a joy to watch them at each other's throats.

Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Tom Brooke...We are truly spoilt.


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