Death of Stalin, The

R | 1 hr. 47 min.
Opened Friday, March 9th
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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 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, the wily Nikita Khrushchev, and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. 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.

Director

Arnando Iannucci

Cast

Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi

Advisory

Rated R for language throughout, violence and some sexual references