In the Loop

In the Loop

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Director: Armando Iannucci

Cast: Armando Iannucci, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander

     
 

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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tellsSee more details below

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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) goes into a tirade when the press turns Foster's passing comment into a major news story. Foster becomes an unwitting media figure, and he and his personal communications director, Judy (Gina McKee), are joined by political damage control expert Toby (Chris Addison) as they're sent to Washington, D.C., to meet with American political and military leaders. Despite Judy's and Toby's help, Foster displays a stubborn inability to say what he's supposed to, and he finds himself caught in the middle between pro-war factions -- including diplomat Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy) and State Department official Linton Barwick (David Rasche) -- and those who oppose the conflict, including Pentagon attaché General Miller (James Gandolfini) and activist Liza (Anna Chlumsky). As if matters weren't already complicated enough, Liza used to date Toby when they were college students, and Gen. Miller was once involved with Clarke, adding bitter romantic history to an already rocky playing field. In the Loop received its North American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Paula Carino
In the Loop is a fast-paced, lancet-witted ensemble comedy from first-time film director Armando Iannucci, based on his satirical BBC sitcom The Thick of It. The film tracks the lies, misunderstandings, bad intel, and PR blunders within in a few corridors of British and American power that escalate into a full-blown (fictional) crisis in the Middle East over the course of a few days, during a few conversations and meetings. Though played for laughs, the movie demonstrates how the most incidental factors (leaked papers, hastily spoken sound bites) and players (aides, interns, and low-level government officials) can influence the course of history. The pitch-perfect cast does a great job with Iannucci's script, improvising just enough to maintain the pseudo-documentary feel of the TV show. Even when the action gets loose and rollicking, the tone is tightly controlled satire, and the humor emerges organically from the situations and relationships at hand. Peter Capaldi, reprising his TV role, is hilarious as a foul-mouthed, perpetually riled up director of communications for the British prime minister. Mimi Kennedy gives a droll but heartfelt performance as a pacifist U.S. diplomat who shares some touching and funny scenes with a relatively subdued James Gandolfini, playing a U.S. general with surprising views on war. And Tom Hollander quietly steals the show as the hapless British secretary of state for International Development whose careless remark in an interview sets off the events that catapult him into deeper waters than he has ever tread.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0030306184098
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
44,464

Special Features

Trailer; Deleted Scenes; TV Spot; Behind the Scenes Featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
James Gandolfini General Miller
Tom Hollander Simon Foster
David Rasche Linton Barwick
Gina McKee Judy Molloy
Chris Addison Toby
Anna Chlumsky Liza Weld
Steve Coogan Paul Michaelson
Mimi Kennedy Karen Clarke
Harry Hadden-Paton Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington Malcolm's Secretary
Olivia Poulet Suzy
James Smith Michael Rodgers
Zach Woods Chad
Enzo Cilenti Bob Adriano
Lucinda Raikes Reporter
James Doherty Reporter
Reid Sasser Airport Security Official
Johnny Pemberton A.J.
Chipo Chung Annabelle Hsin
Del Pentecost White House Tourist
Joanna Scanlan Roz
Joanna Brookes Mrs. McDiarmid
Rita May Mrs. Michaelson
Paul Higgins Jamie MacDonald
Alex MacQueen Sir Jonathan Tutt
Eve Matheson New Minister
Will Smith New Advisor

Technical Credits
Armando Iannucci Director,Screenwriter
Jesse Armstrong Screenwriter
Kay Bilk Makeup
Simon Blackwell Screenwriter
Ant Boys Editor
Jamie Cairney Cinematographer
Cristina Casali Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting
Nick Dent Art Director
Tamsin Dorling Makeup
Simon Fawcett Executive Producer
Adem Ilhan Score Composer
Paula Jalfon Executive Producer
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Marese Langan Makeup
Charlie Leech Asst. Director
Ros Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Loader Producer
Tony Roche Screenwriter
Billy Sneddon Editor
Adam Tandy Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Meredith Tucker Casting
Isabelle Webley Makeup
Dave Willis Production Manager

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