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In the loop - James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, Armando Iannucci

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Movie propaganda

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller (James Gandolfini) doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander). But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.

If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one (Chris Addison) can sleep with the right intern (Anna Chlumsky), and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don't... well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy (Gina McKee), who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall (Steve Coogan).

Theatrical propaganda posters

In the loop theatrical one sheet image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film dark comedy politics USA UK war creation sex spin "The thick of it" bureaucrat

Persons of interest

  • Peter Capaldi .... Malcolm Tucker
  • Tom Hollander .... Simon Foster
  • Gina McKee .... Judy Molloy
  • James Gandolfini .... Lieutenant General George Miller
  • Chris Addison .... Toby Wright
  • Anna Chlumsky .... Liza Weld
  • Enzo Cilenti .... Bob Adriano
  • Paul Higgins .... Jamie MacDonald
  • Mimi Kennedy .... Karen Clarke
  • Alex Macqueen .... Sir Jonathan Tutt
  • Johnny Pemberton .... AJ Brown
  • Olivia Poulet .... Suzy
  • David Rasche .... Linton Barwick
  • Joanna Scanlan .... Roz
  • James Smith .... Michael Rodgers
  • Steve Coogan .... Paul Michaelson
  • Zach Woods .... Chad
  • Jesse Armstrong .... Screenwriter
  • Simon Blackwell .... Screenwriter
  • Armando Iannucci .... Screenwriter
  • Tony Roche .... Screenwriter
  • Ian Martin .... Screenwriter
  • Armando Iannucci .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

In the loop is the big-screen version of the UK TV show In the thick of it, which is itself a modern version of Yes, Minister but without the laugh track. What you see in the movie is exactly what you get from the show but with a bigger budget (heck, they're starting a war!) If you haven't seen the show then you only miss out on seeing your favourite characters in a new situation. If you have seen the show then you get exactly what you imagine you're going to get and a little more. (It turns out that the Yanks are even worse than the Poms, but that's to be expected.) Thank god that someone at the BBC has a sense of humour.

The dark comedy, politics movie In the loop is directed by Armando Iannucci and stars James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: English
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Armando Iannucci (director) and cast
    • Deleted scenes
    • Galleries: Webisodes
    • Interviews: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Chris Addison, Armando Iannucci
    • Trailers: UK and US

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong coarse language)

Surveillance time

106 minutes (1:46 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 January 2010
Disc: 2 June 2010

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