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The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

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Ivan Passer

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Paul Monash
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Stalin
Julia Ormond ... Nadya
Maximilian Schell ... Lenin
Jeroen Krabbé ... Bukharin (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Joan Plowright ... Olga
Frank Finlay ... Sergei
Roshan Seth ... Beria
Daniel Massey ... Trotsky
András Bálint András Bálint ... Zinoviev (as Andras Balint)
John Bowe ... Voroshilov
Jim Carter ... Sergo
Murray Ewan Murray Ewan ... Khrushchev
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Zina
Ravil Isyanov ... Yakov
Colin Jeavons ... Yagoda
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Storyline

Josef Stalin rises from his rejection as being physically unfit in the Czar's army during world War I to undisputed head of the huge Soviet empire of the 1950s. After the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 he vies with arch-rival Leon Trotsky for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin. After Lenin's stroke, the merciless Georgian's ruthless methods soon eliminates all rivals and his cruel paranoia and overt sadism help him maintain power by eliminating every possible rival including many former comrades. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Death had a name.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Russia | Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сталин See more »

Filming Locations:

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for the role, Duvall watched numerous hours of newsreels, read many books about Stalin, and spoke to Russians who remembered him. He said that playing Stalin was the most challenging role of his career. See more »

Goofs

When there's a brawl at the railway station, all the train guards are standing at attention and staring straight ahead. They should be trying to restore order. See more »

Quotes

Stalin: [Seeing his son, Yakov, has tried shooting himself, but will survive] Idiot - can't even shoot straight!
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Historical Accuracy
10 November 1998 | by jpfriSee all my reviews

I re-watched this film in order to put faces to the names, as I was studying for a Soviet History midterm. In terms of the film's accuracy, it is largly excellent (from what I have read). However, the tendency of the film to separate the good guys (e.g., Bucharin) from the bad (es.g., Stalin, Beria, Ezhov) is not great historiography, but makes the film easier to digest.

It is hard to know what effect the death of Stalin's wife had on him. Clearly the film needed an overarching plot structure to attempt an explanation of a complex man. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get inside Stalin's head. Duvall's performance is masterful, I think, because he manages to capture the LACK of essence of Stalin. If anything, the man was driven by hatred and little else--a hatred that is difficult to articulate, but which was at least admirably displayed in the film.


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