In the Loop

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  106 min.
Release Date: August 21, 2009 (limited)
DVD: November 10, 2009

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Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, David Rasche


A bumbling British government minister (Tom Hollander) makes a verbal snafu during a TV interview, inadvertently backing a U.S. war in the Middle East. The Prime Minister's venomous communications chief (Peter Capaldi) attempts damage control as tensions quickly escalate on both sides of the pond. Soon the Brits are in Washington, where a U.S. General (James Gandolfini) thinks war is a crazy idea and the beleaguered U.S. Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy (Mimi Kennedy) scrambles to infiltrate the elusive and very hawkish War Committee.

Meanwhile, the hapless minister responsible for the mess fuels more flames by attempting to gatecrash various corridors of power while his well-connected young spin doctor (Chris Addison) sleeps his way into diplomatic hijinks with a sexy young intern (Anna Chlumsky), culminating in a feverish United National Security Council vote that makes war seem as "unforseeable" as the slip of the tongue that ignites this crackling, fast-talking political satire showcasing some of the most rollicking wordplay since the heyday of screwball comedy.

Director: Armando Iannucci
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy
Screenplay: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
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