Starring: Adrian McLoughlin, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs
Story: Period comedy directed and co-written by The Death of Stalin and follows the sudden demise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) in 1953, and the chaotic fallout that followed in the Communist Party apparat, as Stalin’s underlings vie for power, and their lives.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
[the guards standing outside Stalin’s room hear a thud behind the closed doors]
Red Army Soldier #1: Should we investigate?
Red Army Soldier #2: Should you shut the fuck up before you get us both killed?
[after Stalin has collapsed]
Nikita Khrushchev: We call a doctor.
Kaganovich: All the best doctors are dead.
Georgy Malenkov: I can’t remember who’s alive and who isn’t.
Lavrentiy Beria: Stalin’s dead. He’s dead.
[to Stalin’s dead body]
Lavrentiy Beria: Comrade Stalin, I’ll take it from here.
Nikita Khrushchev: Stalin is dead!
[referring to the Stalin lookalikes]
Guard: Lookalikes. I think their contracts up.
[looking at the dead body of Stalin]
Georgy Malenkov: Oh, my God.
Nikita Khrushchev: Our general secretary is lying in a puddle of indignity.
Lavrentiy Beria: Yeah, he’s feeling unwell, clearly.
Nikita Khrushchev: We should get Stalin’s children here.
Vasily Stalin: What are you doing to my father, you jackal’s! How old are you?
Young Doctor: I’m old.
Vasily Stalin: You’re not old!
[pointing to another young doctor]
Vasily Stalin: You’re not even a person, you’re a testicle!
Nikita Khrushchev: Everything’s going to be fine.
Svetlana Stalin: It’s not exactly fine, is it? My father’s lying there with his head open.
Vasily Stalin: I want to make a speech at my father’s funeral.
Georgy Malenkov: Um, no, uh, problem.
Nikita Khrushchev: Uh, technically, yes, but practically…
Georgy Malenkov: When I said no problem, what I meant was, “No… problem.”
[everyone looks confused.]
Georgy Malenkov: Ignore me.
Vyacheslav Molotov: Stalin would have wanted the committee as one.
Kaganovich: I’ve had nightmares that made more sense than this.
Georgy Malenkov: All those in favor.
[couple of people put their hands up around the table]
Georgy Malenkov: Carried…un…
[he pauses until everyone reluctantly puts their hands up..
Georgy Malenkov: …nanimously.
Nikita Khrushchev: We need a change.
Lavrentiy Beria: Well, let’s see if you can mobilize first. Seems to be me.
Georgy Zhukov: Sneaky little shit.
Nikita Khrushchev: The race has started. We need to start putting together a plan.
Kaganovich: How can you run and plot at the same time?
[referring to Stalin’s coffin material]
Mezhnikov: Ruched, not ruched.
Nikita Khrushchev: Whatever.
Mezhnikov: Not ruched. Ruched…
Nikita Khrushchev: Would you stop with this!
Georgy Malenkov: What are you doing?
Nikita Khrushchev: I’ve been picking out funeral cushions with slim Hitler over there.
Georgy Malenkov: I have no idea what is going on.
Nikita Khrushchev: I’m the peacemaker and I’ll fuck over anyone who gets in my way.
Vasily Stalin: I know the drill. Smile, shake hands and try not to call them…
Svetlana Stalin: One day and my brother just rode a pig through here.
Nikita Khrushchev: Oh, that must have been messy.
Svetlana Stalin: It was terribly messy.
Vasily Stalin: Come on! Play better, you cratering fannies! Get it! Give it! Hit it!
[to the guard]
Lavrentiy Beria: Shoot her before him, but make sure he sees it. Kill him then dump him in the pulpit, then I leave the rest up to you.
Nikita Khrushchev: We have to act! I really need your help.
Georgy Zhukov: I’m going to have to report this conversation. Threatening to do harm, or obstructing a member of the Presidium in the process of, look at your fucking face
Georgy Zhukov: I took Germany, I think I can take a flesh lump in a waistcoat.
Georgy Zhukov: I’m smiling, but I’m very furious.
Nikita Khrushchev: No matter what happens I will never let any harm come to you.
Svetlana Stalin: I may as well just shoot myself like mother.
[referring to Malenkov’s hair]
Georgy Zhukov: Jesus Christ, did Coco Chanel take a shit on your head?
Georgy Malenkov: No, he did not.
Georgy Zhukov: What’s a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?
Vyacheslav Molotov: Stalin will be loving this.
Nikita Khrushchev: You’re the good guy now? You locked up half the nation.
Lavrentiy Beria: Yes, and now I’m releasing them.
[to the military men]
Georgy Zhukov: I’m off to represent the entire Red Army at the buffet. You girls enjoy yourself.
[to the military men]
Georgy Zhukov: Good luck, ladies.
Georgy Malenkov: You know, all of you can kiss my Russian ass.
Comrade Andreyev: Don’t worry, nobody is going to get killed. I promise you.
Vasily Stalin: You will not take me down! I will not be silent!
[he tries to spit in the face of the guard holding him down and the spit lands on his own face instead]