In the Loop

“It's cynical, aggressive and volcanically profane... Blisteringly offensive... In the Loop is the kind of movie that makes you proud to be British.” — Wendy Ide, The Times
Year: 2009
Country: UK
Running time: 109 mins

Producers: Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy
Screenplay: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Photography: Jamie Cairney
Editors: Billy Sneddon, Ant Boys
Production designer: Christina Casali
Art director: Nick Dent
Costume designer: Ros Little
Sound: Bob Newton
Music: Adem Ilhan, Elysian Quartet
R13 offensive language, sexual references

With: James Gandolfini (General Miller), Tom Hollander (Simon Foster), Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Mimi Kennedy (Karen Clark), Anna Chlumsky (Liza Weld), Chris Addison (Toby Wright), Gina McKee (Judy Molloy), Steve Coogan (Paul Michaelson)

Festivals: Sundance, San Francisco, Tribeca 2009

British political satire takes on Washington in this lacerating spoof of bureaucratic opportunism. Expanded from Armando Iannucci's critically-lauded BBC TV series The Thick of It, In the Loop features a virtuoso comic cast with Peter Capaldi already a legend as the PM's lethally foul-mouthed Director of Comms. — BG

“A cynical, razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud farce about the symbiotic relationship between ineffectual, flip-flopping bureaucrats and the sneaky, petty spin doctors who need them... while we strain to catch the marginal details and sort out the hierarchic squabbling, a war is being jointly planned by the US President and the UK Prime Minister right under everyone's noses. Dr Strangelove would surely chuckle.” — Aaron Hillis,

“Horribly brilliant... The acting is superb, and the writing is relentlessly funny – vicious and delicious. And refreshingly, there isn't a sympathetic character in sight.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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