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IN THE LOOP
USA: IFC Films
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Peter Capaldi, Steve Coogan, Gina McKee, Anna Chlumsky, Chris Addison, Mimi Kennedy, David Rasche, Olivia Poulet, Zach Woods, Harry Hadden-Paton, Samantha Harrington, James Smith, Enzo Cilenti, Lucinda Raikes, James Doherty, Reid Sasser, Johnny Pemberton, Chipo Chung, Del Pentecost, Joanna Scanlan, Joanna Brookes, Rita May, Paul Higgins, Alex Macqueen, Eve Matheson, Will Smith
Director: Armando Iannucci
USA & UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: Not Rated
UK Certificate: 15 contains very strong language and strong sex references
USA Release Date: 24 July 2009 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 17 April 2009
Britain and America; friends and allies as far back as anyone can remember. Both the US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war but not everyone agrees including US Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy, US Army General (James Gandolfini) and a floundering British Minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander).
When Foster accidentally announces on national TV that 'war is unforeseeable,' the British government is sent into a spiral of chaos and spin propagated by verbosely aggressive Director of Communications, Malcom Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Foster attempts to neutralise his 'unforeseeable' comment by telling the British public to prepare to 'climb the mountain of conflict'.
However, Foster soon finds himself bundled off to Washington on a fact-finder where he becomes both a pawn for the secret war committee and a poster-boy for the General and the Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy's anti-war campaign.
From Armando Iannucci, the comic-genius behind THE DAY TODAY, I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE and the BAFTA award-winning THE THICK OF IT and starring Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Peter Capaldi and Steve Coogan, comes a hilarious and biting satire on British-US relations and the lunacy of War.