A British college professor, working in Russia, investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.

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R.J. O'Brian
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Vladimir Mamantov
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Frank Adelman
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Josef Stalin
Anna Gerasimova ...
Anna
Claudia Harrison ...
Louise
Kaspars Zvigulis ...
Young Papu Rapava
Valery Chernyak ...
Aurelija Anuzhite ...
Olga
Ziedonis Lochmelis ...
Viktor
Jakov Rafalson ...
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Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever. Written by Christopher Hall

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Icon Productions originally held the film rights to the novel, with intentions to develop it as a Mel Gibson vehicle for the big screen. See more »

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The pistol that Kelso gives to Zinaida on the train has a woodgrain handle; it is not the same pistol shown in other scenes. See more »

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Suvorin: Mr Kelso... I'm totally sick of people like you throwing past in our faces. And I'm sick of people like Mamontov trying to make Gods out of monsters.
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'Archangel' is quite friendly towards those not familiar with the legacy of Josef Stalin, and is an engrossing mystery as a result...
24 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Archangel

Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever.

'Archangel' is quite friendly towards those not familiar with the legacy of Josef Stalin, and is an engrossing mystery as a result. Unfortunately, there's also a lack of character development here. The people in this television film are just sort of presented to the audience, and then become pawns in the film's narrative. So it doesn't work very well as a thriller, and maybe an extra half an hour or so could have worked out this problem. However, Daniel Craig and Russian actress Yekaterina Rednikova give reliable performances, and the ending is definitely not what I was expecting (but in a good way). Not without its flaws, but worth catching when it's on again.

~ 7/10 ~


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