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The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) goes into a tirade when the press turns Foster's passing comment into a major news story. Foster becomes an unwitting media figure, and he and his personal communications director, Judy (Gina McKee), are joined by political damage control expert Toby (Chris Addison) as they're sent to Washington, D.C., to meet with American political and military leaders. Despite Judy's and Toby's help, Foster displays a stubborn inability to say what he's supposed to, and he finds himself caught in the middle between pro-war factions -- including diplomat Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy) and State Department official Linton Barwick (David Rasche) -- and those who oppose the conflict, including Pentagon attaché General Miller (James Gandolfini) and activist Liza (Anna Chlumsky). As if matters weren't already complicated enough, Liza used to date Toby when they were college students, and Gen. Miller was once involved with Clarke, adding bitter romantic history to an already rocky playing field. In the Loop received its North American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 24, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jesse Armstrong Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jesse Armstrong Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Armando Iannucci Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Armando Iannucci Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Simon Blackwell Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Blackwell Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tony Roche Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Roche Best Adapted Screenplay 2009 Nominee

Cast

Peter Capaldi
as Malcolm Tucker
James Gandolfini
as General Miller
Tom Hollander
as Simon Foster
David Rasche
as Linton Barwick
Gina McKee
as Judy Molloy
Chris Addison
as Toby
Steve Coogan
as Paul Michaelson
Anna Chlumsky
as Liza Weld
Mimi Kennedy
as Karen Clarke
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Civil Servant
Samantha Harrington
as Malcolm's Secretary
Olivia Poulet
as Suzy
Zach Woods
as Chad
Enzo Cilenti
as Bob Adriano
Lucinda Raikes
as Reporter
Reid Sasser
as Airport Security Official
Chipo Chung
as Annabelle Hsin
Del Pentecost
as White House Tourist
Joanna Scanlan
as Roz
Joanna Brookes
as Mrs. McDiarmid
Rita May
as Mrs. Michaelson
Alex MacQueen
as Sir Jonathan Tutt
Eve Matheson
as New Minister

Crew

Armando Iannucci
Director
Kevin Loader
Producer
Adam Tandy
Producer
Tony Roche
Screenwriter
Simon Blackwell
Screenwriter
Armando Iannucci
Screenwriter
Jesse Armstrong
Screenwriter
Jamie Cairney
Cinematographer
Adem Ilhan
Composer (Music Score)
Ant Boys
Editor
Billy Sneddon
Editor
Cristina Casali
Production Designer
Nick Dent
Art Director
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Simon Fawcett
Executive Producer
Paula Jalfon
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Ros Little
Costume Designer
Clare Keyte
Set Decorator
Charlie Leech
First Assistant Director
Sarah Crowe
Casting
Meredith Tucker
Casting
Jon Jennings
Second Assistant Director
Kurt Uebersax
Production Supervisor
Tamsin Dorling
Makeup
Nicola Dove
Still Photographer
Nicola Mairs
Production Coordinator
Rosa Romero
Line Producer
Louise Seymour
Post Production Supervisor
Isabelle Webley
Makeup
Annalise Laidlow
Third Assistant Director
Janine Marr
Costumes Supervisor
Kay Bilk
Hair Styles
Kay Bilk
Makeup
Marese Langan
Hair Styles
Marese Langan
Makeup
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