In The Loop

In The Loop Synopsis

The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing.

The US General Miller (James Gandolfini) doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander).

But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.

If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one (Chris Addison) can sleep with the right intern (Anna Chlumsky), and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war.

If they don't... well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy (Gina McKee), who they never liked anyway and who's back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who's angry about a collapsing wall (Steve Coogan).

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    In The Loop: interview

    Comedy genius Armando Iannucci discusses his improvisational and interactive approach to filming, while Peter Capaldi reflects on how the cast fared in bringing the critically acclaimed comedy to the screen.



James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy, Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, Gina McKee


Armando Iannucci


Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy


Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche, Simon Blackwell

Executive Producers:

Christine Langan, David M. Thompson, Paula Jalfon, Simon Fawcett



Credits summary:

BBC Films and UK Film Council present in association with Aramid Entertainment An Armando Iannucci Film



Running time:

105 mins

Release Dates


17 April 2009

Out on DVD

17 August 2009

Broadcast on

16 May 2015

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