In the Loop

July 24th 2009
  • Comedy,
  • R,
  • 109 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, Steve Coogan, Tom Hollander, David Rasche, Gina McKee, Peter Capaldi, Mimi Kennedy, Joanna Scanlan, Enzo Cilenti, Chris Addison, Paul Higgins, Olivia Poulet, Zach Woods, Christian Contreras, Johnny Pemberton
  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche
  • Producers: Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy
  • Executive Producers: Paula Jalfon, David M. Thompson
  • Castings: Sarah Crowe, Meredith Tucker
  • Costume Design: Ros Little
  • D.O.P.: Jamie Cairney
  • Editors: Anthony Boys, Billy Sneddon
  • Makeup: Marese Langan
  • Production Design: Cristina Casali
  • Set Decoration: Clare Keyte


The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn't think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. 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 can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker 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, 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK; New York City, USA; Washington D.C., USA
  • Production Budget: £612,650
  • Production Companies: Aramid Entertainment Fund, BBC Films, UK Film Council
  • Production Schedule: 1 May 2008 - August 2008

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Several actors from The Thick of It appear in the film, including Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, Paul Higgins and Alex MacQueen. Although most play different characters, each is broadly similar to those they play in The Thick Of It.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 April 2009: UK