In the Loop | 2009

Directed by: Armando Iannucci

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Main Plot

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.


  • Tom Hollander's character, Simon Foster, is a bumbling British government minister who unintentionally sparks a political crisis.
  • Peter Capaldi's character, Malcolm Tucker, serves as the aggressive and foul-mouthed director of communications in the British government.
  • James Gandolfini's character in "In the Loop" is a retired general who opposes the war and provides key information.

Ending Explained

In the final moments of "In the Loop," after a series of political mishaps and miscommunications, Simon Foster delivers a speech denouncing the impending war. Malcolm Tucker, realizing the potential damage, attempts to stop him but fails. Foster's speech creates a media storm, causing chaos and leading to his resignation. Meanwhile, Tucker is also forced out of his position. The film ends with Tucker taking a moment to reflect on his actions, hinting at the ongoing political turmoil and the consequences of their actions.

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Armando Iannucci Tom Hollander Peter Capaldi James Gandolfini