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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Lev Prygunov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Konstantin Lavronenko, Gabriel Macht
  • Directors: Jon Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LV6OJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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227 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Smith VINE VOICE on April 3, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Archangel" is a treat for fans of mystery, international intrigue, and the spy genre. Shot in the dead of winter in Russia the film is visually stunning and eye opening to the beauty of the country. Before you watch the film make a big mug of hot chocolate and jump into your "Snuggy" and hunker down in your favorite chair, for I assure you the Russian winter transcends the television screen and will envelop you as you watch the movie.

The story is a complex and dangerous tale involving a race to find the illegitimate son of Stalin. It is a wild idea that somehow seems almost possible and certainly is filled with exciting possibilities as the story unfolds. All involved in this film do their very best to make it work and in the end they succeed.

Daniel Craig is just wonderful in his role as the Dr. Kelso, a bookish expert on Stalin and communist Russia who is drawn into an adventure of a lifetime during a conference in Moscow. Released just a year before "Casino Royale" Mr. Craig shows his range in this early foray into Bond like territory. His performance is as solid to the bone as it is captivating and even at times, moving. He carries the film with ease, and draws another memorable character in his impressive list of credits. .

The only disappointment for me was that "Archangel" being made for British television is not presented in widescreen. If you are a fan of Daniel Craig's you are in for a treat, if you are a fan of adventure, action, and mystery this is a must for your DVD collection
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy K. McVay VINE VOICE on February 8, 2007
Format: DVD
A stunning masterpiece with a great cast! A British Professor specializing in Russian history, primarily Stalin, is pulled into a communist plot. Blinded by his love of facts and accurate documentation, the Professor is lured into a mystery surrounding Stalin's past by an old man who claims to have buried a diary that reveals important and unknown truths about the ruthless dictator. The secret turns out to be one that can impact Russia's future. Intent on finding the truth, the Professor, a journalist friend, and a call girl search for the pieces, not realizing that they are being used to further a diabolical plot. The plan unfolds and it may be too late to stop.

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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By cinemaniak on February 9, 2007
Format: DVD
This film took me back to Russia. The scenery and characters played true to life. The ugly rows upon rows of apartments, the village homes, the Moscow winter slush, and the beautiful white Russian snow, which seems to hide everything that is wrong and ugly.

I fell in love with Yekaterina Rednikova. She reminded me of some of the wonderful interpreters I had on my many trips to Moscow and the interior. Daniel Craig was lifelike. Just like you or me. (No Schwarzenegger, Pierce Brosnan, or Bruce Willis here). Gabriel Macht was an irritant. A necessary fool.

The story, based on the book by Robert Harris, played up to the world's fascination with Stalin, Hitler and the like. Okay, but not as good as Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade. The movie played up to my fascination with Russia and its people. I was not disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob on July 31, 2008
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Archangel is a well written and finely acted action thriller. A lot like a "National Treasure" for adults. Fast paced and with enough real history to make it interesting. With all the plot twists fitted together making it easy to enjoy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on June 21, 2010
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ARCHANGEL (2005) Directed by Jon Jones Based on the novel by Robert Harris

Starring Daniel Craig and Avtandil Makharadze as Joseph Stalin.

A Harvard historian, in Post Soviet Moscow for a historian convention, is approached by the last surviving Russian to have witnessed the death of Joseph Stalin and is soon hot upon the trail of what appears to be the lost Diary of the Communist monster.

He soon.......to his utter horror.........learns that he is mistaken and the secret he is pursuing is one that could have catastrophic consequences for Russia.........and then the world.

Without giving too much away, the film is very similar to THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL only sans the Science Fiction/horror elements.

However one is not at all reticent to give away that this a surprisingly(considering the year, subject matter and star) excellent film in nearly every respect. It is superbly directed with a solid sense of pace. The dialogue is very good. The acting is mostly extremely good. The fellow playing Stalin could be better. The usually constipated Craig's presence does not muck it up since his character is not especially proactive and really a sort of witness to all that transpires so it makes no real difference what he does or how well or not Craig plays his part.

What makes the film truly exceptional is its handling of history. The picture is entirely comfortable with its subject and this is the type of movie---where in spite of being fictional---gives its audience a workable knowledge of the history involved without being didactic and more.......using the history to add to the suspense and power of the story. There is even a scene where someone wonders why knowing history is important and is promptly told why.........
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If movie thrillers can be thoughtful, literate and exciting -- and with no computer-created mega-explosions -- this fine British TV adaptation of the Robert Harris novel does the job. Archangel stars Daniel Craig and was made before Craig hit the big time as James Bond. Without the Bond fervor, this little-known film might never have been released on DVD. It tells the story of British professor Fluke Kelso (Craig), a middle-aged man who had made a name for himself with impeccable research on Soviet history, concentrating on the life and career of Josef Stalin. Two flashy, best-selling books made him a star in academia. But for the last three years, Kelso has been drifting through a burned-out life of dissatisfaction. That will change dramatically when, at a Moscow symposium attended by other historians, he is approached by a coarse old man, Papu Rapava, with a story of the last hours of Stalin. Rapava had been a guard for Lavrenti Beria when Georgy Malenkov calls Beria and pleads with him to come immediately to Blizhny, the name for Stalin's dacha outside Moscow. Stalin is dying of a massive stroke. Beria, shrewd and ruthless, takes the little key Stalin always carried. With the key and with Rapava driving, Beria races to the Kremlin and finds a small metal box locked away in Stalin's office. And in the box are some papers which Beria buries late that night in the yard of his Moscow fortified home, with Rapava digging the hole. When Beria was arrested and executed, Rapava was tortured to tell about the box. He said he knew nothing, guessing he'd be executed, too, if the new masters of the Kremlin suspected anything. He spent years in a gulag, but he lived. Well, that's the story Papu Rapava told Kelso.

In the next four days Kelso finds the box has been dug up and is missing.
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