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The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 1991 (USA)
The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically ... See full summary »

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Prof. Bartnev
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Katya (16 years)
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General Rumiantsev
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Major Khitrov
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Vasily Morda
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Fedosia
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The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

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The Projectionist  »

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$583,979
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Trivia

The movie premiered in the United States on December 25, 1991 - one day before the Soviet Union dissolved and became the Russian Federation. See more »

Goofs

When Hulce's character is shown Stalins projection room he announces "You have Mitchells!" referring to the make of projector. No such manufacturer exists. Mitchell was (and is) an American manufacturer of cameras, not projectors. There were Soviet makers of theater projectors, but no Mitchell. See more »

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Stalin: I know everything about everything.
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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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Fascinating
20 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

As an armchair historian who's read dozens of book on Stalin and the Soviet Union under his control, I was fascinated by this movie. A great cast helps underscore the paranoia, backstabbing, and fear of the Stalinist system as seen through the eyes of a small-time player who's been thrust into a very dangerous circle.

Hulce is terrific as the simple, hard-working Soviet citizen who wants nothing more than to believe in the system that dominates his life, yet he knows it's a system riddled with traps and monsters. Hoskins is equally good as the real-life monster Beria - Stalin's chief of state security and main hatchet-man.

A highly underrated movie.


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