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The Inner Circle (1991)

 -  Drama  -  25 December 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Aleksandr Zbruev ...
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Bess Meyer ...
Katya (16 years)
Mariya Baranova ...
Katya (10 years)
Irina Kupchenko ...
Vladimir Kuleshov ...
Vsevolod Larionov ...
Alexander Filippenko ...
Major Khitrov (as Aleksandr Filippenko)
Evdokiya Germanova ...
Lyubov Matyushina ...
Aleksandr Garin ...
Mariya Vinogradova ...
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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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While in Russia, Tom Hulce met with Alexander Ganshin (upon whose life the film was based) to better learn what it was like to work for Stalin. See more »

Goofs

The movie covers the years 1939 to Stalin's death in 1953. However, it constantly refers to the KGB, an organization that did not come into existence until 1954. Until then the USSR security service was known by a variety of names, most notably the NKVD (Narodny Komisariat Vnutrennykh Del or People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs) between 1934 and 1943. It is this organization that Ivan would have joined in 1939. However, the sign on the NKVD headquarters in the film does read "NKVD" not "KGB". This refers only to foreign versions of movie, because in russian version names are correct. "NKVD" is used in early scenes and "MGB" in '50s. See more »

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Beria: You will not drink to Comrade Stalin?
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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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24 February 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This movie haunted me for months after seeing it, but I think that it should be considered required viewing. This movie does an amazing job at showing the kind of mindset which allows tyrants like Stalin to get away with their crimes. Those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it, and this movie does a great job at hammering that understanding home in a very heart-wrenching manner. This movie will shake you up but you'll come away from it with some really interesting perspectives on the human spirit and what we're capable of.


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