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The Inner Circle (1991)

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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 »

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Anatoliy Usov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hulce ... Ivan Sanshin
Lolita Davidovich ... Anastasia
Bob Hoskins ... Beria
Aleksandr Zbruev ... Stalin
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Prof. Bartnev
Bess Meyer ... Katya (16 years)
Mariya Baranova Mariya Baranova ... Katya (10 years)
Irina Kupchenko ... Directress
Vladimir Kuleshov ... Colonel Schelkasov
Vsevolod Larionov ... General Rumiantsev
Aleksandr Filippenko ... Major Khitrov
Evdokiya Germanova ... Governess
Lyubov Matyushina Lyubov Matyushina ... Sonia Gubelman
Aleksandr Garin Aleksandr Garin ... Vasily Morda
Mariya Vinogradova ... 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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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

Ivan refers to German troops being so many miles from Moscow, but both Germany and Russia measure distances in kilometres. See more »

Quotes

Stalin: I know everything about everything.
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24 February 2003 | by murpzSee 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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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Projectionist See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,782, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$93,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,292
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Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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