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The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | | 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 »

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 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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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Gross USA:

$583,979
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Anastasia asks directress, if the Pokrov town located to the south of Moscow, she (maybe intentionally) answers 'Yes'. In reality, Pokrov is located to the east of Moscow. See more »

Quotes

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

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Paranoia and naivete in societal insanity of Stalin's Russia
11 December 1999 | by pshagarSee all my reviews

I decided to review this film because of its emotional impact.

Like "The Killing Fields," it creates tremendous tension in the viewer by portraying sympathetic, likable characters within an environment of tremendous evil.

The acting and cinematography are both excellent, making a direct connection with the feelings of every character.

My only criticism is very slight (I did rate it a 10, after all), but I wondered a bit at the persistance of Sanchin's naivete. While this is central to his character, I found it a little difficult to comprehend based on what he went through.


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