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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 ... 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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Drama

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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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Dolby

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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Essential viewing
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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