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Akwarium (1996)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Janusz Gajos ... Col. Nikolaj Krawcow
Yuri Smolsky Yuri Smolsky ... Wiktor Suworow
Witold Pyrkosz ... General Galicyn 'Nawigator'
Oleg Maslennikov ... Gienek
Henryk Bista
Boris Litvin Boris Litvin ... Kir
Vyacheslav Slanko Vyacheslav Slanko ... GRU Colonel
Evgeniy Papernyy ... GRU examiner
Alex Murphy ... American recruited by Suvorov
Igor Czernicki Igor Czernicki ... Okularnik
Vladimir Abazopulo ... Specnaz instructor
Pawel Nowisz ... Roasted alive
Tadeusz Wojtych ... German peasant
Viktor Danilov Viktor Danilov ... KGB investigator
Anatoli Yurchenko ... Colonel Observer


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The movie was made and released about just over a decade (or eleven years) after its source novel "Aquarium" (aka ("Inside the Aquarium") by Viktor Suvorov had been first published in 1985. See more »


Spy teacher says that aphorism 'If you want to be happy - be him" belongs to Mayakovskiy. In fact it belongs to Kozma Prutkov. See more »

Alternate Versions

Both a television mini-series and a theatrical feature film were shot during principal photography. The television mini-series version of this cinema movie is divided into four TV episodes. They are entitled: (1) Recruitment (2) Training (3) Alpine Tourism and (4) Betrayal. See more »

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A masterpiece. Based on true events, a gripping story about Soviet Military Intelligence.
17 June 2000 | by andrew-133See all my reviews

Based on an autobiography of a senior intelligence officer of Soviet GRU. It is a Polish-German-Ukrainian co-production and it is interesting that it is now very difficult to get a copy of this film - too close to the inconvenient truth? If you can get it with English subtitles - definitely see it, it is on pair with the best espionage thrillers. It shows a normal person being gradually pulled into ever more secret circles of the Soviet Military Intelligence, where to remain human becomes increasingly difficult. The rules are cruel, nobody is your friend - even if they appear to be so - and everyone is watching you. Top acting, well told (real) story, and a true and disturbing picture of life behind the Iron Curtain make this one a top movie. Janusz Gajos is excellent in his role - he stars as an experienced GRU officer, a mentor for the main character.

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4 October 1996 (Poland) See more »

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Aquarium See more »

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