The Inner Circle (1991 film)

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The Inner Circle
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Written by Anatoli Usov
Starring Tom Hulce
Lolita Davidovich
Bob Hoskins
Aleksandr Zbruyev
Feodor Chaliapin, Jr.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 1991 (1991-12-25)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Inner Circle is a 1991 drama film by Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, telling the story of Joseph Stalin's private projectionist and KGB officer Ivan Sanchin between 1939 and 1953, Stalin's year of death. Sanchin is played by Tom Hulce, and the film co-stars Lolita Davidovitch and Bob Hoskins. The film is based on a true story and is an American, Italian and Russian production. It is in English and has a running time of 137 minutes.

The Inner Circle was nominated awards at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival[1] and the 1993 Nika Awards.


This true story is of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until Stalin'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.



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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