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The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle
The Inner Circle
Starring Tom Hulce, Lolita Davidovich, Bob Hoskins, Aleksandr Zbruyev, Feodor Chaliapin Jr. and Bess Meyer, «The Inner Circle» (also known as "Innere Kreis, Der", "Proiezionista, Il", "Projectionist, The") is a Drama film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, and written by Andrei Konchalovsky and Anatoli Usov, released in the USA on December 25 of 1991.
Directed by
Andrei Konchalovsky

Written by
Andrei Konchalovsky
and Anatoli Usov

Claudio Bonivento

Associate producer
Laura Balbi

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin (Aleksandr Zbruyev)'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 (Bob Hoskins) and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand.


Who is the director of "The Inner Circle"?

"The Inner Circle" was released in 1991, when director Andrei Konchalovsky was 54 years of age.

Andrei Konchalovsky has directed movies such as "Romans o vlyublyonnykh", released in 1974, "Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence"(2007), "Dyadya Vanya"(1970), "Dom durakov"(2002), "Maria's Lovers"(1984), and "Homer and Eddie"(1989).

Andrei Konchalovsky has directed Aleksandr Zbruyev in "Romans o vlyublyonnykh", released in 1974 playing Igor Wolgin.

➤ more about Andrei Konchalovsky


What was the release date of "The Inner Circle"?

"The Inner Circle" was initially released on Wednesday, December 25, 1991, in the United States. Other films released on Wednesday, December 25, 1991 are "Madame Bovary" (dir. Claude Chabrol), "Bis ans Ende der Welt" (dir. Wim Wenders), "Grand Canyon" (dir. Lawrence Kasdan), and "The Prince of Tides" (dir. Barbra Streisand)

Release date in the United States:
  • Wednesday, December 25, 1991

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Tom Hulce Ivan Sanshin
Lolita Davidovich Anastasia
Bob Hoskins Beria
Aleksandr Zbruyev Stalin
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Prof. Bartnev
Bess Meyer Katya (16 years)

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Technical Details

Release date:
United States United States    December, 25, 1991  
France France    March, 11, 1992  
Germany Germany    February, 13, 1992  
Spain Spain    February, 28, 1992  
Australia Australia    May, 23, 1993  
Sound mix:Dolby
Also known as:

"Innere Kreis, Der"


"Proiezionista, Il"

United States

"Projectionist, The"

Country:Italy Italy
Filming location:
Russian FederationMoscow
Runtime:2h 17min (137min)
United States United States    PG-13
Germany Germany    12
Spain Spain    13

*Sources: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Numero Uno International and Wikipedia
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release date:December 25, 1991
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