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The Girl from Petrovka (1974)

A beautiful Russian ballerina falls in love with an American news correspondent. The KGB is most displeased and does everything it can to break them up.

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Joe
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Kostya
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Minister
Anton Dolin ...
Ignatievitch
Bruno Wintzell ...
Alexander
Zoran Andric ...
Leonid
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Judge
Maria Sukolov ...
Old Crone
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Passport Black Marketeer
Inger Jensen ...
Helga Van Dam
Raymond O'Keefe ...
Minister's Driver
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Kremlin Press Official
Michael Janisch ...
Police Chief Valinikov
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American Reporter
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A beautiful Russian ballerina falls in love with an American news correspondent. The KGB is most displeased and does everything it can to break them up.

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russian | ballerina | love | kgb | american | See All (60) »

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Behind the iron curtain, that's a dangerously funny proposition. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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28 February 1975 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen von Petrovka  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Before filming started, Anthony Hopkins scoured the bookshops of London's Charing Cross Road trying to find a copy of the novel by George Feifer, upon which this film was based. He had no luck and went to catch a train home. There at the station, lying forgotten on a bench, was a copy of the book. Years later, Hopkins met Feifer, who told him that he had lent his own copy to a friend, who then lost it. Hopkins produced the one he found and asked if it was his. By an amazing coincidence, it was the author's own book Hopkins had chanced upon. See more »


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Nyet, Nyet, Nyet
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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A good 'chick flick' and 'date movie', definitely worth seeing.
16 January 2003 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

A romantic Tragedy with comic elements, this underrated early Goldie Hawn feature is set in Russia during the Cold War (a very serious and cynical place). Goldie's conflicted character, Oktyabrina, appears mostly as a silly young woman, beautiful but fickle. While she is very interested in older men, there are also signs that she has been deeply hurt by them. Through most of the movie she is a puzzle and a pain, especially to her co-star (Hal Holbrook as Joe, an older American journalist), who has trouble seeing through her carefree facade. What is wrong with her? Does she feel unworthy? Is she too jaded? Can she overcome her issues? Her behavior regarding willingness to risk and sacrifice is both fascinating and informative. But perhaps Soviet Russia is simply too brutal a place for love. Will Joe give up on her?

A good 'chick flick', this film also has interesting Cold War elements such as "official truth" (pravda) and the relationships between Oktyabrina's men which lead me to rate it as a 'date movie' also. Definitely worth seeing, this love story breaks the stereotype, showing a woman running from intimacy. Simultaneously, it examines the timeless question 'if you can't feel innocent, how can you fall in love?'


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