Gorky Park (1983)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  12 January 1984 (Australia)
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A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government.



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An investigator on the Moscow police force relentlessly pursues the solution to a triple homicide which occurred in Moscow's Gorky Park. He finds that no one really wants him to solve the crime because it is just the tip of a complex conspiracy which involves the highest levels of the Moscow city government. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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12 January 1984 (Australia)  »

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Brottsplats: Gorkijparken  »

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$15,900,000 (USA)

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Burt Lancaster was due to appear in the film but had to withdraw due to illness. See more »


In the first morgue scene, the wide shot when all three bodies are visible, the tables with the instruments are covering their shins. In the close up shots the tables are covering their thighs. See more »


Irina Asanova: The director of that film promised me a pair of new boots if I went to bed with him. Think I should?
Arkady Renko: Well, the winter's almost over.
Irina Asanova: Exactly, and me a Siberian, I'm used to the cold.
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Good fun in Helsinki
7 April 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I enjoy this film immensely, not only for the great acting of Brian Dennehey, William Hurt, and Lee Marvin, but for the fact that it is about police in some place other than New York or Los Angeles.

Hurt is very believable as a Russian cop who has to track down a murderer. Marvin is great as his adversary, the corrupt American businessman.

The primary complaint about this film is that it wasn't filmed in Russia. What people tend to forget is that it was made at the height of the cold war, and Soviet Premier Chernenko and the Politburo would not have opened Moscow to an American film crew, much less one that wanted to make a movie that depicts the various Russian agencies and beuraucrats as being as corrupt as Marvin.

In the end, they settled for Helsinki, Finland (which I guess is a fair trade-off, since Finland was technically a part of Russia for a few hundred years). Those who are familiar with Helsinki will probably mock this film (as my Finnish girlfriend did), but if you're not familiar, or willing to look past that shortcoming, then you will probably enjoy this movie quite a bit. They even went as far as to use Russian built "Ladas" (a brand of car) in the movie.

Today, this movie would have been made in Moscow or St. Petersburg, and would probably be better. But it's still good, well made overall, and worth watching.

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