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Gorky Park (1983)

A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Golodkin
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Henry Woolf ...
Levin
Tusse Silberg ...
Natasha
Patrick Field ...
Fet
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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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Murder in Moscow. See more »


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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorkij parken  »

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$15,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Third last theatrical movie for Lee Marvin. Only Dog Day (1984) and The Delta Force (1986) would follow with a tv movie The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Arkady stands up to leave the hotel bar, the bowl of peanuts is sitting on the arm of his chair, but after he leaves, Kirwill reaches down for the bowl as if it were sitting on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Arkady Renko: Too many people in our society disappear without trace.
Professor Andreev: Oh. Why is that?
Arkady Renko: They fall into a chasm.
Professor Andreev: What sort of chasm?
Arkady Renko: The one between what is said and what is done.
Professor Andreev: [Renko is talking very loudly, and Andreev's lab technicians are listening] You may not be long for this world, my fine imprudent fellow.
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Referenced in The Game (2014) See more »

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A Peek At New Mother Russia
17 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though the story does drag a bit in the telling, Gorky Park is a good look at what turned out to be the birth of post Soviet Union Russia.

First and foremost Gorky Park is a murder mystery, despite the politics. That's what William Hurt is all about, he's for want of an American term, a homicide cop with the Moscow PD. He's been handed a nasty triple homicide, three young people, two men and a woman whose faces and finger prints were mutilated making identification a challenge.

Of course this was done for a reason and soon Hurt finds himself up to his neck in a turf struggle with the Soviet KGB. There's an American businessman played by Lee Marvin who's in the mix as well as Russian pathologist Ian Bannen and an American homicide cop Brian Dennehy. Hurt also gets involved romantically with Soviet dissident Joanna Pacula and it turns out she's the key to the whole case.

The film was shot in Stockholm, Helsinki, and Glasgow all cold climate cities that serve very well as location stand ins for Moscow. Best in the film is Lee Marvin who went back to playing bad guys as he did in his early years for this one.

In the turf struggle depicted between the Moscow Police and the KGB you see a whole lot of issues talked about and you can see why the Soviet Union fell apart as it did. Too bad the story couldn't have been better told in a tighter screenplay.


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