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Gorky Park (1983)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  12 January 1984 (Australia)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Trivia

This movie was made and released two years after its source novel of the same title by writer Martin Cruz Smith was first published in 1981. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Arkady Renko: It is more than possible that KGB killed those three people.
Iamskoy: I agree.
Arkady Renko: Then it is likely they are laying a trap for me.
Iamskoy: Why?
Arkady Renko: Three years ago I tried to arrest Major Pribluda. I proved he was an assassin. You remember those two bodies found by the river.
Iamskoy: God, its cold out here. You want to freeze my blood even more?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »

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One man versus the system
9 February 2000 | by (Derbyshire, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly common story, that of an honest man fighting alone against a corrupt system. The setting is unusual, and the plot has some entertaining twists.

William Hurt plays Senior Investigator Renko, of the Moscow Militia (i.e. police). He is assigned to a high-profile murder case, and finds himself alternately prodded on, hindered or even threatened by his own superiors, by the KGB and by his obvious suspect. All these people are acting so self-confidently compared to Renko's plodding, that the sense of loneliness, or even of paranoia is very apparent.

Much of the action is contrived and unconvincing, both in its development and denouement, although the film does build to a good climax. On the other hand, all the characterisations of ordinary russians, who must have been strange creatures to film directors and audiences alike at the time, is very good.

The directors discarded one of the original novel's best tricks, that of sending Renko to New York (to recover valuable state property), and confronting him with the law enforcement system which gave rise to "Kojak" and the "Hill Street Blues".

Overall this is quite a good film, and fairly close to the novel. There are some sequels written which deserve to appear on the screen.


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