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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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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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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

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Gorkij parken  »

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$15,900,000
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Trivia

Helsinki stood in for Moscow in this movie. Because of the Cold War, Gorky Park could not be filmed on actual location in Moscow. The film group decided to come to Helsinki, the architecture of which is similar to Russian architecture. 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

Golodkin: Girls like screwing foreigners, don't they? It's almost as good as travel.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »

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1812 Overture
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
[Arkady plays the music over the loud speakers at the skating rink in Gorky Park]
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...one day, Arkasha, one day!
17 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

A very unique, fast moving and entertaining story about political and criminal intrigue in Cold War (real cold, just watch the movie!) Russia. The grisly murder of three young people sends our protagonist, Inspector Arkady Renko (W. Hurt), on a complex, intertwining mission to find out who and/or what was behind this dastardly crime. As the crime facts unfold, potential suspects begin to surface in the mind of the inspector, suspects that may include American collusion with KGB officials. Maybe not entirely novel on the surface, but the sequences of events and the characterizations set forth are anything but pedestrian.

Perhaps the sequences of the facial reconstruction of the 3 victims "de-skinned" facial bones and the subsequent deductions provide the impetus for an unusual plot setting. The involvement of the American cop (B. Dennehy), the Siberian beauty and romantic interest (J. Pacula) who wants out of her homeland, the rich American (L. Marvin), the inspector's police buddies, to name a few, provide more than mere tangential plot fodder: the sum of their actions coalesces in the inspector's mind and takes him closer yet to what could be a very inconvenient truth. All this is done cinematically with good pace and little wasted motion.

It is noteworthy that most of the so-called Russians are British Isles actors who maintain their native brogue while donning the usual Kossack-like apparel! Yet their histrionic adeptness suffers not and their characterizations come off well. After all, we've seen this type of casting done before, but I don't think we could pull this off in modern Russia. Instead of filming in Finland with British actors, we would be filming in Moscow or St. Pete with Russian actors.

Any additional reviewing will get me into the "spoiler" category, so I'll just sign off by saying see the movie. To me, it is William Hurt's best!


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