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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Murder in Moscow. From the international best seller. 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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Did You Know?


Alexander Knox and Ian Bannen who play the Soviet General and Prosecutor Iamskoy in Gorky Park (1983) also appeared previously together in the mini-series version of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), with Knox as the spy-master "Control" and Bannen as an agent sent on a mission into the East Bloc. See more »


During the final scene pine martens were used for sables, clearly identifiable by the yellow fur at their chests. See more »


Irina Asanova: KGB have better cars, you know.
Arkady Renko: Ah, but they don't always take you where you want to go, do they?
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Gorky Park a classic
9 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw Gorky Park as a child in the 1980's. Although I liked it back then, I didn't understand it much. Seeing it again as an adult, it really sunk what the deeper meaning of the film exuded, aside from the on-the-surface murder mystery-slash-government corruption plot. The root of the film is about the desperacy of some communist-imprisoned Russian citizen's to be free, and going to great lengths to achieve the American dream, even if it meant risking their lives for an empty promise. Three people who get murdered risk it all for the promise of a better tomorrow in the freedomland...even when Irina (played well by beautiful Polish actress Joanna Pacula) is told that her friends have been killed, she continues to believe that they are "out" as she says. She admits that she would rather believe a fantasy lie promised by the murderer than the horrible truth that she might be stuck in her mother country for the rest of her life....where the biggest corruption sits in the government. The last scene in the film beautifully exemplifies the symbolism of freedom to the music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake...

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