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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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Doing Business In Moscow Can Be Murder. See more »

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12 January 1984 (Australia)  »

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Gorkij parken  »

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$15,900,000 (USA)
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Author Martin Cruz Smith conceived the idea for the faceless murders for his 'Gorky Park' novel in 1972 after he read a book called 'The Face Finder' by Mikhail Gerasimov. This book was about the reconstruction of faces from unidentifiable remains by scientists. See more »

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

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Maj. Pribluda: [Pribluda suddenly arrives on the scene of the Gorky Park killings] Greetings, Comrades! I bring you hot water bottles!
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String Quartet Op. 18
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Well Made, Bittersweet Police Procedural
18 October 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

It's winter and three corpses are found in Moscow's Gorky Park. They've had their faces and finger tips carved off. Arkady Renko, an honest, slightly obsessive Russian cop, is assigned to the case. He sets out to identify the bodies by reconstructing their faces, and as he gets closer he finds obstructions in his path. He finds a girl (Joanna Pacula) who was friends of the trio, a wealthy and ruthless American (Lee Marvin), an American cop (Brian Dennehy) out for blood, and more than he probably wants to know about sable coats and the animals they're made from. It becomes clear that corrupt higher-ups are involved in something with greater stakes than solving a triple murder. Hurt and Marvin do great jobs and are well matched.

This is a tight, very well constructed police procedural that is a little exotic, with the cops and functionaries being Russians. It's also a bit gloomy with a bitter sweet ending, but it still works as a very watchable film. A lot of the outdoor shots were filmed in Helsinki, and the movie takes place in the winter. The atmosphere looks cold and oppressive. The contrast is striking with the scenes set in a pre-revolutionary bath and an expensive restaurant, both reserved for the use of privileged Soviet officials.

The book, by Martin Cruz Smith, is even better. Apted also directed Enigma, and I like both movies a lot.


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