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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.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Rikki Fulton ...
Niall O'Brien ...
KGB Agent Rurik
Henry Woolf ...
Tusse Silberg ...
Patrick Field ...


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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Release Date:

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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The KGB Headquarters was played by the main building of the University of Helsinki in Finland and Moscow's Militia Headquarters was portrayed by the Helsinki Technical School. See more »


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 »


Arkady Renko: [to the bartender] A Stinger, please.
[walks away]
Arkady Renko: Stinger.
William Kirwill: That's a whore's drink.
Arkady Renko: I am a whore.
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String Quartet Op. 18
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Hugely underrated film
3 August 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Gorky Park is one of my favorite political thriller and a film I watch regularly. I have never understood why it is not better known and better rated.

As is often with Cold War Spy films, the system is corrupt on both sides, and it's the every day people who pay the price of the greed and dishonesty of those playing the games behind the scene. The only way to survive is to be invisible and never get mixed up in a case that has political ties. William Hurt plays Arkady Renko, a Moscow police man who gets one of those cases. Three bodies are found in Gorky Park. Faces and fingertips have been removed and KGB seams to know something about this but they do not want the case. KGB does not like Arkady Renko very much since he has tried to prove their guilt once before and he is sure that they are now out for a revenge. The case is somehow connected to Jack Osborne, an American business man played by Lee Marvin.

The film does not shy away from criticizing both sides. Not only do the politics come off as hypocritical, the whole world of espionage is shown as an inhuman and cruel game of greedy and power hungry opportunists.

Some have criticized the film for not capturing the book well enough. It is rather unfair to expect a 2 hour long film to include everything from a 600 page book. A feature film of such a long book is always going to be a shortened version. I think Dennis Potter (yes the one and only) does a great job of capturing the moral bankruptcy of both systems, communism and capitalism. How they are in fact the same. Just a way to keep the little man busy and blind so those in power can get rich by corrupting the system.

Not perfect but not far from it.

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