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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Pasha
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Golodkin
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Levin
Tusse Silberg ...
Natasha
Patrick Field ...
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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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Three frozen and mutilated corpses have just been found in the snow of Moscow's Gorky Park . . . 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both of the two theatrical feature films that starred actor William Hurt that first debuted in 1983, Gorky Park (1983) and The Big Chill (1983), related to coldness, as the murdered dead bodies in Gorky Park (1983) were found in its icy snow. See more »

Goofs

When Arkady stands up to leave the hotel bar, the bowl of peanuts is sitting on the arm of his chair, but after he leaves, Kirwill reaches down for the bowl as if it were sitting on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Arkady Renko: I'm trying to save a life.
Anton: Whose?
Arkady Renko: Mine! I'm on a case that reeks of KGB involvement.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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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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