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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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Murder in Moscow. 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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First Hollywood movie and first movie outside of home country Poland of Polish actress Joanna Pacula. 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 »


Levin: [conducting an autopsy] I'm used to dealing with the dead. The only emotion I feel about one of these is a faint hope it may be a Party official.
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Ruskies meet East Enders
4 July 2002 | by (Terra) – See all my reviews

"Gorky Park" is a movie very heavily dated as it took place in the Cold War, when Russia was a vast empire that Westerners knew little about, along with all the usual accoutrements of the detente.

It's hard now to picture what it was like at the time, or how secretive the Soviet Union was. (Everybody and their monkey's uncle claims to work for the KGB, which probably wasn't that far from the truth.)

William Hurt plays his part well as usual, making Renko a character you empathize with even though he's about as expressive as a floor lamp. Basically the entire story is a detective mystery about some murders in Gorky Park that as usual covers some far more sinister goings on. It's long and has little action, but if you're interested more in intrigue and social chess games rather than shoot outs you'll like it.

I really only had two problems with the movie. One is Renko is a straight arrow cop who tries to do the right thing despite the corrupt system he works in. Yet he behaves almost like he was dropped off by a spaceship and is oblivious to the Russian political machine, even though he supposedly had been working as a cop for some time.

The second is all the Russians have very proper British accents and mannerisms, even in scenes where they're speaking to an American in English. This lack of Russian language and identity made me feel half the time I was watching "Piccadilly Park" rather than "Gorky Park." Nevertheless is was still an interesting movie.

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