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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 December 1985 (USA)
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An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko
Raymond Greenwood
Colonel Chaiko
Anne Wyatt
Darya Greenwood
Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff ...
Captain Kirigin
Chuck Malarek
Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
David Savile ...
Ian Liston ...
Benny Young ...
Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake ...
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An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »

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$13,046,465 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debut American and Hollywood film as an actor of exiled Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski whose first English language film as an actor had been the English film Moonlighting (1982) around three years earlier., See more »


When they are beginning their escape, Daria replaces the argument tape with the apology tape. When the tape reaches the end and flips back, playing the apology again, you see a shadow cross the player as a person hits stop and reverse on the player. See more »


Captain Kirigin: Colonel, there's something I think you should hear
Colonel Chaiko: [beat] Later. I'm busy.
Captain Kirigin: But sir ...
Colonel Chaiko: [raising his voice] Captain Kirigin, can't you see I'm busy?
Captain Kirigin: [smiles knowingly at Raymond] Very well, Colonel.
Captain Kirigin: Later.
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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover (2008) See more »


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Great dancing, weak plot
9 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how it is that I've never seen this movie especially since my daughter was a tap dancer for 12 years and we were both such huge fans of Gregory Hines. The dancing is superb by both Mikhail and Gregory. The acting a little stiff especially by MB. Predictable but for me, the dancing and the music make the movie. The plot is ridiculous. It's too bad that Gregory Hines wasn't bigger during the 80's and 90's, it's a shame that dancing didn't make a comeback in films the way it should have. Loved the background music, loved the sole dance scene by Hines, loved the duet by both of them, HATED the opening sequence, everything I always hated about "modern" dance. Still worth seeing, if only for the dancing and the somewhat factual USSR defection problems. Seems so long ago now that artists and others actually had to "escape" a country. But the question still begs to be asked: If Raymond needed to leave the U.S. why in the H*** would he end up in freaking Siberia vs. all the other European countries he could have moved to??

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