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White Nights (1985)

 -  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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Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko
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Raymond Greenwood
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Colonel Chaiko
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Anne Wyatt
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Darya Greenwood
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Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff ...
Captain Kirigin
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Chuck Malarek
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Ambassador Larry Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
David Savile ...
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Ian Liston ...
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Benny Young ...
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Hilary Drake ...
Stewardess #1
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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 Bolshoi 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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The 747 aircraft is actually a 707 with an artificial hump on the top of the forward fuselage, as the studio couldn't afford to lease a 747. See more »

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When they are escaping from their apartment, Nikolai quite loudly calls Darya (Isabella Rossellini) Isabella. See more »

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Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: It wouldn't be right ...
Galina Ivanova: Right? You knew what was right?
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: I was suffocating here! You knew it!
Galina Ivanova: When they told me you had defected to the West, they couldn't believe that you would leave without telling me. I couldn't believe it either.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: I'm sorry.
Galina Ivanova: They took away my passport. For four years I wasn't allowed to travel.And for three years, they would take me to the big house to answer their questions. Every day, the same, stupid questions!
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: You answered well. You're an important person, with power. I...
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Dance choreographed by Twyla Tharpe -- need I say more?
21 January 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I saw it when it first came out in 85 or so. Now that I am older, wiser, and have seen so much ballet and modern dance (Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, DTH, New York Ballet, Miami Ballet, etc.) not to mention having seen Baryshnikov here in DC for the first performance of his "White Oak Dance Project," I can honestly say that this is one of the best films incorporating dance with a taut plotline. Isabella Rosellini's first ever appearance on film, too -- it's just so good now, I can't believe I had forgotten it. Guess that's what age and perspective does for you.

Highly recommend for anyone, even if you aren't interested in dance.


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