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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 ...
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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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Two men. Not soldiers. Not heroes. Just dancers. Willing to risk their lives for freedom-and each other. See more »

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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Sol de medianoche  »

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$13,046,465 (USA)
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A real Aer Lingus 747 was used for the air-to-air sequences, and part of the landing, but for the crash, a 707 with an artificial hump was used. See more »

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

Quotes

Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: Please inform American embassy that I am here. I am an American citizen.
Colonel Chaiko: What you call yourself is of no concern to us. Here, you're just a criminal.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: The world will demand that you hand me over.
Colonel Chaiko: The world. The world is overjoyed that we allowed a plane to land. We saved hundreds of lives. Only four people died.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: Who? What were the names?
Colonel Chaiko: Don't worry. Don't worry. Your promoter was not hurt. I sent her home, along with the others. I'll explain your condition to her.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: My condition? What condition? ...
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Will Raymond Greenwood (American tap dancer who deserted the Army) help Nikolai Rodchenko (ballet dancer who defected Russia to the US) escape the Soviet Union again?
20 May 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

The two giant and opposing nations of the Cold War, Russia and the United States of America, are represented through the protagonists of "White Nights". Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov are two superb dancers who act in the film, and delight the viewer through artistic communication. The emotion evoked by their performances is unparalleled; feelings of despair, frustration, anger and desire for freedom are all present in their body-language. The title of the film refers to a natural occurrence, present in northern Russia: The White Nights are a phenomenon which lasts a few weeks between Spring and Summer. During this time, there is light for most the night; after sunset and during twilight, it looks white and clear... a white night. This film is truly worth watching, I own it and am glad. Not only does it possess a grand artistic value, but also a great story from a historical period in which one's life was completely controlled by political agreements. It is in this Orwellian society, that human values arise and struggle for survival... do not miss it!


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