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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
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Captain Kirigin
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Chuck Malarek
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Benny Young ...
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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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On the walls of his Siberian flat, Gregory Hines has photos of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as well as album covers for "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane and "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye. 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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There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
(from "Porgy and Bess")
by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
(C) 1935 Ira Gershwin, Arthur Gershwin and Frances Gershwin Godowisky assigned to Gershwin Publishing Corporation (C) renewed 1962/
Used by permission of Chappell & Co., Inc. and the Gershwin Family.
Sung and danced by Gregory Hines
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A good movie that could have been great
22 January 2002 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

The basic plot of this movie - the predicament of a Russian defector suddenly finding himself back in his Motherland after the airplane in which he is travelling crash-lands - is a compelling one, and I can't help feeling that had a little more thought and care gone into the character of the three main protagonists this movie would have been a whole lot better than it actually is.

The performances by the international cast are excellent throughout, especially Baryshnikov, whose character is the main focus of the story, as well as the catalyst for self-analysis among those he left behind and those he encounters on his forced return. Jerzy Skolimowski, the Polish director, is also worthy of mention in a rare acting role as a KGB Agent.

So: good plot, good acting. And great dancing - even if you're not a fan, you're likely to enjoy Baryshnikov and Hines doing their thing. On the downside, the reasons for Gregory Hines defection from the USA to the Soviet Union (disclosed while holding an American football - the film's symbolism lacks subtlety at times), are shaky and under-developed to say the least, and his character comes across as too apathetic too have made such a dramatic gesture in the first place. Isabella Rossellini (a ringer for her mother) is woefully underused and is prevented from adding much of worth to the movie.

Well worth seeing, then; but the sense of how great it could have been may undermine your enjoyment a little.


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