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White Nights (1985)

 -  Drama  -  22 November 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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Ambassador Larry Smith
Florence Faure ...
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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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The plane crash sequence was filmed at RAF Machrihanish near Campbeltown (now a civilian airfield), the survivors were shown filmed in the Gaydon Hangar and the hospital scenes were filmed in the Station Headquarters building. See more »

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During Chaiko's interrogation of Rodchenko at the clinic, the torn items thrown on Rodchenko change. The image of a partial American Express Gold Card appears, disappears, then re-appears during the course of the questioning. See more »

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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.
[beat]
Captain Kirigin: Later.
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The best ballet film ever
15 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

The plot of White Nights is well-planned, the script neatly written and two relatively unknown actors as the lead men - Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines - carry this feature well. The end result is a touching, funny drama with a romantic edge. It is, therefore, a good film in its own right. But the real reason to see it is for the spectacular dancing of Baryshnikov. I last saw the film - wait for it - in 1990 but it has remained one of the most moving films I have ever seen: so much so that it inspired me to pay a sizeable sum for the pleasure of seeing Baryshnikov dance at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London in June 1999, 9 years later, having never thought I would have the opportunity to see my school-days hero live and in person...

Gregory Hines is a good second-lead (and has been much underused in films since), providing a sparring partner for Baryshnikov both in dance - as jazz/tap dancer vs ballet dancer - and to the benefit of the script. Isabella Rosselini plays a damsel in distress, complementing the duo and providing the romantic angle, balancing the story-line.

Overall it is a well-made film, though not the best ever, and if your interest lies about as far afield from dance as the local football field it is unlikely to appeal. But for anyone wanting to see a romantic 'weepie' it can provide a good slice of entertainment for a Sunday afternoon. And as for the dancing ... well, Baryshnikov was 37 then and I have never seen such athleticism and agility in a dancer of that age. Such expressive emotions come through his steps that he needs no words.

Without the dancing the film would undoubtedly have lost its true winning power, but with it may well have provided the motivation to dance for both children and adults ... I hope you enjoy it as much as I have

9 years later it is remains one of my top 20 best films.


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