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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
Stefan Gryff ...
Captain Kirigin
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Chuck Malarek
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Ambassador Larry Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »

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$13,046,465 (USA)
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Trivia

The opening theatre sequence was filmed at the Bristol Hippodrome and the gentleman paging the curtain for Baryshnikov is John Randall (sadly now deceased) who was the Theatre's technical director at the time. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft in the opening sequences has antennas on the wingtips when in the air, but not when on the ground. See also the trivia entry. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Greenwood: Don't do this! He's just a goddamn dancer!
Colonel Chaiko: Yes, I agree, not worth her life, is he? Vshtay!
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Soundtracks

Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Transcription by Michel Colombier
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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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