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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)
David Savile ...
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Ian Liston ...
Co-pilot
Benny Young ...
Flight Engineer
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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mikhail Baryshnikov reportedly was insistent with the film's producers that gramatically-correct Russian be spoken in the film instead of the often nonsensical hybrid often used in American motion pictures. 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

Pilot: [over the P.A] Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? This is the Captain speaking. We have developed electrical problems, and we have to land immediately. There is a Soviet military airfield about 75 miles from here...
Anne Wyatt: [half asleep] Where are we? Are we landing?
[Kolya runs to the lavatory to destroy his identity papers]
Anne Wyatt: Where are you going?
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: What do you mean? We're landing in Russia!
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Say You, Say Me
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Written and Performed by Lionel Richie
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Surprising performances by all. (RIP Gregory Hines)
12 November 2004 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

A must for fans of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines (RIP) and Isabella Rossellini (possibly their best acting performances). This is a strong drama for fans of dance or heart-warming films. The dance scenes are excellent and they are incorporated into the film seamlessly.

Surprising performances by all: Baryshnikov is excellent to watch and listen to, and Hines and Rossellini are convincing as an inter-racial husband and wife struggling to survive in Russia. I was surprised in how well it was acted, and you may be surprised in how you will react to it. This is one of my favorite dramas/love stories.

This movie also gives us a dark glimpse into the life of those who are poverty stricken (lower class and outcasts) in Russia as well as giving you an idea of how well the rich and famous live. Remember, this film was made before the wall came down.

If exploding aliens is your type of movie, you may think this is a sappy film. But if you let yourself get lost in this movie (as all movie lovers should) you will really like this one.


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