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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 December 1985 (USA)
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 Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
David Savile ...
Pilot
Ian Liston ...
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Benny Young ...
Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake ...
Stewardess I
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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 Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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russia | ballet | escape | kgb | expatriate | See All (30) »

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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$477,539 (USA) (24 November 1985)

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$42,160,849 (USA)
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Trivia

One of three spy movies [to date, October 2016] that feature actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The films are White Nights (1985), Company Business (1991), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). See more »

Goofs

When they are beginning their escape, Daria replaces the argument tape with the apology tape. When the tape reaches the end and flips back, playing the apology again, you see a shadow cross the player as a person hits stop and reverse on the player. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Transcription by Michel Colombier
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Fantastic and a treat for ballet &/or tap lovers too
8 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to add to the wonderful commentaries already made, except that the dancing in this movie is spectacular. Hines is a fantastic actor and dancer. Baryshnikov is absolutely sublime in both his dance scenes and the raw emotion he shows in his desperation to return to American soil. He actually defected in real life, which was obviously a valuable experience to draw from in this movie. I love one of his lines: "I am still Russian, I am just not Soviet." Even though the cold was is (supposedly) over, this movie makes an excellent historic piece, as well as a wonderful dance movie. I can watch it over and over again, and still find it enjoyable.


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