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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | 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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Baryshnikov's American television debut

Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marianna Tcherkassky, Gelsey Kirkland
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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$477,539, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,160,849
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1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: I see. You and your wife, you worke in the theater. And you live here... in Siberia.
Raymond Greenwood: It's just temporary.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: [dryly] Of course. Nobody is here permanently.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Snake Charmer
Written by John Hiatt
Produced by Phil Ramone
Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of Geffin Records
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Fantastic and a treat for ballet &/or tap lovers too
8 April 2006 | by 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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