6.6/10
5,704
40 user 14 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Boney (1972–1973)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: James Laurenson, Kate Fitzpatrick, David Gulpilil
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Orson Welles, Edward Albert, Harry Andrews
Les forges de Saint-Maurice (TV Series 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

En 1737, les forges de Saint-Maurice jouent un rôle de premier plan dans l'économie de la Nouvelle-France. Le maître de forge, M. de Vezin, accueille un nouvel arrivant, un maître fondeur ... See full summary »

Stars: Bernard Assiniwi, Serge Bossac, Alpha Boucher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young boy learns the rituals of what his father and his friends perceive as manhood on a weekend hunting trip.

Director: Francis Mankiewicz
Stars: Guy L'Ecuyer, Marcel Sabourin, Pierre Dufresne
Jamais deux sans toi (TV Series 1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Les Duval approchent de la cinquantaine, ils sont devenus grands-parents et leur univers s'est transformé. Désormais propriétaire de sa propre agence, Rémi envisage, en vue de la retraite, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Besré, Yvon Bilodeau, Margot Campbell
2 Seconds (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Laurie, a professional downhill racer gets fired because of her slight overindulgence in irresponsibility. She returns to Montreal where she is welcomed by her geeky but cute brother. She ... See full summary »

Director: Manon Briand
Stars: Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone, Jonathan Bolduc
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man discovers his homosexuality and begins a relationship with a manipulative huster/petty criminal that he meets at a train station.

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Roland Bertin
La p'tite semaine (TV Series 1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Lucien Lajoie dirige un petit magasin général dans un quartier modeste de l'est montréalais. Grincheux et bougon, il déteste qu'on le contredise. Ginette, sa femme, naïve à ses heures, a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Besré, Christiane Delisle, Ousseynou Diop
Tit Coq (1953)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After returning home from war, an ill-tempered young soldier must deal with his sweetheart having married another man.

Directors: René Delacroix, Gratien Gélinas
Stars: Amanda Alarie, George Alexander, Fred Barry
Anne Trister (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Swiss Jewish artist who is grieving her father, moves to Montreal and forms a friendship with a child psychiatrist. While creating an installation in an abandoned warehouse, she confronts her past and is increasingly drawn to her friend.

Director: Léa Pool
Stars: Albane Guilhe, Louise Marleau, Lucie Laurier
IXE-13 (1972)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The (french-)canadian first-rate spy have to fight with a chinese woman spy working for the nazis and in love with him.

Director: Jacques Godbout
Stars: Louise Forestier, André Dubois, Serge Grenier
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Au lendemain d'une soirée particulièrement épuisante, quatre couples de riches bourgeois se retrouvent dans la maison de l'un d'eux (Jean Duceppe et Catherine Bégin) et la même soirée ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Martin
Stars: Jean Duceppe, Denise Filiatrault, Yvon Dufour
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff ...
...
Chuck Malarek
...
Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
David Savile ...
Ian Liston ...
Co-Pilot
Benny Young ...
Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake ...
Stewardess I
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Two men. Not soldiers. Not heroes. Just dancers. Willing to risk their lives for freedom-and each other. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$477,539, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,160,849
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)|

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While the interior of the Kirov Theater was filmed in a theater in Portugal, the exterior seen in the film is the actual Kirov theater in Leningrad in the then USSR. The filming location (Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia) differs, because the present name of the theater, the city and the country are used. 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

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin: Separate Lives (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Fine interesting movie, wonderfully acted (and of course danced)
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this on television - having resisted my sister-in-law's entreaties years ago to see it. It's awfully good.

The movie is imaginative - having Gregory Hines in a theater in Siberia, a defector to Russia when disillusioned and unable to find use for his talents as an adult tap dancer in America after the Vietnam War, married to the translator initially assigned him (an astonishing peformance by Isabella Rosellini), and performing Porgy & Bess to audiences including Russian troops - well, it's a character and situation you don't find in movies every day!

I was amazed at the close-knit work of actors who were not then first name movie stars - and at how well-drawn these characters are -

Helen Mirren is superb as Baryshnikov's former lover, partner, and now director of the Kirov Ballet - angry and constantly deluding herself that things are getting more artistically free in Russia -

Baryshnikov is excellent, reliving the pain of defection in his old theater, seeing a tape of himself when at 17 he was care-free and full of illusory ambition, the discovery of the erasure of his name among children in Russia, the anger of his former partner for his abandonment of her and denunciation of his "selfishness" in defecting -

Hines as a man living with an atrocious mistake and trying always to justify itself to himself - in Siberia, he seems like a man on Mars -

an almost unrecognizable Rosellini as a Russian woman in pained love with Hines (just the looks on her face of love and sympathy and pity and helplessness for Hines are so powerful and moving - I'll never forget them)-

the four are so very very fine together. Each TRULY seems the person they're portraying. If one were to see news photographs or a documentary about such characters - they would look this way, sound this way, move and speak and dress this way.

The dancing is very enjoyable to watch - and you really needn't be a fan of dance (I'm not) to marvel at it.

The only downside of the movie is that it takes these four fascinating and pained characters, and stuffs them into a somewhat formulaic action plot. I also found the music too heavy throughout - let there be silences as they contemplate their messy situations.

This is very well worth seeing.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

What Is Katee Sackhoff Watching?

Katee Sackhoff shares her Watchlist and love for the CW drama "Reign" with "The IMDb Show." Plus, we take a look at the top 10 TV Shows of 2017.

Watch now