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


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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Plot Keywords:

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


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Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$477,539, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's closing credits state: "The Producers would like to express their sincere appreciation for the invaluable assistance given by the following organizations: United Kingdom Ministry of Defence with special thanks to the Royal Air Force Personnel at RAF Machrihanish Airfield-Scotland; Aer Lingus with special thanks to Jerry Curran, Captain J. J. Sullivan and his 747 crew; Teatro de San Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal; The Hippodrome Theatre in Bristol, England; Danmarks Radio for the use of their recording of Vladimir Vysotsky's 'The Horses'; The people of Reposaari, Finland." See more »


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Colonel Chaiko: Modern man is so confused, Raymond. Finally, it's much better to work in the theater... than in a mine.
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Waltz in a minor B. 150 Opus Posth.
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by Kolya (Mikhail Baryshnikov) during a scene in the dancing studio.
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Surprising performances by all. (RIP Gregory Hines)
12 November 2004 | by 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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