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The Girl from Petrovka (1974)

A beautiful Russian ballerina (Goldie Hawn) falls in love with an American news correspondent (Hal Holbrook). The K.G.B. is most displeased, and does everything it can to break them up.


George Feifer (book), Allan Scott | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Oktyabrina
Hal Holbrook ... Joe
Anthony Hopkins ... Kostya
Grégoire Aslan ... Minister
Anton Dolin Anton Dolin ... Ignatievitch
Bruno Wintzell ... Alexander
Zoran Andric Zoran Andric ... Leonid
Hanna Landy ... Judge (as Hanna Hertelendy)
Maria Sukolov Maria Sukolov ... Old Crone
Zitto Kazann ... Passport Black Marketeer
Inger Stratton ... Helga Van Dam (as Inger Jensen)
Raymond O'Keefe Raymond O'Keefe ... Minister's Driver
Richard Marner ... Kremlin Press Official
Michael Janisch Michael Janisch ... Police Chief Valinikov
Harry Towb ... American Reporter


A beautiful Russian ballerina (Goldie Hawn) falls in love with an American news correspondent (Hal Holbrook). The K.G.B. is most displeased, and does everything it can to break them up.

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Plot Keywords:

russian | ballerina | love | kgb | american | See All (60) »


Behind the iron curtain, that's a dangerously funny proposition. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Before filming started, Sir Anthony Hopkins scoured the bookshops of London's Charing Cross Road, trying to find a copy of the novel upon which this movie was based. He had no luck, went to catch a train home, and found a copy lying on a bench at the station. Years later, Hopkins met author George Feifer, who told him that he'd lent his own copy to a friend, who then lost it. Hopkins produced the one he'd found, and asked if it was Feifer's. It was. See more »


Minister's Driver: What is transitional period from socialism to communism?
Joe: Um... , uh... , you tell me.
Minister's Driver: Alcoholism!
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Nyet, Nyet, Nyet
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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Soviet/American Love Story in the 1970's
17 September 2006 | by tidmilleSee all my reviews

I just saw this film for the first time. While Goldie Hawn's Russian accent left a lot to be desired, I found this an entertaining story. Hal Holbrook was great, of course. I thought the Soviet background was fairly well presented of it's 1970's time period. While this was the "Cold War" period, one should not mistake this film for some spy vs. spy story. It is a love story set against the background of the Soviet Union. Some of Goldie's character motivation seem a bit odd at times, I will say. Perhaps another film where if one read the book, some of the character development details would be filled in and better understood. While one recommendation here for a similar story was, "Reds," I would say the 1980's film, "White Nights," with Gregory Hines would be a much better comparison.

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Release Date:

28 February 1975 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota de Petrovka See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

KMA, Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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