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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) »


A Russian girl, an American reporter, the love they shared ...and the country that made it impossible. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


London's "Sunday Telegraph" newspaper sent source novelist George Feifer to Vienna, Austria to cover the movie's filming, whereupon, according to Feifer, a production unit secretary allegedly scolded him when he reached for a copy of the production schedule. Feifer recalled the dialogue that ensued: "Who do you think you are?", "I...I wrote the novel", "What novel? So what?" 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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A good 'chick flick' and 'date movie', definitely worth seeing.
16 January 2003 | by es_senSee all my reviews

A romantic Tragedy with comic elements, this underrated early Goldie Hawn feature is set in Russia during the Cold War (a very serious and cynical place). Goldie's conflicted character, Oktyabrina, appears mostly as a silly young woman, beautiful but fickle. While she is very interested in older men, there are also signs that she has been deeply hurt by them. Through most of the movie she is a puzzle and a pain, especially to her co-star (Hal Holbrook as Joe, an older American journalist), who has trouble seeing through her carefree facade. What is wrong with her? Does she feel unworthy? Is she too jaded? Can she overcome her issues? Her behavior regarding willingness to risk and sacrifice is both fascinating and informative. But perhaps Soviet Russia is simply too brutal a place for love. Will Joe give up on her?

A good 'chick flick', this film also has interesting Cold War elements such as "official truth" (pravda) and the relationships between Oktyabrina's men which lead me to rate it as a 'date movie' also. Definitely worth seeing, this love story breaks the stereotype, showing a woman running from intimacy. Simultaneously, it examines the timeless question 'if you can't feel innocent, how can you fall in love?'

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Release Date:

28 February 1975 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl from Petrovka See more »

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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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