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Gorky Park (1983)

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Martin Cruz Smith (novel), Dennis Potter (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Arkady Renko
Lee Marvin ... Jack Osborne
Brian Dennehy ... William Kirwill
Ian Bannen ... Iamskoy
Joanna Pacula ... Irina Asanova
Michael Elphick ... Pasha
Richard Griffiths ... Anton
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ... Maj. Pribluda
Alexander Knox ... General
Alexei Sayle ... Golodkin
Ian McDiarmid ... Prof. Andreev
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... KGB Agent Rurik
Henry Woolf ... Levin
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Natasha
Patrick Field Patrick Field ... Fet
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Storyline

An investigator on the Moscow police force relentlessly pursues the solution to a triple homicide which occurred in Moscow's Gorky Park. He finds that no one really wants him to solve the crime because it is just the tip of a complex conspiracy which involves the highest levels of the Moscow city government. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Taglines:

Murder in Moscow. From the international best seller. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorkij parken See more »

Filming Locations:

Seursaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,290,754, 18 December 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film Critic Janet Maslin in 'The New York Times' stated in her review first published on 16th December 1983 that the picture has "the leading character, a Russian police inspector [Soviet militsiya officer Arkady Renko], played by an American actor [William Hurt] affecting a British accent". See more »

Goofs

In the first morgue scene, the wide shot when all three bodies are visible, the tables with the instruments are covering their shins. In the close up shots the tables are covering their thighs. See more »

Quotes

Arkady Renko: Too many people in our society disappear without trace.
Professor Andreev: Oh. Why is that?
Arkady Renko: They fall into a chasm.
Professor Andreev: What sort of chasm?
Arkady Renko: The one between what is said and what is done.
Professor Andreev: [Renko is talking very loudly, and Andreev's lab technicians are listening] You may not be long for this world, my fine imprudent fellow.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Gorky Park' (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

It's So Easy
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Published by MPL Communications, Inc. and Wren Music Co., Inc.
Performed by Bad Sign (uncredited)
[performed at the carnival]
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Read the Book
16 December 2002 | by lizscherSee all my reviews

I saw this movie and unfortunately was very disappointed. After reading the brilliant book written by Martin Cruz Smith I expected a brilliant screenplay in movie form. I was wrong, many characters are missing which are vital to the story line and Hurt's performance of the title character is not believable, his accent isn't even right! Not that I don't think Hurt is a talented actor, I just didn't feel he was the right person for the part. The only thing that made the movie bearable for me was the the perfect casting choice of Lee Marvin as the American. It was as though this part was written for him and no one else. If you want to see the movie, read the book first (its will explain the holes in the plot for you) and enjoy one of Lee Marvin's last great performances!


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