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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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Murder in Moscow. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

Bulevardi, 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

The last third of Martin Cruz Smith's "Gorky Park" novel takes place in New York, USA but this was changed to Stockholm, Sweden for the movie as scriptwriter Dennis Potter didn't like it. Stockholm was more 'Cold War' cinematic. See more »

Goofs

When Arkady's car stalls on the bridge on the way back to Moscow, the wipers are still running. As Arkady repeatedly tries to re-start the car, we see the wipers still running at full speed. In real life, each time he tried to restart the car, the wipers would slow from the drain of battery power away from the wipers to the starter motor. 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

Spoofed in The City: Gorky Parkette (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet Op. 18
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Too many people in our society disappear.
2 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It has been a long time since I last viewed this film, but it was a welcome revisit, and a chance to see a great performance by William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, A History of Violence, The Proposition). After about a dozen of his films, I never tire of watching him act.

The cast also included Lee Marvin in a very good performance, and the ever-lovable Brian Dennehy. This was also the American debut of Joanna Pacula, who got a Golden Globe nomination for her outstanding performance. And, we also got to see her golden globes in a skintastic moment, right before she gets Hurt! This was her finest film in a career spanning 30 years.

Do not miss this fine police procedural with a surprise ending. The motive is brilliant.


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