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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 6 December 1985 (USA)
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A Russian American ballet dancer's airplane is forced to land in USSR, where he's "repatriated". He stays with an American man married to a Russian. Will the American help him flee USSR?

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

James Goldman (screenplay), Eric Hughes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko
Gregory Hines ... Raymond Greenwood
Jerzy Skolimowski ... Colonel Chaiko
Helen Mirren ... Galina Ivanova
Geraldine Page ... Anne Wyatt
Isabella Rossellini ... Darya Greenwood
John Glover ... Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Captain Kirigin
William Hootkins ... Chuck Malarek
Shane Rimmer ... Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure Florence Faure ... Ballerina (Death)
David Savile David Savile ... Pilot
Ian Liston Ian Liston ... Co-Pilot
Benny Young Benny Young ... Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake Hilary Drake ... Stewardess I
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Two men. Not soldiers. Not heroes. Just dancers. Willing to risk their lives for freedom-and each other. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Dame Helen Mirren and Producer and Director Taylor Hackford met on the set of this movie and eventually married. See more »

Goofs

When they are beginning their escape, Daria replaces the argument tape with the apology tape. When the tape reaches the end and flips back, playing the apology again, you see a shadow cross the player as a person hits stop and reverse on the player. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: You know how elite live in this country? Any pleasure, any perversion. Name it. They're as decadent here as in New York, Tokyo or Rome. They just keep it all hidden.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release was cut by 16s to remove two uses of 'fuck' to earn a PG rating. Subsequent video versions restore the strong language and raise the certificate to 15. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

People Have Got to Move
Written and Produced by Nile Rodgers
Performed by Jenny Burton
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User Reviews

 
Unbelievable privilege to see Baryshnikov dance up close at his best
5 September 2006 | by spam_chaconneSee all my reviews

Baryshinikov is the one of the best male dancers of all time. This movie allows you to see him up close and view his "process" for dancing. You can't help but watch in awe at his amazing athletic and physical feats... from the very first scene where you see him slowly lower his entire body from a headstand to lying down to seeing him dance "en pointe" in what appear to be a pair of "Keds". It isn't just seeing the dances that is amazing. It is the opportunity to see the dances from the perspective of an "insider who is sitting right there next to him -- as opposed to watching him from the audience.

This is dancing "eye candy" at its finest -- my favorite escape movie of all time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Nights See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$477,539, 24 November 1985

Gross USA:

$42,160,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,160,849
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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