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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 December 1985 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko
... Raymond Greenwood
... Colonel Chaiko
... Galina Ivanova
... Anne Wyatt
... Darya Greenwood
... Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff ... Captain Kirigin
... Chuck Malarek
... Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure ... Ballerina (Death)
David Savile ... Pilot
Ian Liston ... Co-Pilot
Benny Young ... Flight Engineer
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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Two men. Not soldiers. Not heroes. Just dancers. Willing to risk their lives for freedom-and each other. See more »

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$477,539, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,160,849
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plane crash sequence was filmed at Campbeltown Airport on the south west coast of Scotland. Mainly due to its remoteness and the runway is around 2.5 miles long. A number of local people were cast as extras for interior shots of the plane. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft in the opening sequences has antennas on the wingtips when in the air, but not when on the ground. See also the trivia entry. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Greenwood: Don't do this! He's just a goddamn dancer!
Colonel Chaiko: Yes, I agree, not worth her life, is he? Vshtay!
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Connections

References West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in a minor B. 150 Opus Posth.
(uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by Kolya (Mikhail Baryshnikov) during a scene in the dancing studio.
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Unbelievable privilege to see Baryshnikov dance up close at his best
5 September 2006 | by See 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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