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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 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 »

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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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 »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sol de medianoche See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Gregory Hines was also credited for the unique category of "Tap Improvography" which can be defined as improvisational tap-dancing. See more »

Goofs

During Chaiko's interrogation of Rodchenko at the clinic, the torn items thrown on Rodchenko change. The image of a partial American Express Gold Card appears, disappears, then re-appears during the course of the questioning. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: I see. You and your wife, you worke in the theater. And you live here... in Siberia.
Raymond Greenwood: It's just temporary.
Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko: [dryly] Of course. Nobody is here permanently.
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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

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Soundtracks

Separate Lives
(Love Theme)
Written by Stephen Bishop
Produced by Arif Mardin, Phil Collins, and Hugh Padgham
Performed by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
Courtesy of Atlantic Records and Virgin Records
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Surprising performances by all. (RIP Gregory Hines)
12 November 2004 | by SweetDiversionsSee all my reviews

A must for fans of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines (RIP) and Isabella Rossellini (possibly their best acting performances). This is a strong drama for fans of dance or heart-warming films. The dance scenes are excellent and they are incorporated into the film seamlessly.

Surprising performances by all: Baryshnikov is excellent to watch and listen to, and Hines and Rossellini are convincing as an inter-racial husband and wife struggling to survive in Russia. I was surprised in how well it was acted, and you may be surprised in how you will react to it. This is one of my favorite dramas/love stories.

This movie also gives us a dark glimpse into the life of those who are poverty stricken (lower class and outcasts) in Russia as well as giving you an idea of how well the rich and famous live. Remember, this film was made before the wall came down.

If exploding aliens is your type of movie, you may think this is a sappy film. But if you let yourself get lost in this movie (as all movie lovers should) you will really like this one.


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