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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

Director Taylor Hackford was widely ridiculed for using the same old Helsinki shots to stand in for Leningrad. In reality he had used actual shots of the Kirov Theater and other locations in Leningrad taken by a Finnish travel company on his behalf. Despite the unfair criticism, he kept the true story of these shots secret for years afterward to protect his Finnish partners. 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

Captain Kirigin: Colonel, there's something I think you should hear
Colonel Chaiko: [beat] Later. I'm busy.
Captain Kirigin: But sir ...
Colonel Chaiko: [raising his voice] Captain Kirigin, can't you see I'm busy?
Captain Kirigin: [smiles knowingly at Raymond] Very well, Colonel.
[beat]
Captain Kirigin: Later.
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Referenced in Psych: Bollywood Homicide (2009) See more »

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Say You Say Me
(Title Song)
Written and Performed by Lionel Richie
Produced by Lionel Richie and James Anthony Carmichael
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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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