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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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Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff ...
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Chuck Malarek
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Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure ...
Ballerina (Death)
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Ian Liston ...
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Benny Young ...
Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake ...
Stewardess I
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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 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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russia | ballet | escape | kgb | expatriate | See All (30) »

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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

In the USA, the picture was originally R rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), but achieved a lower classification of a PG-13 rating upon appeal. 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

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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Spoofed in Running Scared (1986) 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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Say You, Say Me, Say Cold War Tension
8 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

One of many films from the 1980s that used the U.S.-Soviet tension of the time as an excuse to put all manner of hokum up on the movie screens.

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines come away relatively unscathed from this movie. Both are in it solely for their dancing abilities, and really that's the whole reason for the film's existence, that and the opportunity to give us not one but two smash hit songs to perform at that year's Oscar ceremony.

Featuring Helen Mirren, before anyone knew who Helen Mirren was, and Geralding Page, who would win an Oscar that year for "The Trip to Bountiful."

Grade: C+


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