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White Nights (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 December 1985 (USA)
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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Chuck Malarek
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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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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As Vincent Canby stated in his review for The New York Times, the movie "has nothing to do with Fyodor Dostoevsky's ''White Nights'' (1848) short-story. 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

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

Featured in Pas de Deux: Making 'White Nights' (2004) See more »

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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Great dancing, weak plot
9 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how it is that I've never seen this movie especially since my daughter was a tap dancer for 12 years and we were both such huge fans of Gregory Hines. The dancing is superb by both Mikhail and Gregory. The acting a little stiff especially by MB. Predictable but for me, the dancing and the music make the movie. The plot is ridiculous. It's too bad that Gregory Hines wasn't bigger during the 80's and 90's, it's a shame that dancing didn't make a comeback in films the way it should have. Loved the background music, loved the sole dance scene by Hines, loved the duet by both of them, HATED the opening sequence, everything I always hated about "modern" dance. Still worth seeing, if only for the dancing and the somewhat factual USSR defection problems. Seems so long ago now that artists and others actually had to "escape" a country. But the question still begs to be asked: If Raymond needed to leave the U.S. why in the H*** would he end up in freaking Siberia vs. all the other European countries he could have moved to??


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