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White Nights (1985)




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The fancy footwork and star appeal of Gregory Hines as Raymond, an exiled American, and the powerful grace of Mikhail Baryshnikov as Nikolai, a defector, combine with a great production design to carry this otherwise thinly-stretched tale of intrigue. With a stellar supporting cast (Isabella Rossellini as Raymond's wife, Helen Mirren as Nikolai's lover, and Jerzy Skolimowski, the Polish director, as a wily KGB agent), the film has a few excellent moments. Nikolai has defected from the former USSR some time in the past. While on a trip, his plane spectacularly crashes on a runway in Siberia. Trapped in the country he had escaped, he is brought to stay with Raymond, an American who defected during the Vietnam war. Nikolai desperately wants to get out of the country, but the Russians have other plans.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov
as Nikolai "Kolya" Rodchenko
Gregory Hines
as Raymond Greenwood
Isabella Rossellini
as Darya Greenwood
Jerzy Skolimowski
as Col. Chaiko
Helen Mirren
as Galina Ivanova
Geraldine Page
as Anne Wyatt
John Glover
as Wynn Scott
Stefan Gryff
as Capt. Kirigin
William Hootkins
as Chuck Malarek
Shane Rimmer
as Ambassador Smith
Florence Faure
as Ballerina (Death)
Ian Liston
as Copilot
Benny Young
as Flight Engineer
Hilary Drake
as Stewardess
Mark Sinden
as Charles
Megumi Shimanuki
as Stewardess
Daniel Benzali
as Dr. Asher
Michael Petrovich
as Helicopter Pilot
Maria Werlander
as Child Ballerina
Sergei Rousakov
as KGB Agent
Marc Michalsky
as KGB Agent
Maryam d'Abo
as French Girl Friend
Marc Sinden
as Charles
Susannah Morley
as Journalist in Opera House
Elisa Tornqvist
as Journalist at Consulate House
Jirí Stanislav
as Chaiko's Driver
Michael Petrovitch
as Helicopter Pilot
Andreas Markos
as Escamilla
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Critic Reviews for White Nights

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

White Nights is made by people who seem much more comfortable with dance than with the requirements of the Hollywood thriller. It comes to life in the dance sequences, and then drifts away again.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

'80s dance drama has some violence, profanity.

July 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A manipulative movie that spoils the few pleasures it delivers.

August 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

The in-between moments are interesting, and the dancing is spectacular.

August 11, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for White Nights


This ended up being a pretty decent movie,nothing oscar worthy, but nobody can dance like they do,its brilliance. The story is pretty decent and interesting

ashley hayes-beaty
ashley hayes-beaty

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Great drama-thriller film. Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines were fantastic on their dance sequences.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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