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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Columbia Pictures

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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
Michael Petrovich
as Helicopter Pilot
Daniel Benzali
as Dr. Asher
Maria Werlander
as Child Ballerina
Sergei Rousakov
as KGB Agent
Aleksandr Naumov
as KGB Agent
Edward Ochagavia
as KGB Agent
Marc Michalsky
as KGB Agent
Maryam d'Abo
as French Girl Friend
Marc Sinden
as Charles
Josephine Buchan
as Caroline
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)

'80s dance drama has some violence, profanity.

Full Review… | July 12, 2016
Common Sense Media

A manipulative movie that spoils the few pleasures it delivers.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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

August 11, 2002

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February 17, 2007
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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October 22, 2006

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October 5, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for White Nights

Yes this seems a contrived vehicle for Baryshnikov, but has so many wonderful actors/actresses that it doesn't matter. Worth seeing just for the soundtrack and the incredible dancing. I loved the opening skit! When the actual ending came, I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I'd be.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

So this wasn't the dancing buddy cop movie I was expecting, Oh well. I like tap dancing. I like Gregory Hines. I like Baryshnikov. I don't like Baryshnikov tap dancing. I don't like Ballet. The story was ehh. 2009 Movies: 100

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner

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

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