Gorky Park Reviews

  • Aug 19, 2020

    Story/Screenplay: (3.5/5) Nice suspense drama with an interesting set of characters and an interesting setting: pre-1990 USSR. The story follows Russian investigators that are trying to solve a triple murder, while simultaneously having to deal with interference from the KGB. This put a pleasant twist on the story. Duration/Tempo: (3/5) At 2 hours and 8 minutes, it's a very long movie that felt long. Perhaps this film could have been tightened up a bit to shorten the film. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) William Hurt and Joanna Pacula were excellent, with Brian Dennehy turning in a strong performance as well. Lee Marvin was a nice addition to the cast. Overall, the cast was solid, but the film suffered from an array of English accents from actors playing Russian characters. Then you throw two Americans into the mix, and everyone sounds the same. Reconciling accents was attempted in the film, "The Hunt For Red October", but October did it much better than this film. Summary: (3.5/5) The film felt a bit long, but the cast and story were good. Overall, a thumbs up.

    Story/Screenplay: (3.5/5) Nice suspense drama with an interesting set of characters and an interesting setting: pre-1990 USSR. The story follows Russian investigators that are trying to solve a triple murder, while simultaneously having to deal with interference from the KGB. This put a pleasant twist on the story. Duration/Tempo: (3/5) At 2 hours and 8 minutes, it's a very long movie that felt long. Perhaps this film could have been tightened up a bit to shorten the film. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) William Hurt and Joanna Pacula were excellent, with Brian Dennehy turning in a strong performance as well. Lee Marvin was a nice addition to the cast. Overall, the cast was solid, but the film suffered from an array of English accents from actors playing Russian characters. Then you throw two Americans into the mix, and everyone sounds the same. Reconciling accents was attempted in the film, "The Hunt For Red October", but October did it much better than this film. Summary: (3.5/5) The film felt a bit long, but the cast and story were good. Overall, a thumbs up.

  • Jul 14, 2020

    Forgettable, and slow drama with a decent premise.

    Forgettable, and slow drama with a decent premise.

  • Apr 27, 2020

    What makes GORKY PARK work isn't the complexity of the mystery, "whodunnit" is pretty clear early, it's watching William Hurt's detective unravel the mystery within the confines of the Soviet system. He's a detective, operating within an interesting environment, that I would have loved to see in more features. His method of patiently following the clues and setting the trap for the perpetrator is compelling. The film is well shot and you almost believe that it was shot in the Soviet Union instead of Finland and Sweden. If it weren't for the accents and a bit of a jump in the final reveal, it would be a five star mystery. As it is, it's a solid film that deserves viewing and might benefit from being remade.

    What makes GORKY PARK work isn't the complexity of the mystery, "whodunnit" is pretty clear early, it's watching William Hurt's detective unravel the mystery within the confines of the Soviet system. He's a detective, operating within an interesting environment, that I would have loved to see in more features. His method of patiently following the clues and setting the trap for the perpetrator is compelling. The film is well shot and you almost believe that it was shot in the Soviet Union instead of Finland and Sweden. If it weren't for the accents and a bit of a jump in the final reveal, it would be a five star mystery. As it is, it's a solid film that deserves viewing and might benefit from being remade.

  • Apr 17, 2020

    Decent acting and story, though a bit plodding at times. Totally don't get the "Armand Hammer" reference in the blurb, the character is not reminiscent of Hammer at all (unless you think any rich American doing business in Russia must be just like him). Not a bad movie, just not all that great.

    Decent acting and story, though a bit plodding at times. Totally don't get the "Armand Hammer" reference in the blurb, the character is not reminiscent of Hammer at all (unless you think any rich American doing business in Russia must be just like him). Not a bad movie, just not all that great.

  • Apr 16, 2020

    While I was initially optimistic that this movie would deliver a faithful rendition of the novel, I was quickly put off by the wildly inappropriate musical score. The artificially intense score could have been composed by a chimpanzee with better results. Also distracting, but typical for movie culture of the period, was the lack of even a vague attempt for most of the lead actors to approximate a Russian accent. Not worth the bother to watch the whole movie.

    While I was initially optimistic that this movie would deliver a faithful rendition of the novel, I was quickly put off by the wildly inappropriate musical score. The artificially intense score could have been composed by a chimpanzee with better results. Also distracting, but typical for movie culture of the period, was the lack of even a vague attempt for most of the lead actors to approximate a Russian accent. Not worth the bother to watch the whole movie.

  • Jan 08, 2020

    Decent procedural. Loved the shooting locations.

    Decent procedural. Loved the shooting locations.

  • Dec 20, 2019

    An okay movie, slightly entertaining, that Lee Marvin saved from dullsville. hollywood hasn't had/produced an actor as good as Marvin in decades. Marvin plays an evil rich American (hollywood spewed its divisive class warfare propaganda even back then!) trying to get richer by smuggling sables out of the Soviet Union for profit and to break their monopoly. In order to cover his tracks Marvin murders everyone involved, some in grotesque manner.. Some drama evolves as the different government law enforcement agencies have 'turf wars', not unlike the USA and other countries...

    An okay movie, slightly entertaining, that Lee Marvin saved from dullsville. hollywood hasn't had/produced an actor as good as Marvin in decades. Marvin plays an evil rich American (hollywood spewed its divisive class warfare propaganda even back then!) trying to get richer by smuggling sables out of the Soviet Union for profit and to break their monopoly. In order to cover his tracks Marvin murders everyone involved, some in grotesque manner.. Some drama evolves as the different government law enforcement agencies have 'turf wars', not unlike the USA and other countries...

  • Dec 19, 2019

    A decent murder mystery thriller. However, the setting in Russia and the interactions between the KGB and the State Militia, increase the entertainment value. Acting across the board is good with a quality cast, but the movie ran a little long. The love story is a bit contrived and unrealistic.

    A decent murder mystery thriller. However, the setting in Russia and the interactions between the KGB and the State Militia, increase the entertainment value. Acting across the board is good with a quality cast, but the movie ran a little long. The love story is a bit contrived and unrealistic.

  • Sep 03, 2019

    Decent 80s crime drama, you may recognize the soundtrack music from lots of other 80s movies. William Hurt's acting is quite good at times, except that he cycles through about six different variants of a British accent, all of them poorly executed. Emperor Palpatine has a part in this!

    Decent 80s crime drama, you may recognize the soundtrack music from lots of other 80s movies. William Hurt's acting is quite good at times, except that he cycles through about six different variants of a British accent, all of them poorly executed. Emperor Palpatine has a part in this!

  • Aug 03, 2018

    Haven't watched this in a few years. It's really a great movies with fascinating characters.

    Haven't watched this in a few years. It's really a great movies with fascinating characters.