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Gorky Park (1983)

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Martin Cruz Smith (based upon the novel by), Dennis Potter (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Arkady Renko
Lee Marvin ... Jack Osborne
Brian Dennehy ... William Kirwill
Ian Bannen ... Iamskoy
Joanna Pacula ... Irina
Michael Elphick ... Pasha
Richard Griffiths ... Anton
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ... Pribluda
Alexander Knox ... General
Alexei Sayle ... Golodkin
Ian McDiarmid ... Professor Andreev
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... KGB Agent Rurik
Henry Woolf ... Levin
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Natasha
Patrick Field Patrick Field ... Fet
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Storyline

An investigator on the Moscow police force relentlessly pursues the solution to a triple homicide which occurred in Moscow's Gorky Park. He finds that no one really wants him to solve the crime because it is just the tip of a complex conspiracy which involves the highest levels of the Moscow city government. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Murder in Moscow. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorky Park See more »

Filming Locations:

Seursaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,290,754, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:

$15,856,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,856,028
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut major theatrical feature film as an actor of actor and comedian Alexei Sayle who portrayed the character of Golodkin. See more »

Goofs

Renko's very obvious black eye almost completely disappears in a matter of several minutes. See more »

Quotes

Arkady Renko: [pulls the reconstructed head out of the box: shows it to a frightened Irina] Here is Valerya.
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Connections

Featured in Gorky Park: Director Michael Apted Interview (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet Op. 18
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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One man versus the system
9 February 2000 | by hgallonSee all my reviews

This is a fairly common story, that of an honest man fighting alone against a corrupt system. The setting is unusual, and the plot has some entertaining twists.

William Hurt plays Senior Investigator Renko, of the Moscow Militia (i.e. police). He is assigned to a high-profile murder case, and finds himself alternately prodded on, hindered or even threatened by his own superiors, by the KGB and by his obvious suspect. All these people are acting so self-confidently compared to Renko's plodding, that the sense of loneliness, or even of paranoia is very apparent.

Much of the action is contrived and unconvincing, both in its development and denouement, although the film does build to a good climax. On the other hand, all the characterisations of ordinary russians, who must have been strange creatures to film directors and audiences alike at the time, is very good.

The directors discarded one of the original novel's best tricks, that of sending Renko to New York (to recover valuable state property), and confronting him with the law enforcement system which gave rise to "Kojak" and the "Hill Street Blues".

Overall this is quite a good film, and fairly close to the novel. There are some sequels written which deserve to appear on the screen.


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