White Nights Poster

Release Date: 1985

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

PG-13|2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary
When his plane makes an emergency landing in Siberia, ballet dancer Nikolai Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is recognized as a defector and brought into custody. Returned to Leningrad and reunited with his former love, aging prima ballerina Galina Ivanova (Helen Mirren), Nikolai meets American dancer Raymond Greenwood (Gregory Hines), who defected to the Soviet Union during the Vietnam War but has secretly grown disenchanted. Together, they plot an escape to the American consulate and freedom.

Cast: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Isabella Rossellini, Jerzy Skolimowski, Dame Helen Mirren, Geraldine Page, John Glover, Shane Rimmer

Director: Taylor Hackford

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions Pictures, Delphi IV Productions

Keywords: Quest, 1980s, Emotional, Wife, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The major problem with White Nights is that it tries to be so many things at once that it fails to be much of anything other than a vehicle to watch two of the best dancers around strut and tap their stuff. show more

  • It comes to life in the dance sequences, and then drifts away again. show more

  • The movie does command our attention because Hines and Baryshnikov, through their dancing, manage to create very real and living and hurting characters. [22 Nov 1985]

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