White Nights

TitleWhite Nights
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsHackford, Taylor
Running Time2h 16minutes
Date Released11/08/1985
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, Russian

This musical drama film about the Cold War in the late 1980s brings together Russian ballerino Mikhail Baryshnikov and African-American dancer Gregory Hines. 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.

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