- White Nights (film)
name = White Nights
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
imdb_id = 0090319
William P. Gilmore Taylor Hackford
James Goldman(story) James Goldman& Eric Hughes(screenplay)
Mikhail Baryshnikov Gregory Hines Jerzy Skolimowski Helen Mirren Geraldine Page Isabella Rossellini John Glover William Hootkins
Frederic Steinkamp William Steinkamp| distributor = Columbia Pictures
November 22, 1985(USA)
runtime = 136 min.
language = English
budget = Unknown
gross = $13,046,465 (USA)
"White Nights" is a 1985 film starring
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirrenand Isabella Rossellini. Directed by Taylor Hackford, it was shot in Finland.
The film is notable both for the dancing of Hines and Baryshnikov and for the Academy Award winning song "
Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie, as well as " Separate Lives" performed by Phil Collinsand Marilyn Martinand written by Stephen Bishop.
Taylor Hackford met his future wife, Oscar Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, during the filming of "White Nights." As a young woman, Mirren had vowed never to marry, but after 12 years together she and Hackford tied the knot on December 31, 1997 at Ardersier Parish Church near
Inverness, Scotland. [http://www.aarpmagazine.org/entertainment/helen_mirren.html]
Hines plays an American tap dancer, Raymond Greenwood, who has defected to the
Soviet Union. He encounters and befriends Nikolai 'Kolya' Rodchenko, a Soviet balletdancer played by Baryshnikov, who had previously defected in the other direction. Isabella Rossellini plays Darya, Greenwood’s wife, and Helen Mirrenplays Galina Ivanova, a former ballerina who never left the Soviet Union and is an old flame of Rodchenko.
Greenwood and Rodchenko perform a cinematic "pas de deux" after a plane carrying the latter makes a forced landing in
Siberiaand he is recognized. Both dancers are brought to Leningrad where the Soviets seek to exploit Rodchenko’s talent. After an initial period of racial and artistic friction, the two dancers (and defectors in opposite directions) become strong friends and Greenwood helps arrange an escape. Rodchenko's second defection, at the end of the film, presages the later fall of the Soviet Union in similar vein to " Rocky IV".
White Nights (soundtrack)
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