White Nights (1985)


white nights“Modern man is so confused, Raymond. Finally, it’s much better to work in the theater… than in a mine. ” – Colonel Chaiko

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A Russian defector is recaptured by the Soviets after the plane he is on crash lands in Russia. He must work together with a Vietnam War veteran living there to escape back to freedom.

My Take on it – This movie was probably much better when it came out during the height of the cold war.

The story now feels a bit silly, but that’s mostly because this feels so definitely dated.

Stars Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov are both great dancers but only average actors and it shows.

The only worthwile part of this movie is its unbelievable soundtrack that led to two Oscar nominations for Best Song with Lionel Richie and Phil Collins singing them. Richie’s song Say You, Say Me won the Oscar.

Here are clips of both songs:

Say You, Say Me and Separate Lives

Bottom Line – 80’s cold war drama that feels extremely dated. Only worthwhile aspect of the film is its amazing soundtrack which includes an Oscar Winning song.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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