White Nights

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Released 1985

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Director:
Taylor Hackford
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG-13
White Nights is a film directed by Taylor Hackford starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. The movie centers around a Russian dancer named Nikolai (Mikhail) who left his country for America where he could pursue his dreams as a dancer. As he flies over the continent of Russia one day during his travels, the plane announces that it must make an immediate landing due to technical difficulties. Their landing is rough, and the KGB forces everyone to remain in the city for sometime before they can return to their home countries. What Nikolai doesn't know, is that the KGB is determined to keep Nikolai in the country. They enlist an American man named Raymond (Gregory Hines) to house Nikolai in his apartment, hoping that he will convince him to stay. Nikolai sees through Raymond's motives, and sets his heart on fleeing the country. Will the American government rescue Nikolai, or will he have to make it out on his own?

Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    White Nights is only tolerable when Mr. Baryshnikov is on screen, especially when he is dancing alone or with Mr. Hines, with whom he does a couple of ballet-tap numbers that are o...

  • 20

    Variety

    Pic shies away from the world of classical dance, personified by leading man Mikhail Baryshnikov, in favor of Gregory Hines' 'improvography' and assorted modern stuff in blatant mu...

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