Gorky Park (1983)

MICHAEL APTED

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1983Eagle Associates, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1983.

Unmotivating thriller tries to arouse interest in its audience by promising a look at the politics behind the Iron Curtain but is really just a routine police drama. William Hurt is almost non-existent as an investigator for the Moscow police who is trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a triple homicide in the city’s Gorky Park.  Every time he tries to find out more about the murders, he keeps coming up against staunch bureaucracy that warns him to leave well enough alone or else risk personal harm to himself. This gets him interested in finding out the high-level implications of the crime and spurs him on even further. The mystery plot offers very little distraction, Hurt is dull and the romance with  is about as excitable as a wet match. A much better film about a Soviet murder case is the television film Citizen X.

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