Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1983. Eagle Associates, Major Studio Partners. Screenplay by Dennis Potter, based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith. Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode. Produced by Gene Kirkwood. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Paul Sylbert. Costume Design by Richard Bruno. Film Editing by Dennis Virkler. 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 Joanna Pacula is about as excitable as a wet match. A much better film about a Soviet murder case is the television film Citizen X.