White Nights

White NightsBBB

(out of 5)

Soviet defector and ballet superstar  is flying over Siberia with his manager (the glorious ) when their airplane has to make a crash landing and he finds himself trapped in the country he once betrayed. There he meets tap dancer , an American defector who is married to a beautiful young Russian woman () and is assigned to convince Baryshnikov to become the jewel of the Soviet Union once again. The reverse happens, with Baryshnikov convincing the couple to do their best to escape to freedom with him, aided by his old girlfriend (the gorgeous , whose husband Taylor Hackford directs) and some dumb luck amid the “white nights” (permanent sunlight) of the season. While the screenplay is dreadfully cliched, the opportunities that the two leads are given to dance, and there are plenty, are superb and make it worth watching for that reason alone. Rossellini is adorable in her film debut.

Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions, Delphi IV Productions

USA, 1985

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by James Goldman,

Cinematography by

Produced by , Taylor Hackford

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Music (Original Song) (“Say You, Say Me”, music and lyric by Lionel Richie)

Best Music (Original Song) (“Separate Loves (Love Theme from White Nights)” music and lyric by Stephen Bishop)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Michel Colombier)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Say You, Say Me”, music and lyrics by Lionel Richie)



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