- Arkady Renko (William Hurt) to Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin)
"It doesn't matter how ridiculous the lie is if the lie means an escape."-Irina (Joanna Pacula) to Arkady
"Lies are not freedom."
- Arkady to Irina
New York Times - 12/16/1983
"...A taut, clever thriller throughout..."
Variety - 12/14/1983
"...William Hurt is superb..."
When three faceless corpses are discovered in Moscow's Gorky Park, the Moscow militia's top investigator, Arkady Renko (William Hurt), is assigned to the case. An honest Soviet official, Renko uncovers a murky and dangerous plot involving sinister KGB agents, the corrupt Soviet government, and a powerful American businessman. Although many of the Russians in the film speak with an English accent (all the dialogue is in English), GORKY PARK proves to be a provocative, fast-paced thriller that captures all of the intrigue and suspense in Martin Cruz Smith's best-selling novel of the same name. Director Michael Apted handled the thriller genre before in SQUEEZE and AGATHA, and the experience shows in GORKY PARK; there are so many twists and turns in the plot, viewers are constantly kept off balance. A supporting cast of Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, and Joanna Pacula (in her first starring role) back up Hurt with solid performances.
After three mutilated bodies are discovered in the snow in Moscow's Gorky Park, the chief investigator of the Moscow militia is assigned to the case. This provocative, fast-paced thriller was based on the #1 best-seller by Martin Cruz Smith.
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: December 16, 1983.
Shot on location in Helsinki, Finland.
Martin Cruz Smith came up with the idea for GORKY PARK in 1972 after reading about a book called THE FACE FINDER by Mikhail Gerasimov, about scientists' efforts to reconstruct faces from unidentifiable remains. Gerasimov reconstructed the face of Tamerlane, as depicted in Michael Apted's film.
The film features one of Lee Marvin's final screen appearances.
The screenplay was written by the late, great Dennis Potter of THE SINGING DETECTIVE fame.