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Gorky Park [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen, Joanna Pacula
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00MBVLDRU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Murder, seduction and intrigue in the Kremlin! Based on the best-selling novel by Martin Cruz Smith, Gorky Park is a gripping and brilliant classic thriller starring William Hurt (Body Heat), Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen), Brian Dennehy (Best Seller) and Joanna Pacula (The Kiss). When three murder victims are discovered in Moscow's Gorky Park with their faces and fingertips removed, Detective Renko (Hurt) is determined to identify the bodies and find the killer, but when the clues point toward the involvement of the KGB, Renko is hunted by the secret police and confronted by an intricate web of deception and treachery reaching to the highest political levels. Directed by Michael Apted (The World is Not Enough) with a great supporting cast that includes Ian Bannen (The Offence) and Richard Griffiths (Withnail & I).

Customer Reviews

Keeping them confused just isn't the same thing.
C. Rothlind
It's a flawed attempt, but otherwise excellent film.
Rottenberg's rotten book review
Suspense, plot, action; all there, all well done.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Vlad on September 24, 2002
Format: DVD
A murder mistery . In the middle of Moscow . 3 people are killed . One of them is American . Life smart Russian detective trying to figure it out ... and catch another American ( in Moscow ). But later he found out , that this one - is a COP from New York , looking for killers of his brother . You get everything in here : exellent actors , a plot , a culmination , love story , KGB , Russian militsia , Moscow views , a good guys and the bad ones too . What else do you need ? A good director ? They got that !
Highly recomended .
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kellyke" on April 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I've read the book and although it, of course, was much better, I enjoyed the movie. I regret that the movie leaves out a large section at the end of the book that I particularly liked. Additionally, the movie misrepresents my favorite character, namely KGB Major Pribluda. On the flip side, William Hurt is very good as Arkady. Lee Marvin well portrays the slimy sable-selling American Jack Osbourne, and Brian Dennerhy does well as a rogue New York City cop who doesn't give a damn about getting killed or killing people, as long as he can avenge his brother. I really enjoyed this film. Oh- the DVD especially is good, because in the movie it is difficult to make out what is happening in some of the darker scenes.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on July 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Gorky Park" is based on the novel of the same name by Martin Cruz Smith. It's a flawed attempt, but otherwise excellent film. William Hurt plays the hero, Arkady "Arkasha" Renko, a righteous detective with the Moscow Militia, the Soviet capitol's local police force. His latest case involves three mutilated corpses discovered under a blanket of fresh snow in the woods of Gorky Park. Renko is barely on the scene when he's joined by KGB Col. Pribluda. "That could be you one day", the smiling killer tells Renko. With little doubt that the case "reeks of KGB" involvement, Renko at first seeks a way to dump the case, thinking it a trap laid against him by the KGB as revenge for Renko's earlier attempts to implicate the grinning KGB colonel in a multiple homicide. A dogged persistance won't let him drop the case, and he pursues leads that have nothing to do with the KGB - including a one-time student dissident (Joanna Pacula) whose name is scratched into the skates worn by one of the corpses, and Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin), a wealthy American tycoon with an interest in genuine Russian Sables. Soon, however, Renko finds himself the prey, when a mysterious American, who turns out to be a NYPD Detective (Brian Dennehy), arrives on the scene, convinced that his younger brother may be one of the victims and Renko one of his executioners. Unclear who he has to fear, especially when his men and his witnesses begin dying, and unsure who to trust, Renko goes practically underground, the American Detective his only real ally.
Flawed by a script that ambitiously tries to comprise all of Smith's multi-layered plot, "Park" makes a great go of it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2004
Format: DVD
It's winter and three corpses are found in Moscow's Gorky Park. They've had their faces and finger tips carved off. Arkady Renko, an honest, slightly obsessive Russian cop, is assigned to the case. He sets out to identify the bodies by reconstructing their faces, and as he gets closer he finds obstructions in his path. He finds a girl (Joanna Pacula) who was friends of the trio, a wealthy and ruthless American (Lee Marvin), an American cop (Brian Dennehy) out for blood, and more than he probably wants to know about sable coats and the animals they're made from. It becomes clear that corrupt higher-ups are involved in something with greater stakes than solving a triple murder. Hurt and Marvin do great jobs and are well matched.

This is a tight, very well constructed police procedural that is a little exotic, with the cops and functionaries being Russians. It's also a bit gloomy with a bittersweet ending, but it still works as a very watchable film. A lot of the outdoor shots were filmed in Helsinki, and the movie takes place in the winter. The atmosphere looks cold and oppressive. The contrast is striking with the scenes set in a pre-revolutionary bath and an expensive restaurant, both reserved for the use of privileged Soviet officials.

The book, by Martin Cruz Smith, is even better. Apted also directed Enigma, and I like both movies a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
Format: DVD
The movie "Gorky Park," released in 1983, was based on Martin Cruz Smith's phenomenally successful novel of the same name. It was made well before "glasnost," the Russian willingness to open up; therefore, although set in Russia, it was actually filmed in Finland. Never mind: Finland looks every bit as cold and snowy to most of us. "Gorky Park" was written by the highly-acclaimed British screenwriter Dennis Potter("Singing Detective," "Pennies from Heaven"), and its director, well-thought-of Briton Michael Apted (the "Seven-Up" series). The film stars the Americans William Hurt, Brian Dennehy, and Lee Marvin; the usual suspects among able British supporting players (including Richard Griffiths, who just recently, suddenly, achieved stardom in late middle age with "The History Boys," play and movie). It introduces the former model Joanne Pacula.

Cruz Smith's novel, a police procedural, was quite an achievement: in those days before glasnost, and before the Internet, he had to research it in various hard-copy libraries without ever going to the U.S.S.R.; yet it read as if he knew the country, its police procedures, and its internal politics well. (Nor has he ever written anything else, before or since, that sold as strongly.)

The plot concerns three bodies found in the snow, in central Moscow's Gorky Park, near the skating rink. The faces and fingertips of the bodies have been skinned, making them difficult to identify. The case falls to Moscow police detective Arkady Renko, who'd rather not have it: its got fingerprints of the KGB, reputedly brutal Russian secret service, all over it. And though he is lauded as the most successful of Moscow detectives, his independent ways, particularly in regard to the skirt-the-law murderous KGB, have gotten him into trouble before.
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