Gorky Park
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In the dead of a Moscow winter, three bodies are found in Gorky Park. Police Inspector Renko (William Hurt) is unable to identify the corpses, since even their fingerprints have removed. For reasons unknown to him, Renko's investigation is somehow being stymied by his higher-ups. Ferreting out information on his own, Renko makes the acquaintance of Soviet dissident Irina (Joanna Pacula), a friend of one of the victims, and Lee Marvin as Armand Hammer-style American businessman. As in Martin Cruz Smith's novel, the identity of the killer is not as well hidden as the reasons behind the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"William Hurt is superb as a Moscow militia detective caught between his desires to be simply a good cop and the unfathomable motives of the secret Soviet government, all complicated by an unexpected love for Joanna Pacula."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It remains a taut, clever thriller throughout, with Mr. Apted's direction establishing its intensity immediately and sustaining it well."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An uneven but fascinating murder mystery."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is pretty gripping, if somewhat formulaic, stuff."
‑ , Film4
"Neither Dennis Potter's screenplay nor the heavyweight cast can raise this adaptation of Martin Cruz Smith's best-selling spy novel above the ordinary."
‑ , Time Out
"Some action-movie slam-bang would have been more satisfying, if ultimately no more coherent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Hopelessly dated and morose -- and much is lost from the bestselling novel."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"By the end of Gorky Park, we realize that it's not the solution that matters, but what the case itself forced the people to discover about themselves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Gorky Park is well done and unique amid the films of its day. While certainly made with the Cold War as its backdrop, the film never resorts to the Cold War clichés of the time."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
"A crackling good novel is still born on the screen."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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