Gorky Park
Gorky Park (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 16, 1983
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It remains a taut, clever thriller throughout, with Mr. Apted's direction establishing its intensity immediately and sustaining it well.

TV Guide

An uneven but fascinating murder mystery.

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Time Out

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Some action-movie slam-bang would have been more satisfying, if ultimately no more coherent.

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Christopher Null

Hopelessly dated and morose -- and much is lost from the bestselling novel.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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J.C. Maçek III

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A crackling good novel is still born on the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
I was completely intrigued by the synopsis of this one, but fairly disappointed with the film. Many boring bits throughout, but one you want to stick with to… More
Marcus Woolcott
Very average. It works but there's nothing to get excited about.
Cassandra Maples
When three mutilated bodies are found in Moscow's Gorky Park, Chief Militia Renko suspects KGB involvement and wants to drop the case. Encouraged to… More
Ross Collins
Very typical 80s British slow-burn crime thriller, with the Moscow setting and Russian characters just a gimmick. It was filmed in Helsinki, and the protagonist… More