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Gorky Park (OST) [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000025HW7
  • Other Editions: VHS Tape  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title
2. Following Kirwill
3. Irina's Theme
4. Following KGB
5. Chase Through The Park
6. Arkady And Irina
7. Faceless Bodies
8. Irina's Chase
9. The Sable Shed
10. Airport Farwell
11. Releasing The Sables/End Titles

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, bittersweet, effective 15 Mar 2008
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric 28 May 2007
By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
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I loved this film. As previous reviews have said, it plods, but I feel it helps to create atmosphere. William Hurt is outstanding as Renko, a new type of hero, whose hands are tied by protocol and who is constantly at risk of stepping on the toes of the KGB. The film led me first to the audio book, which was excellent, and then to the novel itself. I have become a fan of Renko.

Reminding me of "The Odessa File", another favourite of mine, I have watched this film many times and am neither bored or disappointed.

Worthy of two hours duration, one and half would be too rushed.

Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 15 July 2014
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Took nearly a month to arrive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By zootman
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very good marvin as good as ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film 3 Jan 2014
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An oldy but a goody! Although nothing to do with the film, I now can't get the Scorpions song out of my head....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorky Park 30 Dec 2013
By DaisyC
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Purchased for a relative who had recorded a version but unfortunately the recording was deleted. Thus a hasty purchase but enjoyed the viewing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic thriller 29 Dec 2013
By Bickle
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Very rare that a film captures the essence of the book it is based on. This film does. It also has a great ensemble cast (Richard Griffiths (cameo role), Ian Bannen, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Michael Elphick, John Hurt and even Alexei Sayle hamming it up as a used car salesman). There is clever interplay between the rivalries of the respective Russian agencies (Rikki Fuller providing the poisonous KGB foil to Hurt's honest militia detective) and the action around the main plot continues to expand. Everyone is looking for their piece of the puzzle and gradually the sides align themselves in unexpected ways. The musical score is also excellent. Martin Cruz Smith has gone onto write several more Renko thrillers, but this is a great film of 'Gorky Park'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Film 13 Dec 2013
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Film arrived quickly and it had a really good story, saw it years ago but could not remember the story or ending.
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