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Gorky Park

4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Language: Italian, French, English, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, Greek, English, Dutch, Spanish, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GZTQ2E
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Quando, in una gelida mattina moscovita, il giovane ispettore della polizia criminale Arkadi Renko viene chiamato nel Parco Gorky, si trova davanti a tre corpi semisepolti nella neve: due uomini ed una donna, dai volti volutamente sfigurati e, addirittura, con i polpastrelli abrasi. Ma sul posto c'è già un alto funzionario del K.G.B. (e fra lui e Renko vi è una vecchia ruggine). Perché il K.G.B.? Il poliziotto, intelligente quanto paziente, comincia il suo difficile lavoro. Unici indizi: un paio di pattini ai piedi della donna e il fatto (vedi dentatura) che uno degli uomini è americano. Il Capo dell'Accusa Jamskoy, da cui Renko dipende, invita quest'ultimo ad approfondire le indagini, Renko riesce ad individuare in Irina, una siberiana ex-dissidente, la proprietaria dei pattini, ma la ragazza si rifiuta di credere che i suoi amici siano stati soppressi. Essa sa che essi dovevano essere inviati negli Stati Uniti e trovare là la libertà loro promessa. A Mosca circola intanto con estrema disinvoltura e grandi aperture "in alto loco" un commerciante di pellicce americano: Jack Osborne. Costui, un autentico faccendiere senza scrupoli, ha ora puntato tutto su di una idea redditizia: dato che la Unione Sovietica detiene di fatto il monopolio mondiale degli zibellini, occorre farne sortire alcune coppie di vivi, onde curarne la riproduzione oltre Atlantico. Per far questo, Osborne ha corrotto altissimi rappresentanti sia della Polizia criminale, sia dello stesso K.G.B. e ne è, in definitiva, protetto. Il solerte Renko (sempre più tallonato, peraltro, dal Servizio Segreto), non è lontano ormai dal fiutare qualcosa che sa poco di politica, assolutamente nulla di missili, ma molto più di intrallazzi e bustarelle, ma, a...

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Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery novel seemed ideal material for a movie version, but in Gorky Park director Michael Apted and the usually reliable writer Dennis Potter couldn't quite solve the problem of taking the story from page to screen. William Hurt plays Renko, a Cold War-era Moscow police detective who must cope with both crooks and Communist party protocol as he tries to solve a murder case in the middle of one of Moscow's public parks that leaves three faceless corpses. The strands of the mystery involve corruption, American money and the fur trade and, ultimately, take Renko to New York. But the tension is never all there, despite a deliciously menacing performance by Lee Marvin as the bad guy and Brian Dennehy as an American cop who becomes Renko's ally. --Marshall Fine -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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perfect!
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A fairly faithful adaptation. Builds at a relaxed pace to the climax and sets the scene firmly in the USSR with its freezing winter, corrupt hierarchy and "keep looking over your shoulder" mentality. The whole thing is (for me) stolen by a brilliantly under-stated performance from Lee Marvin; it's just my opinion, but I found William Hurt's contribution to be a bit wooden hence four stars instead of five.
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As someone who likes spy novels, I found this a bit tame, but it was good in its day.
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Excellent insight into the corruption and decadence of pre-glasnost USSR.
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Enjoyed watching this again after seeing when it was first released.
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You might find this film "plodding" if you want lots of screeching tyres, blazing guns and car crashes in Police films. Gorky Park has none of these yet is a riveting thriller following an under-resourced Russian policeman (Renko, portrayed excellently by Hurt) investigating three baffling murders in a Moscow park. Lee Marvin gives a chilling performance as the ruthless and manipulative villain. The supporting actors contribute splendidly to the atmosphere without the resorting to corny Russian accents. Rikki Fulton puts off his comedy hat and is surprisingly convincing as the self-serving KGB officer. Alexi Sayle too turns from comedy and oozes slime as the black marketeer. Michael Elphick is the ideal subordinate to Renko and his ruthless assassination is all the more shocking for its suddenness and lack of gore. The slight underplaying of the roles and scenes enhances the authentic atmosphere of the film. A great film.
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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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By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 28 May 2007
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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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