White Nights

Synopsis: An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Taylor Hackford
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min



Oh, sh*t.

Just tell me about

this French actress.

Is it serious or just another

one of his flings?

Did you talk to Dr. Harris yet?

I don't need to see him, I'm fine.

Yes? Who is it?

Listen, Anne.

Tell me when he's going to England?


Yes? No. No.

My name is Charles Serfiss. I wonder if

we could see Nikolai? This is my fiance.

My father is Lord Strathhammer,

and he's giving a party this evening.

We're leaving early in the

morning for Japan. I'm so sorry.

Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

This is the captain.

On our left, you have a clear view of

the Arctic coast of the Soviet Union.

We're experiencing

the famous Soviet white nights.

I suppose you could say in summertime, the sun

never sets on this part of the Soviet Union.

So if you care to sleep,

please pull down your window shade.

Every time I leave New York,

doesn't matter how many years go by,

I just get edgy.

Tokyo's absolutely our last date.

I'm glad we cancelled Sydney.

Just couldn't face it.

Sounds like a gypsy song

that's hiding. Right? Thank you.

What are you doing?

Giving notes to my conductor.

See, I'm putting music into the

one channel and my notes to another.

What's that?

I don't know. I'm sure it's nothing.

I'll go and see.

Oh, my God! What is it?

Some kind of electrical short circuit.

No oxygen!

The pressure's dropping on number 3.

Could that be a leak?

Is the fire spreading anywhere else?

There's no way of knowing.

Lan, have you found us

a diversion airfield?

There's a military airfield

75 miles from here.

Hydraulic pressure's dropping fast!

Prepare the passengers

for a rapid descent.


Raise the blinds.

Excuse me, wake up.

Got to get ready, sir.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your

attention, please. This is the captain speaking.

We have developed electrical problems

and will have to land immediately.

There is a Soviet military airfield

about 75 miles from here.

Where are we? Are we landing?

Where are you going?

What do you mean?

We're landing in Russia!

Get back here!

You must sit down!

Let me go!

We're gonna crash!

Please, sit down.

Please! Please!

Please, tell us...

Strap yourself in.

What's the safety height?

3000 feet.

Okay, we'll level at four.

Keep your heads down. Keep down!

We're in a rapid descent!

They won't allow us to land

on a military base.

Oh, for God's sake! We're

coming down to 6000 feet.

If those flames find the hydraulic

fluid, we've got a real problem.

We won't make it

to any kind of airfield.

We're leveling out. Into emergency

landing drill. Please stay in your seats!

We're going to give you

emergency procedures!

You will follow the lights.

Will the person who spoke English

please come back on?

This is an emergency!

We have a fire!

How long did you say

this runway is?

It's too short.

Decision plus 100.

We have a fire onboard.




Secure yourself! Hold on!

Come on.

Stay down!


Don't move! Stay down!

Watch out!


Come on, come on.

Come on.

We're gonna hit them!

We're gonna hit them!

You're not wrong. Hold tight!

Brace yourselves!



It could have been

a terrible tragedy.

Four people were killed?

Yes, there are 20 passengers

here in the clinic.

Thirteen Japanese,

six British nationals,

and one with no passport.

No identification of any kind.

All we found was this.

I have him isolated.

My, my.

This woman was with him.

I want you to phone Moscow



nice work.

I serve the Soviet Union.

Hello. You're very lucky

to be alive.

Amazing anyone lived.

Forgive me,

you don't speak English?

I am French.

Excuse me.

Could I please speak

to the French ambassador?

We haven't found your passport.

Can the French

ambassador help us?

Yes. Of course.

Wouldn't it be simpler

to call American Embassy?

Or have you recently defected

from America to France?

I've seen you dance, Rodchenko.

Welcome home, Nikolai.

Can I have a cigarette?

Of course.

Please feel at home.

I refuse to speak

anything but English.

Please inform American Embassy

that I am here.

I am an American citizen.

What you call yourself

is no concern to us.

Here you're just a criminal.

The world will demand

that you hand me over.

The world.

What an ego. The world is overjoyed

that we allowed the plane to land.

We saved hundreds of lives.

Only four people died.

Who? What were their names?

Don't worry, don't worry.

Your promoter was not hurt.

I sent her home

along with the others.

I'll explain your condition to her.

My condition? What condition?

I demand that you let me out of here!

You demand, Rodchenko?

I always admired you as a dancer.

Our great dancer.

But what a pathetic man.

In a few hours,

you'll be flown to Moscow.

Seven passengers who can be released

from the clinic will go with you.

What about the others?

Now look,

there are 13 other passengers...

I want to know

the condition of my friend.

The name of your friend? Please.

Nikolai Rodchenko.

Yes, I'm his manager.

I'm sorry to tell you that your friend

was seriously injured.

Yes, I know.

They're not sure he'll recover.

I'm so sorry.

Well, I must see him.

He's very ill. They're having

a specialist brought in from Moscow.

I won't leave without seeing him.

That you take up with your embassy.

Oh, I will. You can't let...

You can't leave.

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James Goldman

James Goldman (June 30, 1927 – October 28, 1998) was an American screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman. more…

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