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| | 2 hr 8 min | Crime, Drama, Suspense

Gorky Park is the 1993 suspense film that is based on the novel by Michael Cruz Smith and directed by Michael Apted. Arkady Renko (William Hurt) is a military police officer investigating the brutal murders of three people found buried beneath the ice in Gorky Park. The victims were shot, fingerprints removed, and facially mutilated. Due to the difficulty in identifying the victims, Renko asks reconstruction expert Dr. Andreed (Ian McDiarmid) for assistance.

While investigating the crime, Renko meets three people who may have knowledge of the crime: William Kirwill (Brian Dennehy), A New York cop looking for his missing brother; Sable collector Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin), and his Russian girlfriend Irina Asinova (Joanna Pacula). Renko and Irina become lovers after he rescues her from a KGB agent. In the meantime, Andreed finishes the reconstruction, which reveals one of the victims is Kirwill's brother James and the other two are acquaintances of Irina. She reveals that she has some knowledge of her dead friends being involved in a plot to smuggle sables along with Osborne. She refuses to believe that Osborne had anything to do with the murders.

The three people murdered by Osborne were building sable cages for his multimillion dollar fur deal. They were promised a ticket to America but were double-crossed instead. Renko is able to piece together enough evidence to know that prosecutor Lamskoy (Ian Bannen) is in cahoots with Obsborne. After a confrontation with Lamskoy, he is accidentally shot by Renko's gun and dies. Osborne is followed to a remote farm by Renko and KGB agent Pribluda (Rikki Fulton). Kirwill's body is found gutted and tied to a tree for shooting Osborne's dogs. Osborne tries to cut a deal for the sable fur. A shootout erupts and Pribluda is killed. Renko informs Irina that he killed Osborne to help secure freedom for her family. Renko promises that they will see each other again. He releases the remaining sables, which scamper into the woods.

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Stars
William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, Ian Bannen
Director
Michael Apted
Language
English
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