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 [show more]
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When three murder victims are discovered in the snow of Moscow's Gorky Park - stripped of their faces and fingertips to make identification impossible - Russian detective Arkady Renko (William Hurt) is called in to investigate. He follows a trail which leads to two suspects: American fur trader Osborne (Lee Marvin), and the beautiful Irina (Joanna Pacula), a girlfriend of one of the victims and the woman that Renko himself once loved.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Soviet detective Arkady Renko (William Hurt) uncovers a vast network of deceit and intrigue when he investigates a triple murder that took place in Gorky Park a Moscow amusement park As Renko tries to make progress on the case it becomes dangerously apparent that the KGB doesn&39;t want this homicide to be solved He eventually meets American Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin) who offers some clues but Renko soon realizes that Osborne may be just as dangerous as the trailing KGB operatives