Russophiles Unite! A Russian & Soviet Movie Podcast

Gorky Park (Michael Apted; 1983)

May 2, 2021

Phil Manchester, former Moscow resident and pub quizmaster extraordinaire, joins Ally Pitts to discuss this adaptation of the first of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko detective novels, set in early 1980s Moscow.

CONTENT WARNING: The film includes violence and gore, including violence against women.

SPOILERS for both the book and the film (and indeed subsequent Renko books) from about 23 minutes in until the end.

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