The Girl from Petrovka
|The Girl from Petrovka|
1974 movie poster
|Directed by||Robert Ellis Miller|
|Produced by||David Brown|
Richard D. Zanuck
|Written by||Chris Bryant|
based on the novel by
|Music by||Henry Mancini|
|Edited by||John F. Burnett|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Joe (Hal Holbrook) is a cynical American journalist assigned to work in the Soviet Union, where he meets Oktyabrina (Goldie Hawn), a spirited and erratic Russian ballet dancer who lives illegally without proper documents. Their ensuing romance opens new possibilities for both; but also draws the attention of the Soviet authorities.
- Goldie Hawn as Oktyabrina
- Hal Holbrook as Joe
- Anthony Hopkins as Kostya
- Grégoire Aslan as Minister
- Anton Dolin as Ignatievitch
- Bruno Wintzell as Alexander
- Zoran Andric as Leonid
- Hanna Hertelendy as Judge
- Maria Sukolov as Old Crone
- Zitto Kazann as Passport Black Marketeer
- Inger Jensen as Helga Van Dam
- Raymond O'Keefe as Minister's Driver
- Richard Marner as Kremlin Press Official
- Michael Janisch as Police Chief Valinikov
- Harry Towb as American Reporter
Some filming was originally planned to take place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but Yugoslavia's Inex Films canceled its contract with Universal Pictures for undisclosed reasons just two weeks before shooting was set to begin, and production had to be moved to Vienna. Director Robert Ellis Miller suspected that Inex's decision was made under pressure from Moscow. A Yugoslavian official denied this, but did reveal that Inex was fearful of offending Russia with the film.
Nora Sayre of The New York Times wrote that "Goldie Hawn can't play a Russian" and Hal Holbrook "has little to do beyond shaking his head when he thinks of her smiling indulgently when he looks at her ... Certainly, neither performer has been aided by the script." Arthur D. Murphy of Variety wrote, "What 25 years of Cold War 'comedy' cliche and the latterday Nixon detente haven't done to make irrelevant 'The Girl From Petrovoka,' artless writing and direction have. This sixth Richard D. Zanuck-David Brown production for Universal stars Goldie Hawn, ineffective as a ponderous Russian version of a free spirit, and Hal Holbrook, who cannot alone make work such sterile and conrball comedy-dramaturgy." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 1.5 stars out of 4. He called the story "insipid" and wrote of Goldie Hawn that "there is no way she can handle a Russian accent. Her dialect floats from the Volga to the Mississippi during a single sentence."
- "The Girl from Petrvoka - Details". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- "The Girl From Petrvoka - History". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- Sayre, Nora (August 23, 1974). "Girl From Petrovka' on Screen Here". The New York Times. p. 16.
- Murphy, Arthur D. (August 14, 1974). "Film Reviews: The Girl From Petrovka". Variety. 16.
- Siskel, Gene (September 24, 1974). "Cliche run deep in shallow film". Chicago Tribune. Section 3, p. 5.
- The Girl from Petrovka on IMDb
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