The Girl from Petrovka

The Girl from Petrovka is a 1974 American comedy-drama film starring Goldie Hawn and Hal Holbrook, based on the novel by George Feifer.

The Girl from Petrovka
Girl from petrovka movie poster.jpg
1974 movie poster
Directed byRobert Ellis Miller
Produced byDavid Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Written byChris Bryant
Allan Scott
based on the novel by
George Feifer
StarringGoldie Hawn
Hal Holbrook
Anthony Hopkins
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Edited byJohn F. Burnett
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 16, 1974 (1974-08-16) (Los Angeles)[1]
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



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.[2] A Yugoslavian official denied this, but did reveal that Inex was fearful of offending Russia with the film.[2]


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."[3] 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."[4] 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."[5]

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  1. ^ "The Girl from Petrvoka - Details". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The Girl From Petrvoka - History". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Sayre, Nora (August 23, 1974). "Girl From Petrovka' on Screen Here". The New York Times. p. 16.
  4. ^ Murphy, Arthur D. (August 14, 1974). "Film Reviews: The Girl From Petrovka". Variety. 16.
  5. ^ Siskel, Gene (September 24, 1974). "Cliche run deep in shallow film". Chicago Tribune. Section 3, p. 5.

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