When a U.S. airliner makes an emergency landing in the Soviet Union, the authorities lay their hands on one of the passengers, Russian expatriate ballet dancer Nikolai Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov). In The Turning Point (1977), Baryshnikov played another dancer who had defected to the West (which he also did in real life, of course) and this movie adds a twist to the drama. What if the expatriate was forced to share an apartment with an American dancer – who had defected to the East? Intriguing at first, with good performances and a few nice dance sequences, but the movie can’t quite lose its silliness.
1985-U.S. 135 min. Color. Directed by Taylor Hackford. Song: “Say You, Say Me” (Lionel Richie). Cast: Mikhail Baryshnikov (Nikolai Rodchenko), Gregory Hines (Raymond Greenwood), Isabella Rossellini (Darya Greenwood), Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren, Geraldine Page… John Glover.
Oscar: Best Original Song. Golden Globe: Best Original Song.