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  • An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American, who has married a Russian woman, lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American?

  • After his plane crashes in Siberia, a Russian dancer, who defected to the West, is held prisoner in the Soviet Union. The K.G.B. keeps him under watch and tries to convince him to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again. Determined to escape, he befriends a black American expatriate and his pregnant Russian wife, who agree to help him escape to the American Embassy.

  • Nikolai "Kolya" Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is a Russian ballet dancer who defected to the West. He is in a plane flying over Russia when all of a sudden, a malfunction forces the plane to land there. The K.G.B. tells everyone that his injuries are so severe that he has to remain confined for awhile. But in reality, they want him to return to them, so they bring him to his old apartment and an American, Raymond Greenwood, who defected to Russia several years ago, is placed there to keep an eye on him. However, Rodchenko is not about to give in and is determined to escape. So with help from his former lover, he gets word to the Americans. And even Raymond is starting to be disillusioned with Russia, and he has to decide if he is going to do what he was sent to do, or help Rodchenko.


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  • Love & dance in communist Russia.

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