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The Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978)

Based on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Gruzauskas
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Based on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, charged with treason, and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. It was later discovered and verified that his mother had been born in Brooklyn and gone to Lithuania at a young age, which meant she was a U. S. citizen. As a result, Kudirka was declared a U. S. citizen and in 1974 released by the Soviets. Written by Steve Bulota

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23 January 1978 (USA)  »

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La deserción de Simas Kudirka  »

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The Coast Guard cutter featured in the film was still in service as of 2017. Homeported in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USCGC Vigilant (WMEC-617) has been patrolling the seas for over 50 years. See more »

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During Mr. Chadway's yelling in his officer of what has happened, for over five seconds, we can see what appears to be the boom mic hanging just in frame overhead. A couple minutes later when letting some guests in, on the left, upward, we can see what appears to be another piece of filming equipment. See more »

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Prosecutor: In the spring of 1963 while you were working on the Sovetskaya Litva, is it not true you monitored foreign broadcasts of propaganda and fed them through the ship's speaker system?
Simas Kudirka: Music.
[quietly]
Prosecutor: Speak up, please! Do you admit to this act?
Simas Kudirka: Rock and roll music.
Prosecutor: I can't hear you!
Simas Kudirka: What difference does it make?
Lithuanian Court Judge: The defendant will speak louder.
Simas Kudirka: What difference does it make!
[yelling and standing up]
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So nice to see local sites used in such an important film.
17 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

My dad, who started work at the PNSY in 1978 was given the option of being an extra in the film but declined. I own a 22 year tour company in the area as a Portsmouth native and have been dying to review the film. Here are some of the sites used with specifics as I can remember them:

1. Kidurka and wife outside the car. Wild Rose Lane, New Castle, NH. 2. Opening sequence/soccer game. New Castle Common, New Castle, NH. 3. Most "prison" footage shot at the same, Portsmouth Naval Prison. 4. Likely the Decisive CG Cutter, anchored there at Fort Constitution. 5. The Periscope or Navy Yard Paper has more details.......

Paul Reardon Owner Seacoast Trolley Company


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