Victor and his family moved to the USSR in the mid '30's. When he refused to sign his skydiving accomplishment as a citizen of the USSR, he was not tried but simply sent to prison. His ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Herman
Red Loon
Frank Windsor ...
Sam Herman
Sylvia Kay ...
Rose Herman
John Malcolm ...
Lady Barber
Donald Eccles ...
Clive Merrison ...
Edward Burnham ...
Guard Commander 1


Victor and his family moved to the USSR in the mid '30's. When he refused to sign his skydiving accomplishment as a citizen of the USSR, he was not tried but simply sent to prison. His horrific imprisonment, beating and torture culminated with his being sent to the Gulag for many years. He was in the Soviet Union, according to the film, for a total of 45 years. Written by Maxaira

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23 May 1982 (USA)  »

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In the scene in which Victor is walking on the market, most of the extras were Finnish. Out of the frame we can hear one of them saying in Finnish: "I almost looked at the camera". See more »


Victor was seen making a parachute jump from a De Havilland Beaver in the early 1930s. This airplane wasn't produced until after WWII and it was unlikely the Soviets would have used anything but a Russian-built aircraft. See more »

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Interesting historical account of an American surviving incarceration in the U.S.S.R.
17 September 2000 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

In the 1920s Victor Herman left the United States with his parents who went to the U.S.S.R. with other Americans to build an automobile factory there. They were part of an idealistic socialist group who thought that the Soviet Union would be a better place for working class people.

Herman had athletic prowess in track and field, and the Soviet authorities wanted him to represent them in world competition. At first he consented, but later demurred when their demands on him became onerous. He asked to leave the country, but of course, back then, departure equaled treason, and they sent him to a remote prison camp. This film depicts the story of his survival. It's a good account of forgotten Americans from a forgotten period.

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