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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Almon
The Englishman
Nancy Paul ...
Susan Almon
Brian Pettifer ...
George Pravda ...
Bruce Boa ...
Ray Jewers ...
T.V. Interviewer
Stolypin Guard
Barrie Houghton ...
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Ivan Lee ...


Mickey Almon is a sports star turned reporter covering the athletics in Moscow. Framed by the KGB and forced to confess that he was spying for America, he is sentenced to detention in a Gulag, a barbaric prison camp in the wilds of Siberia. Unable to prove his innocence, Mickey must either put up with the inhuman conditions or engineer an escape. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The length of the prison sentence that Mickey Almon (David Keith) was given to serve in a Russian gulag in Siberia was ten years. See more »


Bukovsky: So, are you ready to sign the papers today?
Mickey Almon: If you blow me.
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typical anti-Soviet film of the cold war period
23 April 2000 | by (Tver,Russia) – See all my reviews

Having watched the very first scene (where Russians were singing "Kalinka" and dancing at the bar), I felt sick. I immediately thought, "Oh, one more idiotic film by ignorant ones who know nothing about Russia but any stupid cliches". Some scenes are indeed idiotic. Honestly, I laughed at them alot (for example, the episode where the main character, Mike, was taken to the jail full of water). However, there are some of quite good episodes. In fact, many scenes in a camp ( in 80s those camps weren't called Gulag, btw. Gulag existed in Stalinistic period before early 50s) are reliable.

I guess, this film was made with very clear intention. Typical anti-Soviet propaganda. If you want to get knowledges about Russia (or Soviet Union of that time), don't see this film. There are many stupidities in this film.

The best thing about this film is that all the actors played guards were Russians as they have spoken Russian without terrible accent. Very rare (and pleasant) thing. As for the characters, the only attractive one was Jewish professor Matvei (David Suchet). He was played with great power.This characters imbodies this horror and sadness of being prisoner. The only character I will be keeping in mind for a long time after watching this film.

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