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Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Savoy
Steve Durham ...
Mitch
David Coburn ...
K.C.
Thalmus Rasulala ...
The Admiral
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United States emissary
Piita Vuosalmi ...
Nadja
Vesa Vierikko ...
Kapsky
Ismo Kallio ...
Zarkov
Laura Munsterhjelm ...
Irina (as Laura Heimo)
Antti Horko ...
Cossack
Pauli Virtanen ...
Sergei
Jone Takamäki ...
Interrogator (as Jouni Takamäki)
Inkeri Luoma-aho ...
Female Guard
Markku Blomqvist ...
Irina's Father
Sari Havas ...
Girl at Party
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Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. Captured and thrown in jail, they find it's not fun either. It's a nightmare. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Freedom is just a word...until you lose it.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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30 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte al infierno  »

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$3,401,376 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,388,020 (USA)
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Chuck Norris was cast as Savoy but had to back out when filming was delayed. See more »

Quotes

Interrogator: [while torturing Mitch] We really do have all the time in the world.
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Referenced in Luonteita: Renny Harlin (1990) See more »

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Born American- 80's B Classic
17 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this in the late 80's with a friend of mine who rented the VHS (no DVD's back then!) We were smoking a lot of marijuana back then and I recall being shocked by the more memorable action scenes, especially the Pepsi bottle incident. I think I stood up when that happened.

How can you NOT rub the side of your face after watching that scene? ANd yes, the chess game scenes were creepy. The trio of two rough-house guys with the computer-geek friend seemed to work.

Also notable: Norris' Kung Fu moves while beating up Russian soldiers. That is one of the feel-good-to-be-American perts of the movie.

Anyway, I bought the DVD and watch it once a month.

I MADE my twin 10-year old girls watch it too.


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