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Gulag (1985)

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 ... See full summary »

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Roger Young

Writers:

Yehousha Ben-Porat (story), Dan Gordon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Mickey Almon
Malcolm McDowell ... The Englishman
Warren Clarke ... Hooker
John McEnery ... Diczek
Nancy Paul Nancy Paul ... Susan Almon
Brian Pettifer ... Vlasov
George Pravda ... Bukovsky
Shane Rimmer ... Jay
Bruce Boa ... McHenry
Eugene Lipinski ... Yuri
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ... T.V. Interviewer
Bogdan Kominowski ... Stolypin Guard
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ... Wisinski
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ... Vikstrom
Ivan Lee Ivan Lee ... Chinaman
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Storyline

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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A Barbaric system of Russian justice. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gulag - Desejo de Liberdade See more »

Filming Locations:

Finse, Norway See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video) | (theatrical) | (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Olympic Games that sports broadcaster Mickey Almon (David Keith) was covering before he was arrested by the KGB was the 1980 Summer Olympics Games in Moscow in the former Soviet Union (USSR aka the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). See more »

Quotes

Bukovsky: So, are you ready to sign the papers today?
Mickey Almon: If you blow me.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical feature versions of this American tele-movie released in cinemas in non-US foreign territories have a running time which is ten minutes shorter according to the book "Movies Made for Television" (1987). See more »

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typical anti-Soviet film of the cold war period
23 April 2000 | by adelka_sobaSee 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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