Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two Liverpudlian natives, Elaine and Theresa. Elaine and Peter immediately fall in love with each other, but the night is short and they must leave with the ship. Elaine can't forget him and writes a letter to Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, asking him to make it possible for them to reunite.
2 May 1986 (USA)
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Bons baisers de Liverpool
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Wording of Elaine's letter to Brezhnev, as seen on screen as she writes it: "Dear President Brezhnev, I know you must be a very busy man, but I dearly hope that you can find the time to help me. I recently met and fell in love with a young Russian sailor, Peter Mayakovsky. There seems to be no hope for us - my only chance of a happy future life is to be with him - but he is in Russia and I am here, we're so far apart. I am alone and desperately in love. I don't believe what they tell us about the Russian people and system, and I don't care. I just need to be with Peter again, he loves me, and I deeply love him, our love stretches over two continents. You're my last and only hope, the British authorities have done nothing to help me, so I leave my heart in your hands. I ask only to see him again and offer you the hand of friendship and sincerity from an ordinary Kirkby girl. Yours hopefully, Elaine Spencer." See more
Elaine says the British embassy did nothing to help her. It is highly unlikely that that she as a British citizen in Britain would have contacted any British embassy, all of which would, by definition, be in other countries. She would have contacted the Foreign Office, which is the authority dealing with foreign affairs and international matters in Britain. The casual viewer might easily confuse the two, but Elaine, who has recently dealt with them, would not make this mistake. See more
See that? These here are my tickets for freedom. These say I can get on a plane, get out of here and leave. These say I can leave, why can't you?
I've never put my foot down with you, girl. Never.
Mum,I don't care what you say or how you are trying to bully me, but my mind's made up. I'm going and that's that. Sovwhy don't you just sit down, get your wool out and knit yourself an iron curtain?
The end credits roll to the background of a painted Moscow city landscape. See more
State Anthem of the Soviet Union
Music by Alexander Alexandrov
Heard when the Soviet President is seen on screen. See more