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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Norris ... Savoy
Steve Durham ... Mitch
David Coburn ... K.C.
Thalmus Rasulala ... The Admiral
Albert Salmi ... United States Emissary
Piita Vuosalmi Piita Vuosalmi ... Nadja
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Kapsky
Ismo Kallio Ismo Kallio ... Zarkov
Laura Munsterhjelm Laura Munsterhjelm ... Irina (as Laura Heimo)
Antti Horko Antti Horko ... Cossack
Pauli Virtanen Pauli Virtanen ... Sergei
Jone Takamäki Jone Takamäki ... Interrogator (as Jouni Takamäki)
Inkeri Luoma-aho Inkeri Luoma-aho ... Female Guard
Markku Blomqvist Markku Blomqvist ... Irina's Father
Sari Havas Sari Havas ... Girl at Party


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller


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USA | Finland



Release Date:

19 December 1986 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte al infierno See more »

Filming Locations:

Enontekiö, Finland See more »


Box Office


$3,401,376 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,225,475, 1 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the film was initially banned in Finland for grounds of violence and that it could harm Finland's foreign relations, this meant severe financial hardship to producer Markus Selin as the distribution deals were drawn out so that the Finnish co-producers would get their income only from the Finnish sales. See more »


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 pork92807See 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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