When a Canadian Atlantic coast fishing village is threatened with the loss of all of its fishing rights, local reverend (and mayor) Augustus Knickel finds a way to fight back. Relying on an obscure clause in an ancient treaty, he declares the village as an independent republic! He also finds a way to back up those words: by buying an abandoned Russian nuclear submarine from the most senior officer still aboard (namely, the cook.)
Bob Rosen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The cod war just went ballistic.
Did You Know?
Near the end of the movie, Paxton says that the Belgian utility company is Flemish, but the fishing rights are supposed to go to the French Belgians, causing the whole deal to fall through. The Flemish part of Belgium (Flanders) is by the sea while the French part (Wallonia) is inland, therefore there is no way the French Belgians would be offshore fisherman. It would have made sense if the company had been French, and the fisherman Flemish. See more
[the Prime Minister refuses to cancel the Belgium deal
The Prime Minister
You've got to dance with them that brung ya. Of course that's a minor consideration once a Statesman makes his decision.