A Soviet cargo ship carrying medical opium gets attacked by pirates of an unknown nationality. The crew is left to die on a sinking ship but they manage to escape and now must fight the pirates for survival.
The Soviet cargo ship "Nezhin" in a foreign port, somewhere in the Philippines, receives a large load of opium for the pharmaceutical industry and goes to Vladivostok. On the way, the crew catches a man named Saleh in the sea, who says that he escaped from a cargo ship on which a load of cotton caught fire. Soon, "Nezhin" finds an unknown abandoned "Mercury" ship and captain Ivan Ilyich sends a group of sailors there. Meanwhile, Saleh sneaks into the radio room and, mortally wounding the radio operator, incapacitates the radio station.Written by
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pirates. and brave Soviet people
The basic temptation - to compare it with the American hijaking films. the basic sin - to ignore the context when it was made. and, not the last, to ignore the story. sure, many cliches. and fight scenes. and the brave sailors . but the film is more than part from a too familiar series. it is nice, unrealistic - so amusing, chaotic and full of precise pieces of Soviet entertainment . result - its succes. and the perspective from today about a new tool of propaganda in Brezhnev era.
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