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The Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978)

TV Movie | 100 min | Drama

Based on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, charged with treason, and sentenced to ten years of ...See moreBased on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, charged with treason, and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. It was later discovered and verified that his mother had been born in Brooklyn and gone to Lithuania at a young age, which meant she was a U. S. citizen. As a result, Kudirka was declared a U. S. citizen and in 1974 released by the Soviets. Written by Steve Bulota See less
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Jan 23, 1978 (United States)

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Alan Arkin
Simas Kudirka Simas Kudirka   See fewer
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Richard Jordan
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George Dzundza
Gruzauskas Gruzauskas   See fewer
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John McMartin
Phillip Chadway Phillip Chadway   See fewer
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Shirley Knight
Genna Kudirka Genna Kudirka   See fewer
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Marvin Silbersher
Commander Burkalis Commander Burkalis   See fewer
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Barton Heyman
Dr. Paegle Dr. Paegle   See fewer
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Nicholas Guest
Baltrunar Baltrunar   See fewer
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Matthew Arkin
Petras Petras   See fewer
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Salem Ludwig
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Donald Warnock
Stender (as Don Warnock Jr.) Stender (as Don Warnock Jr.)   See fewer
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Nicholas Saunders
Soviet Chairman Soviet Chairman   See fewer
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Warren Manzi
Radio Operator Radio Operator   See fewer
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David Gibson
Garvey Garvey   See fewer
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Thom Vegh
Cipola (as Thomas Vegh) Cipola (as Thomas Vegh)   See fewer
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Marlo Bernier
Colley (as Mark Bernier) Colley (as Mark Bernier)   See fewer
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Clarence Felder
Picnic Man Picnic Man   See fewer
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Gedda Petry
Marija Marija   See fewer
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Joe Sabia
Durgas Durgas   See fewer
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Daniel Williams
Seaman Nance Seaman Nance   See fewer
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Joyce Vining Morgan
Mrs. Paegle Mrs. Paegle   See fewer
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Don Wescott
Prosecutor Prosecutor   See fewer
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Jack Lazare
Old KGB Man Old KGB Man   See fewer
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Stephen Nuding
Young KGB Man Young KGB Man   See fewer
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Kenneth Bradford
Captain Sloan Captain Sloan   See fewer
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Thomas Thomas   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 119 votes