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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 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.

  1. David Lowell Rich

    Director

  2. Bruce Feldman

    Writer

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  1. Alan Arkin

    Alan Arkin

    Simas Kudirka

  2. Richard Jordan

    Richard Jordan

    Commander Edward Devon

  3. Donald Pleasence

    Donald Pleasence

    Captain Vladimir Popov

  4. George Dzundza

    George Dzundza

    Gruzauskas

  5. John McMartin

    John McMartin

    Phillip Chadway

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The Defection of Simas Kudirka

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  • January 23, 1978
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

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