The Defection of Simas Kudirka Trailer

The Defection of Simas Kudirka Trailer (1978)

23 January 1978 TV Movie 100 mins

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.

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Alan Arkin

as Simas Kudirka

Richard Jordan

as Commander Edward Devon

Donald Pleasence

as Captain Vladimir Popov

George Dzundza

as Gruzauskas

John McMartin

as Phillip Chadway

Shirley Knight

as Genna Kudirka

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United States 23 January 1978

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