Gulag

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Mickey Almon is a sports star turned reporter covering the athletics in Moscow. Framed by the KGB and forced to confess that he was spying for America, he is sentenced to detention in a Gulag

ACTORS :  David Keith, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1985

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Gulag  Mickey Almon is a sports star turned reporter covering the athletics in Moscow. Framed by the KGB and forced to confess that he was spying for America, he is sentenced to detention in a Gulag, a barbaric prison camp in the wilds of Siberia. Unable to prove his innocence, Mickey must either put up with the inhuman conditions or engineer an escape.

Gulag

Enjoyable made-for-TV-movie, loosely based on Alexander Dolgun’s autobiography “Dolgun”, in which he describes how he ended up in Soviet Gulag, and how he survived. Once you have read this book, the movie makes sense. Of course, the movie makes several detractments from the book, but it’s not a movie that cites that it is based on that book, but it is a looses rendition of the story in the book, to an extent.

As a Norwegian living in Oslo, it’s great fun to see the settings for the various “Moscow” scenes: About 10′ out in the movie, they’re walking thru the Vigeland Sculpture park in Oslo. Next they’re walking down Karl Johan Street, the National Theatre visible in the background. A visit to Oslo’s City Hall is also part of the “Moscow” scenes, the “russian” guide pointing out the murals by Henrik Sørensen (from 1950). Later, the main character is walking thru the Botanical Gardens, only to be captured just outside in an everyday Oslo street (two schools visible in the background, Vahl & Hersleb). He is then taken to Lubjanka Prisonm to be interrogated. In this case, the old Main Post Office in Oslo. A tram, dirtied down & with Cyrillic characters on it’s destination blind, passes by. A famous (in Norway) Norwegian actor, Bjørn Sundquist, has a small role as one of the Russian captors. At about 28 minutes out, he is taken to the train to transport him to the prison camp. The station is the old Oslo Østbane station (Still standing, but converted to shopping mall). The train is composed of typical Norwegian railway cars of the era (early 80’s/late 70’s.), but the car they’re in is converted to a Stolypin car (of sorts). The train is pulled by a class Di.3 diesel engine. At about 0.32 the train arrives in Trondheim.Not a very high budget movie, but fun in in its own dated way, and with Malcolm Mc Dowell as The Englishman being, well, English. Worth watching, add some beers and some popcorn.

Enjoyable made-for-TV-movie, loosely based on Alexander Dolgun’s autobiography “Dolgun”, in which he describes how he ended up in Soviet Gulag, and how he survived. Once you have read this book, the movie makes sense. Of course, the movie makes several detractments from the book, but it’s not a movie that cites that it is based on that book, but it is a looses rendition of the story in the book, to an extent.

 

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