The Defection of Simas Kudirka
The Defection of Simas Kudirka

Release Date

Jan 23, 1978

1978

The Defection of Simas Kudirka

TV Movie

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Synopsis

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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Simas Kudirka

Alan Arkin

Simas Kudirka

Commander Edward Devon

Richard Jordan

Commander Edward Devon

Captain Vladimir Popov

Donald Pleasence

Captain Vladimir Popov

Gruzauskas

George Dzundza

Gruzauskas

Phillip Chadway

John McMartin

Phillip Chadway

Genna Kudirka

Shirley Knight

Genna Kudirka

Dr. Paegle

Barton Heyman

Dr. Paegle

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