The Defection of Simas Kudirka

The Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978)

  • Genre: TV Movie, Drama
  • Release Date: 1978-01-23
  • User Rating: 6/10 from 1 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount Television Studios
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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Sound David Shire Original Music Composer
Editing John A. Martinelli Editor
Art William Hiney Art Direction
Directing David Lowell Rich Director
Camera Jacques R. Marquette Director of Photography
Production Gerald W. Abrams Executive Producer
Production Gerald I. Isenberg Executive Producer
Production Richard Briggs Producer
Writing Bruce Feldman Writer
Sound Richard Lapham Music Editor