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Cast | Notes | Pictures | Stories | Summary - Official | Together Before
|The Englishman||Malcolm McDowell|
|Mickey Almon||David Keith|
|Susan Almon||Nancy Paul|
|T.V. Interviewer||Ray Jewers|
|Stolypin Guard||Bogdan Kominowski|
|Balalaika Player||Bibbs Ekkel|
|Lubyanka Guard #1||Nigel Bennett|
|Lubyanka Guard #2||John Benfield|
|Lubyanka Guard #3||Morten Borgersen|
|Guard at Station||Rolf Iversen|
|KGB Guard #1||Bjørn Sundquist|
|KGB Guard #2||Aril Martinsen|
|Camp Guard #1||Per Tofte|
|Camp Guard #2||Rannov Nilsen|
|Camp Guard #3||Vidar Wold Haavik|
|Norwegian Soldier #1||Peter Lindbaek|
|Norwegian Soldier #2||Erik Malm|
Directed by Roger Young
Written by Dan Gordon, Yehousha Ben-Porat and Raphael Shauli
Filmed mostly in Norway with a few scenes in England.
Made for TV. © 1984 MFI Furniture Group. Not Rated.
Photos by Ann Mitchell
Released on VHS by Prism Entertainment in 1985. It has been out of print for over a decade and has never been released on any other formats.
Cover - Front
VHS Cover - Back
The Englishman with Mickey
Hooker on the train
"I worked on a made for TV oater called Gulag. Most of it had been filmed in Norway, but they ran out of money, so one scene was filmed here in England. It was mid May and about three tons of sodium chloride with sodium hexafluoride was used, along with foam from a fire engine to simulate snow. I knew weeks in advance I could be filmed as an extra so I had time to grow my hair long. Apart from being extremely well rewarded, I was treated to a haircut at the end of proceedings. I could hear David Keith whining about the battery in his personal stereo being flat. Malcolm McDowell cut me dead when I tried to speak to him about Sanctus, the music used in a scene from if.... All the trees subsequently died." ;-) - AJH
Mickey Almon (David Keith) is a former U.S. Olympic Gold
Medallist covering the pre-Olympic games in Moscow for an American TV network.
Approached by a Russian scientist with a politically explosive document, Mickey
agrees to smuggle it to the West. To his surprise, Mickey is arrested - he's
been set up as a "spy" by the KGB as an example to other Westerners.
Imprisoned and tortured in grim Lubyanka Prison, Mickey confesses his "crimes" after a promise of freedom. But, instead of passage to the U.S., he receives a sentence in the Gulag - the harsh, desolate "Nation of prisons" where escape is impossible, brutality is the rule, and survival is the only hope.
Mickey is taught the laws of self-preservation by a cynical English spy (Malcolm McDowell) who, like the other prisoners, thinks an escape attempt is folly. However, Mickey learns a simple magic trick that proves to be the key to freedom, and he and his companions set out on a desperate flight across the Gulag's frozen, forbidding tundra.
1968 - Malcolm and Brian Pettifer were in if....
1971 - Malcolm and Warren Clarke were in A Clockwork Orange.
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