The Defection of Simas Kudirka

The Defection of Simas Kudirka

Alan Arkin
Director: David Lowell Rich Cast: Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
, Richard Jordan
Richard Jordan
, Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
David Lowell Rich


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Alan Arkin stars as real-life Lithuanian seaman Simas Kudirka, a radio operator on a Russian vessel. When his ship docks at Martha's Vineyard in early 1970, Kudirka makes a dramatic leap from the deck, landing on the American coast guard cutter Vigilant. He announces that he wishes to defect, but the rules of maritime law prohibit the Americans from offering him asylum. As the crew of the Vigilant looks on helplessly, the Russian officers board the cutter, beat and bind Kudirka, and drag him back to his own ship. This tinderbox political incident occurs during a Soviet/U.S. conference over fishing rights. The ultimate fate of Simas Kudirka provides the core of Bruce Feldman's script. Directed for television by David Lowell Rich (who won an Emmy), The Defection of Simas Kudirka was first broadcast January 23, 1978.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0889290006042
Original Release: 1978
Source: Cbs Mod
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 31,681

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Actor
Richard Jordan Actor
Shirley Knight Actor
John McMartin Actor
Donald Pleasence Actor
George Dzundza Actor
Nicholas Guest Actor
Ted Shackelford Actor

Technical Credits
David Lowell Rich Director
Gerald W. Abrams Executive Producer
Richard A. Briggs Producer
Bruce Feldman Original Story,Screenwriter
William Hiney Art Director,Production Designer
Gerald I. Isenberg Executive Producer
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
John A. Martinelli Editor
David Shire Score Composer

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