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Coming Out of the Ice (1982)

Victor and his family moved to the USSR in the mid '30's. When he refused to sign his skydiving accomplishment as a citizen of the USSR, he was not tried but simply sent to prison. His ... See full summary »


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Alan Sharp (teleplay), Victor Herman (book)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Savage ... Victor Herman
Willie Nelson ... Red Loon
Francesca Annis ... Galina
Ben Cross ... Gen. Tuchachevsky
Frank Windsor ... Sam Herman
Peter Vaughan ... Belov
Sylvia Kay ... Rose Herman
Bernice Stegers ... Lady Barber
Michael Burrell Michael Burrell ... Man on Hunger Strike
Edward Burnham ... Commissar
Clive Merrison ... Bikov
John Malcolm John Malcolm ... Chernov
David Hayman ... Guard Commander 1
Malcolm Storry ... Guard Commander 2
Donald Eccles ... Nesterov


Victor and his family moved to the USSR in the mid '30's. When he refused to sign his skydiving accomplishment as a citizen of the USSR, he was not tried but simply sent to prison. His horrific imprisonment, beating and torture culminated with his being sent to the Gulag for many years. He was in the Soviet Union, according to the film, for a total of 45 years. Written by Maxaira

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Release Date:

23 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gulag 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene in which Victor is walking on the market, most of the extras were Finnish. Out of the frame we can hear one of them saying in Finnish: "I almost looked at the camera". See more »


Early in the film Victor was seen making a parachute jump from 24,500 feet. Neither he nor the pilot were wearing oxygen. At this altitude, hypoxia would occur within a couple of minutes which would incapacitate him and he would likely not have recovered in time to open a parachute. See more »

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A movie about love and freedom
29 July 2017 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie in the 1980s, in communist Romania, a situation similar to that of the film, I liked it very much. Romania was a mini-Siberia in the '80s, when you couldn't find almost anything to eat in the shops, and inside the houses it was cold and dark. Watching it again in 2017, I liked it just as much. It's a powerful movie, not easy to see. It helps you appreciate your life, how to become humble. John Savage, an extraordinary actor, plays a special role. And Francesca Annis and Willie Nelson are very good. If you can be happy in the heaviest and harshest conditions of life, then you are really strong, a real survivor, without worrying about money and fame. And if you are a man alone and you find a woman who really loves you, then you are really happy. But many do not know how to appreciate it.

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