Based onstory by Yehousha Ben-Porat
Dan Gordon
Raphael Shauli
Written byDan Gordon
Directed byRoger Young
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerAndrew Adelson
Production companiesHBO Premiere Films
Lorimar Pictures
MFI Furniture Group
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Budget$5 million[1]
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJanuary 13, 1985 (1985-01-13)

Gulag is a 1985 drama film by Roger Young, aired originally on HBO and later released to home video. It was reviewed by the New York Times.[2]


TV reporter and former star athlete Mickey Almon is covering an international athletic event in Moscow when he is arrested by the KGB after being approached by a scientist wanting him to smuggle secret information out of the Soviet Union. Almon is imprisoned and interrogated over several days by prison official Bukovsky who ultimately forces him to confess to being a spy for the United States. Though promised with release for doing so, Almon is instead transported to a railway station and placed aboard a train on a Stolypin prison car with other political prisoners bound for a Gulag labour camp near the Arctic Circle.

After arriving, Almon meets a fellow foreign prisoner, a heroic Englishman who teaches him how to survive the brutal life of the camp. In time, after learning that his ultimate fate in the camp will eventually be death through hazardous labour, Almon and the Englishman conspire together to plot an escape to Norway.



Lorimar claimed the story was based on fact.[3] It was shot in London and in Norway.[1]

Home media

The film was released on VHS by Prism Entertainment under license from Lorimar. But, this film was produced by Lorimar Productions and it belongs to same company (subsequently later it owned by Warner Bros.) originally. However, it never released on DVD or Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


  1. ^ a b LENDING AUTHENTICITY TO MOVIES ABOUT RUSSIA Mills, Nancy. Los Angeles Times 5 Sep 1984: g4.
  2. ^ "TV REVIEW; 'GULAG' DRAMA ON HOME BOX OFFICE". January 17, 1985. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. ^ DARYL HANNAH TO STAR IN FILM OF 'CAVE BEAR' Philadelphia Daily News 17 Apr 1984: 53.