In their new overseas house, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
A remarkable work, less a film about the events than the film of them. The camera largely stays with the miners trapped 700 meters underground, and with the rescue group of fellow miners and engineers and the miners' wives and daughters in the immediate area around the mine. The international circus is scarcely mentioned nor are the safety failures which were no revelation to the men who knew the mine was unsafe but needed the money and worked there anyway. There are no production frills and the cast convey an authenticity that makes one feel they could be playing themselves. It is an affecting work that evokes powerful emotions and comes across as a heart felt tribute more than an entertainment.
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