‘Going Vertical’: First Teaser for Russian Sport Feature Film
Nikita Mikhalkov‘s production company Three T has released the 45-second clip from its upcoming sports drama film Going Vertical (Движение вверх). Based on the true story of the Soviet Union’s basketball victory over the United States in the championship game of the 1972 Summer Olympics, the film was directed by Anton Megerdichev (Metro). Nikolai Kulikov (Legend No. 17) wrote the script.
Starring Vladimir Mashkov, Andrew Smolyakov, Ivan Kolesnikov, Kirill Zaitsev and John Savage, Going Vertical will hit Russian theaters on December 28th. Check out the first teaser below.
Olympic men’s basketball final in 1972 was one of the most controversial events in the olympic history and the first loss for the USA team since basketball became an olympic sport in 1936. The United States team won the previous seven gold medals and was expected to win another one in Munich at the 1972 Summer Olympics. But Soviets won the game by a single point, scoring the winning basket as time expired and igniting American objections questioning the legitimacy of the final play.
The U.S. players returned home from Munich with no medals, having voted to boycott the medal ceremony out of anger over a controversial decision that added three seconds to the clock, three seconds that enabled the Edeshko-Belov connection to win the game for the Soviets.
U.S. officials protested to the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA), which the following day rejected their claim, as did the International Olympic Committee some months later.