An American meteorologist named Royce (Sam Waterston), parachutes to the aid of the sole survivor of a downed aircraft in the Arctic, only to discover that the airman is a Russian navigator, crippled in the accident. A CAPTIVE IN THE LAND chronicles their efforts to survive and to reach
help, as well as the tensions between them.
The contrast between Royce, a taciturn optimist who trusts that a relief flight will land within a few days, and Averyanov (Alexander Potapov), a literate pessimist who tells Royce to abandon him, is the film's sole strength. Royce only discovers that the unconscious Averyanov is a Russian by
examining some of the plane's wreckage; t...