In one scene, star David Keith wears an orange-and-white University of Tennessee jacket. Keith is an alumnus of this university.
Gulag is defined by the Wikipedia website as "the government agency that administered the main Soviet forced labor camp systems during the Stalin era, from the 1930s until the 1950s." It is an acronym of a Russianword and translates into the English language as "main administration of the camps", usually translated 'Chief Directorate of Camps'."
According to the book "Movies Made for Television", the production "filmed in London (where a replica of a Soviet work camp was built in a limestone quarry) and Finse, Norway, where the Hardangerjokulen glacier doubled for the frozen Russian tundra".
One of three cold war and/or espionage movies that actor Shane Rimmer appeared in that were all first broadcast or released in 1985. The movies are Gulag (1985), White Nights (1985), and The Holcroft Covenant (1985). Moreover, Rimmer has also appeared in such spy movies as S*P*Y*S (1974), Scorpio (1973), Hanover Street (1979), Company Business (1991) and A Man Called Intrepid (1979). Rimmer has worked also worked on the James Bond films You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
The Film Yearbook Volume 5 (1986) stated that this tele-movie had "an Israeli script source", "an American production team", "British and Norwegian location shooting", and "budgetary back-up from the MFI Furniture Group PLC".
The Prism Entertainment VHS home video release does not include any scenes of the glove-making races.
The breakout film role of Warren Clarke (Hooker) was that of Dim in A Clockwork Orange (1971), which also starred Malcolm McDowell (the Englishman).
Final theatrical released film of actor George Pravda, though the movie was made for television by HBO, it garnered cinema distribution in some territories.
Actor George Pravda's final film, made for TV, was Cold War Killers (1986), another production, like Gulag (1985), that was related to the Cold War.
The Olympic Games that sports broadcaster Mickey Almon (David Keith) was covering before he was arrested by the KGB was the 1980 Summer Olympics Games in Moscow in the former Soviet Union (USSR aka the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).
This cold war espionage drama co-starred actor Shane Rimmer who had acted in the official James Bond film franchise. Rimmer worked on You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Gulag (1985) premiered in the same year as the Bond film A View to a Kill (1985).
The name of the American television network that sports reporter Mickey Almon (David Keith) worked for was "NBT".
Two of this film's main cast were first named "David" - David Keith and David Suchet.
One of seven espionage related filmed productions featuring actor David Suchet which were made and released around the mid 1980s. The titles include Gulag (1985), Trenchcoat (1983), Red Monarch (1983), A Crime of Honour (1985), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), John le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl (1984), and an episode of Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) [See: Reilly: Ace of Spies: Prelude to War (1983)].
John J. O'Connor in a review published in The New York Times newspaper on 17th January 1985 reported that "part of the film was made on a glacier in Norway".
The movie's closing credits declare that the production was: "Filmed on location in England and Norway and at Twickenham Film Studios Ltd. Twickenham, Middx, England".
Theatrical feature versions of this American tele-movie released in cinemas in non-US foreign territories have a running time which is ten minutes shorter according to the book "Movies Made for Television" (1987).