Going Vertical

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Going Vertical
Going Vertical.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnton Megerdichev
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Nikolay Kulikov
  • Andrey Kureychik
CinematographyIgor Grinyakin
Edited byPetr Zelenov
Three T Productions
Distributed byCentral Partnership
Release date
  • December 28, 2017 (2017-12-28) (Russia)
Running time
133 minutes
Budget$11,500,000 dollars
Box office$66.3 million

Going Vertical (Russian: Движение вверх, romanizedDvizhenie vverkh), also known as Three Seconds, is a 2017 Russian sports drama film directed by Anton Megerdichev about the controversial victory of the Soviet national basketball team over the 1972 U.S. Olympic team, ending their 63-game winning streak, at the Munich Summer Olympic's men's basketball tournament.

Upon its release on December 28, 2017, Going Vertical achieved critical and commercial success. With a worldwide gross of $66.3 million, Going Vertical is the highest-grossing modern Russian film of all time.


The year was 1970. The senior men's Soviet Union national basketball team had changed its head coach. The team's new head coach, Vladimir Garanzhin (Vladimir Kondrashin), who was also the head coach of the Leningrad based BC Spartak basketball club, of the USSR Premier League; said at a press conference that at the Munich Summer Olympic Games, the Soviet Union was going to beat the U.S. men's national basketball team. The statements of the coach frightened Soviet sports officials, for whom their main goal was to perform strongly at the world's biggest sporting stage, in the year of the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union, and keep their posts.

Vladimir Garanzhin completely changed the composition of the Soviet team, and it was no longer dominated by CSKA Moscow players, but instead the players from several different clubs of the country. Garanzhin also began training the team with new coaching techniques; he needed to inspire the team, and convince the players that they could beat the American team.

It was the night of 9 to 10 September 1972. The city of Munich, which had survived a terrorist attack three days earlier, had continued to host sports competitions at the Summer Olympic Games. The long-awaited finale of the XX Olympic Summer Basketball Tournament had finally arrived. The two final teams, as had been predicted by Garanzhin, were the USSR and U.S. teams. Up to the decisive game, both teams were unbeaten. And the outcome of the dramatic final match was decided in the last three seconds of the game...


Actors Summer Olympic Games
Vladimir Mashkov Vladimir Garanzhin, head coach of the USSR national basketball team, re-named
Viktoriya Tolstoganova Evgenia Garanzhina, wife of Vladimir Garanzhin
Nikita Yakovlev Shurka, son of Vladimir Garanzhin
Andrey Smolyakov Grigorii Moiseev, assistant head coach of the USSR team
Sergei Garmash Sergei Pavlov, Chairman of the State Committee for Sport of the USSR
Marat Basharov Gennadii Tereshenko, functionary, member of the USSR State Committee for Sports
James Tratas Modestas Paulauskas, captain of the USSR national basketball team (№ 5)
Irakli Mikava Zurab Sakandelidze, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 6)
Aleksandr Ryapolov Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 7)
Egor Klimovich Aleksandr Boloshev, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 8)
Kuzma Saprykin Ivan Edeshko, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 9)
Kirill Zaitsev [ru] Sergei Belov, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 10)
Otar Lortkipanidze Mikheil Korkia, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 11)
Ivan Kolesnikov [ru] Alexander Belov, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 14)
Ivan Orlov Sergei Kovalenko, player of the USSR national basketball team (№ 15)
Aleksandra Revenko Aleksandra Ovchinnikova, the bride of Alexander Belov
John Savage Henry "Hank" Iba
Jay Bowdy Mike Bantom
Oliver Morton Doug Collins
Sheila M. Lockhart African American Pedestrian
Chidi Ajufo Jim Brewer
Andrius Paulavicius Jonas
Isaiah Jarel Jimmy
Konstantin Shpakov Tony Jameson, American basketball player
Aleksandr Gromov basketball player
Daniil Soldatov Mike, reporter
Oleg Lebedev Ranko Žeravica, coach of the Yugoslav national team
Aleksey Malashkin Aleksandr Gomelsky, coach of the USSR men's basketball team
Nataliya Kurdyubova Nina Yeryomina, a Soviet sports commentator


Even before the release of the film, it aroused sharp criticism from Yevgenia Kondrashina and Aleksandra Ovchinnikova (widows of Vladimir Kondrashin and Alexander Belov), and Yuri Kondrashin (son of Vladimir Petrovich). In their opinion, the authors of the film plunged into their private lives, and included information about it in the script without their consent.

On April 19, 2017, the mother and son of Kondrashina and Ovchinnikov, filed against Studio "TriTe" Nikita Mikhalkov in the Presnensky District Court of Moscow lawsuit", on the prohibition of the dissemination of information about private lives, "the satisfaction of which, by a court decision of September 4, 2017, plaintiffs were refused (due to the fact that during the consideration of the case, the defendant made changes in the scenario, taking into account the circumstances stated in the statement of claim).


Filming began in August 2016, in Moscow.

The last scenes of the film - the scenes of the final match of the 1972 Olympic Games basketball tournament, between the USSR and the US national teams - were filmed in the first filming days.[1] Instead of filming a crowd of fans, advertising, and other attributes of the Munich match, the shooting technique used the "chromakey" technology.

Box office[edit]

According to the United Federal Automated Information System on Movie Screenings in Cinema Halls (UAIS), the gross of the film, as of 2018, amounted to more than 2.9 billion[2] ($54 million), making the picture the higgest-grossing film in the history of modern Russian film distribution (post-Soviet era).[3][4][5][6]

It also became the highest-grossing Russian film in China, where it grossed CN¥85 million ($12.3 million).[7] That brought the film's worldwide gross to $66.3 million.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Going Vertical, 2017
  2. ^ Going Vertical on Russian Cinema Fund's Analytics
  3. ^ "International Box Office Surprises of 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ ‘Going Vertical’ becomes Russia’s highest-grossing domestic release ever Film about US v USSR basketball final breaks Russian record Going Vertical, portraying Soviet victory at 1972 Olympics, is Russia’s highest-grossing movie, TASS
  6. ^ ‘Three Seconds’: Olympic Basketball Drama Is Russia’s Highest-Grossing Movie Ever
  7. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 July 2019). "'Three Seconds' Becomes Highest Grossing Russian Film Ever in China (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2019.

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