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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

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Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller. Written by Anonymous

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Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


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2 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober'  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,161,835 (USA) (4 March 1990)

Gross:

$122,012,643 (USA)
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Trivia

Nearly 20 years after the release of this movie, a brief, lightly digitally altered shot from it was used as a sight gag in an episode of the sitcom 30 Rock, in which Alec Baldwin had a starring role. The premise of the joke was that Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy, is trying to quell Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon's anxiety about hosting her own talk show for the first time. They perform a test with a high definition camera, which is unflattering or comical for most of the people who step in front of it: Lemon's minor facial flaws are severely exaggerated on the high-def monitor; downtrodden producer Pete appears to the camera as a naked man decades older than his actual age; and happy-go-lucky page Kenneth appears on the monitor as a Muppet. But Jack appears in high-def as a twenty-years-younger Alec Baldwin, thanks to several seconds of footage from The Hunt for Red October being broadcast on the monitor. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1984, yet on a table in Ryan's apartment in London is a 1987 issue of "Proceedings". See more »

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Admiral James Greer: [after the meeting where Jack Ryan has just explained - quite boldly - his theory that Capt. Raimus is defecting] I told you to speak your mind Jack, but Jesus
[laughing a little]
Admiral James Greer: ...!
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Crazy Credits

The words "Red October" are first spelled in Russian, with the Cyrillic alphabet, before being replaced with the English words. See more »

Connections

Followed by Patriot Games (1992) See more »

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By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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Best Film of Tom Clancy
6 July 2002 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This movie never fails to entertain me. Smartly directed, well written, and acted it always brings a fresh newness no matter how many times I've seen it. It could have been the beginning of a franchise for Alec Baldwin. He is very much centered and controlled. Sean Connery is also standout.

Could recommend this to anyone without hesitation. On DVD it's a visual feast. Just a great looking movie. Wish that all the other Clancy books had been adapted so well.


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