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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$122,012,643 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dual-beeping sound effect of the Red October moving on the U.S.S. Dallas' sonar screen was also used in Patriot Games (1992) as the sound of Jack Ryan's e.k.g. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Seaman Beaumont (Sonar Man in training) cannot identify sounds of a whale. In a mere few days (the duration of the story) he is tracking multiple submarines and torpedoes, guiding the USS Dallas under battle conditions (while Sonar Man Jones is on board the Red October). Beaumont's sudden acquisition of extreme skill and competence is spectacular but never explained. See more »

Quotes

Bill Steiner: Hey I think someone just shot a torpedo at us!
Capt. Bart Mancuso: No shit, Buckwheat, now get the hell out of here!
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The words "Red October" are first spelled in Russian, with the Cyrillic alphabet, before being replaced with the English words. See more »

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Referenced in Sneakers (1992) See more »

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By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.
24 February 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's almost 10 years now but I am still awed by the caliber of the film. McTiernan has made a moderately good book by Clancy into an outstanding political thriller.

The complexity of the film is particularly challenging. Clancy plots are notorious for beginning with several different threads that interweave somewhere in the book. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson takes apart those threads and models a film based on dual protagonists, Connery and Baldwin. The myriad of supporting actors (including current TN Sen. Fred Thompson) that appear on screen subsequently all have distinct but nonetheless crucial roles to the plot.

Baldwin, in what is and will probably be his career best role ever, shines as the intelligent and patriotic Jack Ryan, a thinking man's hero. Connery lends incredible presence, as usual, to his interpretation of Ramius.

A pure masterpiece.


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