Down 436 this week

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  2 March 1990 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 136,083 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 240 user | 102 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

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



(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Patriot Games (1992)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
Crimson Tide (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain
The Rock (1996)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris
Air Force One (1997)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
The Fugitive (1993)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward
Entrapment (1999)
Action | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief.

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey


Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Steiner
Larry Ferguson ...
Chief of the Boat


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober'  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$122,012,643 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Sean Connery spent time underway aboard the USS Puffer (SSN 652) preparing for his role. He was given Commander status and allowed to give commands while underway (with the captain beside him.). See more »


During the second Crazy Ivan scene, Capt. Mancuso calls for full safeties on his torpedoes due to the range. However, when the range is given once Red October is moving again, it is 300 yards. This would mean Red October would have had to have been closer than that originally because at that time Red October was moving and the Dallas wasn't. Full safeties would mean the torpedo would circle way too long allowing ample time for Red October to use countermeasures and defeat the torpedo. Also, with the range that close and the course of the Red October stated, there is no way the bearing (195) would stay constant, Jones would have reported it as variable, passing through whatever bearing at the time. See more »


Capt. Bart Mancuso: Central Intelligence Agency... Now, there's a contradiction in terms.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Stanley (Sally Ryan's stuffed bear) is credited as "Himself" See more »


Referenced in Planet Terror (2007) See more »


By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The action-thriller to end all action-thrillers
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie, you'll wonder how Hollywood manages to turn out so many junk-action movies, now that they've figured out the right formula. To be fair, the vast majority of action movies don't have the benefit of Tom Clancy's greatest novel (granted, 'Sum of All Fears' was a very, very close second, for me). High tension and realistic (emphasis on that last word) depictions of modern warfare make for an excellent story.

Nonetheless, there are a few key qualities that shouldn't go unnoticed to today's directors. First (again) is the basis of a good plot that actually captures your attention, makes you think, and puts you on the edge of your seat. Second is the high caliber of actors: James Earl Jones, Alec Baldwin (I'm a Harrison Ford fan, but I still think Baldwin was far better for the role), and - last but certainly not least - Sean Connery. I'm sure this wasn't cheap, but when you look at the product produced by three of the best professional actors, it's worth every penny. Third, is the great music; nothing too over the top, but well-orchestrated, and featuring a great set of pieces by a Russian men's choir (hard to go wrong!). Lastly, the great use of special effects, from which George Lucas himself could use a clue or two: it smoothly supports, and doesn't take the place of or interfere with, the development of the plot.

This is my #2 favorite movie of all-time, but you don't have to take my word for it. See it yourself! You'll be glad you did.

51 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Adm. William F. Halsey benedikt-entner
A little confused" bassgoilius
Would it have been conceivable jintanyarou
First strike weapon Alex_RM7
Banked turns garrisonaw
Uniform Alex_RM7
Discuss The Hunt for Red October (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: