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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  2 March 1990 (USA)
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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?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

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Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


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Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober'  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$122,012,643 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Sean Connery, and three Oscar nominees, Alec Baldwin, Peter Firth and James Earl Jones. See more »


When the Dallas firsts tracks the Red October and the R.O. goes silent, both boats are visible in the underwater shot. But Jonesy tells the captain they are 4000 yards behind the Red October, making it impossible for both boats to be seen in the same shot. See more »


Skip Tyler: When I was twelve, I helped my daddy build a bomb shelter in our basement because some fool parked a dozen warheads 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Well, this thing could park a coupla hundred warheads off Washington and New York and no one would know anything about it till it was all over.
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Crazy Credits

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


By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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User Reviews

Edge of your seat suspense from a master storyteller.
13 March 2000 | by (Cumberland, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Tom Clancy's tour-de-force turned into a great movie, with a great cast. Sean Connery IS Marko Ramius--he steals every scene he's in. Alec Baldwin is solid as Jack Ryan. And the supporting cast led by James Earl Jones, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, Fred Dalton Thompson, and the late Richard Jordan is supurb. This is a suspensful thriller from the word go. The action is almost non-stop. The combat footage--both above and below the water are excellent. Hitchcock would have loved this one!

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