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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
When the Red October puts to sea, and the crew members are singing the Russian National Anthem, it's clear that Sean Connery hasn't learned the song. He fakes it very well, but if you look closely, you can see he doesn't know it. See more »
Capt. Bart Mancuso:
[Ramius comments in Russian to Borodin that Mancuso is a "buckaroo". Ryan laughs]
What's so funny?
Ah, the Captain seems to think you're some kind of... cowboy.
[spoken "You parle ruski"]
You speak Russian.
A little. It is wise to study the ways of ones adversary. Don't you think?
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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 »
Because of the intrigue this film offers, the circumstances involved tie up neatly in a very convincing way. Needing all of the variables to fall into place if his defection hopes to be successful, Soviet (although Lithuanian by birth) submarine Captain Ramius (Sean Connery) is a very worthy submarine captain. Never cracking under pressure and carrying out his duty professionally, Ramius is the perfect ally to the west in keeping the balance between the super powers in their military endeavours.
Alec Baldwin is good as Jack Ryan. I wish he had stayed on as this character in 'Patriot Games' and 'Clear and Present Danger', because although I like Harrison Ford better as a movie star/actor, Baldwin just seemed better for this role. Too bad he left.
Director John McTiernan uses a smooth pace and lets the screenplay speak louder than his role as the man in charge of it all and the film's photography is tense along with the editing and sound. An Oscar winner for sound effects editing, 'The Hunt for Red October' will put a submarine in your living room if you have the DVD 5.1. surround sound. It's positively realistic!
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