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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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2 March 1990 (USA)  »

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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 scene where Jack Ryan was lowered onto the U.S.S. Dallas, was filmed in the parking lot of the Mole Pier at Long Beach Naval Station on a beautiful sunny day. Editing made it look like it was the ocean. See more »

Goofs

When sailing up the river at the end of the film, Ramius is surprised to find that the U.S. Navy plans to hide the ship on a river in plain view. Ryan tells him that the nearest Naval base is over 100 miles away, and that this is the last spot a Soviet satellite would think to look. The U.S. Naval Air Station at Brunswick Maine is only about 85 miles away by car and even less if traveling in a straight line like a spy satellite would. This base was used throughout the cold war to house Fleet Air Wing 3, comprised of P2V and PV-3 Orion anti submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft, whose primary mission was to track Soviet submarine and surface ship activity in the North Atlantic on a 24 hour basis. If the Soviet Union were desperate to find a missing Typhoon class submarine that had gone missing in that general area, chances are they would be monitoring any unusual naval activity within several hundred miles of a base like that. See more »

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Captain Ramius: You will go with the men in the life rafts. The officers and I will submerge beneath you, and scuttle the ship.
Dr. Petrov: You will receive the Order of Lenin for this Captain!
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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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Payoff
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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