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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

La caza al Octubre Rojo  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Klaus Maria Brandauer was originally cast as Marko Ramius, but broke his leg prior to filming. It was Brandauer who suggested his friend Sean Connery for the role, having known him since they appeared together in Never Say Never Again (1983) See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Capt. Bart Mancuso: You, you speak English?
Red October Officer: Yes, sir.
Capt. Bart Mancuso: Get your butt over 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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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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