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Crimson Tide (1995)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer of the Deck Mahoney (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Scott Burkholder ...
Lt. Paul Hellerman (as Rick Schroder)


When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On The Brink Of Nuclear War, Two Men Clash Over The Fate Of The World. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marea roja  »

Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,902,929 (UK) (17 November 1995)


$91,400,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The U.S. Navy found the subject of the film objectionable and inaccurate. It refused to provide any assistance in the movie's making. See more »


Ohio-class SSBNs have no compartment called bilge bay. Also, there are no strobing yellow lights, nor are the missile decks made of see through grated decking, and there are no "crawl spaces" that would allow free clandestine movement around the boat. See more »


Capt. Ramsey: All I ask is that you keep up with me. If you can't, then that strange sensation you'll be feeling in the seat of your pants will be my boot in your ass!
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Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »


Written by Terry Hanson (as Terry Moline)
Performed by The Gathering
Courtesy of Paupers & Kings Records
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User Reviews

29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this film for it's intensity,particularly the intense relationship of the characters portrayed by Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.They are two men at odds in the worst of situations;the possibility of war.It all involves an incomplete transmission.It could mean war,it could mean nothing at all.What do you do?You could strike your enemy before he strikes you,but would the strike be uncalled for? It's the not knowing that creates the intensity.Hackman and Washington are excellent actors,which goes without saying since they are both Oscar winners,and they play off of each other extremely well in this film. This fact alone makes it a must see,but the film's content is equally as impressive.

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