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Crimson Tide (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  12 May 1995 (USA)
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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)
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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

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In the face of the ultime nuclear showdown, one man has absolute power and one man will do anything to stop him See more »


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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)


£5,023,381 (UK) (15 December 1995)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The time that elapses between when Ramsey says to Hunter "You have 3 minutes" and the successful reception of the EAM is 2 minutes and 38 seconds. See more »


Men the size of George Dzundza, and James Gandolfini would be forced to lose weight or be discharged from the Navy. His size would have nothing to do with him serving on a submarine. See more »


Capt. Ramsey: God help you if you're wrong.
Hunter: If I'm wrong, then we're at war; God help us all.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Simpson Tide (1998) See more »


Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Words by William Whiting
Music by John B. Dykes ("Melita")
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Tension and suspense achieved
1 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is the type of movie Tony Scott should have stuck to creating. While most Jerry Bruckheimer films prove to be bad, modern interpretations of old school martial arts movies, this was one of the better films Bruckheimer ever produced. While the story was completely plot-driven and the performances a little over the top, the rivalry between Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman made this film a cut above the rest of the trash Bruckheimer tends to produce. While simple and direct, it proves to be effective in the annals of storytelling, never overindulging the viewer.

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