CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
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
Hollywood Pictures movie executives, to include studio President Ricardo Mestres, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott, and writers Michael Schiffer and Richard Henrick, were invited by the Navy to ride the Trident ballistic missile submarine U.S.S. Florida (SSBN-728) with the Gold Crew in 1993, to support research into the movie. The submarine crew was informed that the plot line of Crimson Tide would be "Hunt for Red October meets 2001: A Space Odyssey," where a computer on the ship was trying to launch missiles to start World War III, while the crew tries to prevent it. The crew was instructed by the Navy to demonstrate to the studio executives that there was no computer that could launch missiles. The studio was given full access to film onboard the ship, and videotaped the ship's Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander William Toti, responding to a fire drill, a flooding drill, and a missile launch, just as Denzel Washington does in the movie. When the studio forwarded the film's script to the Navy several months later, the story had changed to Denzel Washington leading a mutiny. While Bruckheimer later stated that the story was always about a mutiny, some Navy leaders blamed the ship's real XO, Toti, for planting the mutiny storyline in the producer's heads. Four years later, when the ship's XO, then Commander Toti, took command of a submarine in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Crimson Tide screenwriter Michael Schiffer was one of the attendees at his change-of-command ceremony. See more »
The sonar is not displayed in the "radar" manner that is depicted in the movie. Actual sonar uses what is a called a "waterfall" display, so called because it shows the different sound frequencies on a vertical display that moves from the top down. One of these displays is shown very briefly at the first moment of contact with the Akula. See more »
Peter "Weps" Ince:
[answers the private phone]
Weps. This is Hunter. Listen to me.
Peter "Weps" Ince:
Where are you?
Don't worry about where I am. Listen, we have other ships that can handle this, you can't be influenced by the captain or anybody else, you have to make up your own mind.
Peter "Weps" Ince:
[hears a beep]
Con, Weapons. Missles will be ready to launch in 4 minutes.
Listen Weps, listen Weps, don't do this. Don't do this Weps, once we launch, they cannot come back. They cannot come back Weps, and you know the repercussions if we're ...
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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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