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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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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

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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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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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According to a Don Simpson interview, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were also considered for the role that went to Denzel Washington. See more »


After the fire in the galley, the CO and XO are walking towards the CO's stateroom and enlisted men stop in the passageway and salute the CO. Salutes are not rendered in the U.S. Navy unless you are outdoors or under arms. They are never rendered underway on board a Sub (although the last set of salutes rendered after the crisis is over are artistic enough to be believable). See more »


Zimmer: This is a mutiny, Peter. There's only two sides to a mutiny.
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Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Words by William Whiting
Music by John B. Dykes ("Melita")
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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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