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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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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Alabama's torpedo tubes are located on either side of its hull instead of the traditional bow and stern positions. This is because her bow, like that of most modern submarines, contains a large passive sonar array. See more »


If the Alabama were sent into as tense a situation as depicted in the movie she would have been escorted by a fast attack sub. Hence, the confrontation with the Akula would have been handled by an accompanying Los Angeles/Seawolf/Virginia class boat while the Alabama would escape to launch her missiles. See more »


Capt. Ramsey: Mr. COB!
Chief of the Boat: Yes, sir?
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Capt. Ramsey: It represents fine people.
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A great film for...adolescent boys
26 November 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Despite great acting, I didn't like this film very much because it is so cartoonish and predictable. We've seen it all before and we see it all coming: a cautious Washington pitted against the trigger-happy Hackman. The characters mouth overly dramatic platitudes. Technical and military accuracy is discarded in favor of ridiculous plot devices. Lots of torpedos and spraying water offer visual excitement. Lots of purple lighting sets the mood. At least it isn't as bad bad as any of the madman-with-nuclear-bomb-threatens-to-blow-up-the-city movies. I just wish they had put more substance into this action movie.

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