Hostile Waters (1997)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Thriller  |  26 July 1997 (USA)
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In October 1986, a Russian submarine carrying nuclear missles collides with an American nuclear submarine off the coast of Bermuda.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Britanov
Aurora Skipper
Admiral Chernavin
Sergei Preminin
Admiral Quinn
Lieutenant Curtis
Aurora Exec. Officer
Michael Attwell ...
James E. Kerr ...
John Baker
William Marsh ...
Acoustics Officer
Seamus McQuade ...


The True story of how an antiquated Russian Project 667a "Yankee" Class Submarine, K-219 collides with a Hunter Killer "Los Angeles" Class American submarine causing a leakage in the K-219's missile bays, almost leading to nuclear meltdown in it's reactors off the shores of Bermuda. Written by Naashak

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We were seconds from death and we didn't know it.



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Rated PG for language and peril | See all certifications »



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26 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Aguas turbulentas  »

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Captain Britanov filed a suit in 2001, claiming that Warner Bros. did not seek or receive his permission to use his story or his character for a movie. He also claimed that the movie did not portray the events accurately and made him look incompetent. In September 2004, a court ruled in Britanov's favor. Captain Britanov declines to state the amount of the award; descriptions range from "substantial damages" down to tens of thousands of dollars. See more »


The Los Angeles-class sub in the movie with designation SNN 710 was called the "Aurora". Its actually name is the "Augusta". See more »


Vladimirov: Captain, I think you should stop asking Pshenishny how things are in Moscow. I think it upsets him.
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Referenced in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) See more »

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Accurate portrayal of men under pressure..Literally
25 April 2004 | by (Perthshire) – See all my reviews

I spent 24 years at sea and I liked this film because of the accurate portrayal (of the Russians ) in an emergency situation and the way the situations were assessed and dealt with was pretty genuine.

Like Sailors everywhere ( well most sailors with some sad exceptions ie Flag of convenience Passenger ships where the crew take to the boats first in recent years)

They realise they have to pull together and get things sorted in order to save their Ship ,themselves, and the Eastern US Seaboard

When I was at sea we had a typical British tongue in cheek saying

'If in Danger or in doubt run in circles scream and shout'

Which luckily never happens in reality (I hope..)

No Nationalistic ranting or Stars/Stripes/Hammer and sickle waving -But do we need that anyway?

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