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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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John Rothman, who plays the Aurora Executive Officer, wears a name badge marked "J.J. Gordon". This is the name of the film's dialog coach, who also played the bearded "Officer Four" seen in the Russian naval headquarters sequences. See more »


At least two of the American cities shown on the map in the Russian sub are misspelled in Russian. Boston is spelled as if it were pronounced "Voston" (using a Russian "B" instead of a "b"), and Philadelphia is missing the initial "Ph". 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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A low budget, but interesting and suspenseful thriller
20 July 2002 | by (Urbana) – See all my reviews

First of all, to Robert Johansson, the political officer (or Zampolit) and the KGB officer are one in the same. They are a presence on all Soviet nuclear submarines to assure the crew's political education away from base. The story (adapted from the true-life account by the same name: Hostile Waters) is well directed by David Drury despite serious budget setbacks and production pitt falls. The crew is represented in all the authentic Soviet insignia and lapel tags. As is the American crew in the Los Angeles class submarine. The film builds to extreme suspense as the viewer ponders what will happen to America, to the world, as the brave and loyal Soviet Navy attempts everything to overcome the fire in the missile bay that resulted from a collision with the afformentioned US sub. The climax takes place in the Nuclear Reactor room as a brave young cadet is forced to stay inside while his crew desperately attempt to push through the hatch and pull him out. The Graphics are cheap but convincing and the Soviet Naval atmosphere is captured very authentically. A fine Saturday night movie. It takes the cake in the suspense department along with Crimson Tide and The Hunt For Red October. I give it an 8.5 out of a possible 10.

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