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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 19 July 2002 (USA)
When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

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The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. Written by Anonymous

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,778,459 (USA) (19 July 2002)

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$35,168,677 (USA) (18 October 2002)
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The submarine used in the film was once owned by Finnish businessman J. Komulainen and was open to the public. It also was used in the Finnish television comedy Vintiöt (1994) in its opening sequence. See more »

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Close-ups on some control consoles show new paint over layers that have been severely chipped, not something one would find on a new boat. However this is based in Soviet Russia it cannot be assumed the submarine/boat is new at all. Also Soviet Russia was known for its lack of equipment and 'damaged' goods. See more »

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Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Memorable For The Radiation Scenes
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty solid supposed true story of a Russian submarine and its captains during the early 1960s. It's memorable, story-wise, for the radiation victims among the crew members. There are some really dramatic scenes involving that horrific event. Otherwise, it's a story of the sub's problems and the conflict between two captains.

The story starts slowly so you have to stick with it as it gets better and better as it goes on and rewarding enough to make you glad you hung in there for the whole 137 minutes.

Profanity is minor and the Russian accents are handled well by the lead actors, led by Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Peter Sarsgaard.

It's not a great film, but it's good and interesting enough to recommend a rental, but not something I'd watch numerous times. Those radiation scenes would be a little too grim to watch numerous times.


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