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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  19 July 2002 (USA)
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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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$4,112,806 (Japan) (17 January 2003)
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Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson are both veterans of the Star Wars films. Ford played Han Solo in the original trilogy, while Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). At one point during the filming process Neeson joked about his character getting to use a lightsaber while Ford bragged about his character surviving more than one film. See more »

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The Champagne bottle that fails to break when K-19 is christened is labeled (in Russian) as Soviet Sparkling. The trademark "Soviet Sparkling" has not been registered until 1969 when it started selling in the West and was not used internally until 1990s. A bottle made for Russian market would have been labeled as "Soviet Champagne". See more »

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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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