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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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Upon reading the film's script, the surviving crew members were so incensed that they sent an open letter to Harrison Ford, Producer/Director Kathryn Bigelow, and Producers Christine Whitaker and Steven-Charles Jaffe, expressing their dismay. Among the less-than-credible details they objected to were profane language, the animosity between the two highest-ranking commanding officers, insubordination among the crew, drunk crew members, the attempted mutiny, the guns (which are kept under seal in a secret location) and the handcuffs (which were only used by and available to cops). See more »

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At the beginning where Capt Vostrikov is buttoning his dress jacket, he is wearing full medals indicating a full dress uniform; his rank is that of a Capt 2nd Rank. When he arrives at headquarters in the briefing, his rank has changed to that of Capt 1st Rank but his uniform is now the standard dress using ribbons vs. medals. Full dress would not be used for travel at any rate. See more »

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Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Widowmaker
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an attempt to break from his usual sympathetic every man bit, Ford plays a blunt, powerful, hard working Russian Naval officer who is given command of a nuclear powered sub from its well liked, almost fatherly captain played by Liam Neeson. Harrison and Liam clash as only two strong willed alpha males can when they take the sub out for a spin and fight to keep it from blowing up and causing a world wide tragedy.

Based on a true story.

Ford and Neeson give solid performances to this long, murky, cold, and ultimately detached action drama that proved to be one of 2002's lesser box office endeavors. As stated before, the film suffers from a feeling of disconnection, even as numbers of brave men are sent into the nuclear reactor with improper protection ("They might as well be wearing rain coats!")

Could have been better, and it could have been a lot worse. Rent and judge for yourself. Probably mostly for fans of Ford and Neeson.


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