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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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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

K*19: The Widowmaker  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$35,168,677 (USA) (18 October 2002)

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The character of Executive Officer Mikhail Polenin is based on the historical Soviet Naval officer Vasili Arkhipov, who served as Deputy Commander and Executive Officer of K-19 during its 1961 nuclear accident. Arkhipov would later serve on the Soviet Submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and reportedly refused to concur with the launch of a nuclear torpedo against an American destroyer, thus possible preventing the outbreak of World War III. Arkhipov would go on to hold several submarine command postings and was a submarine squadron commander before promotion to Rear Admiral in 1975. He was made a Vice Admiral in 1981, retiring a few years later, and died in 1998. See more »


When the K-19 is preparing to leave her berth for the first time, the order "single up all lines" is given. This order means that one set of lines is removed, but the boat should remain secured to her berth with a 'single' set of lines. When the order is given, the crew removes both sets of lines, and the K-19 departs. See more »


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Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Selections from 'Voices of Light'
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5 August 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This film reminded me more of "Glory" than of "Hunt for Red October" or "Das Boot." The men sacrificed themselves not for The State or some ideology, but for each other, their fellow men & their leader. You know, most of us can't change the world. In a million years, whatever we do won't make a bit of difference anyway. It's the small things--one person, one moment, one action--that really count. That's what this story said to me. Besides it's more exciting than all the shooting, car crashing, exploding movies out there.

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