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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)

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


$4,112,806 (Japan) (17 January 2003)

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According to Jacob Pitts during one scene the director of photography was having trouble getting Harrison Ford's eye line. When he asked Ford where he was looking Ford replied that he was looking into his soul. When the DP asked him where his soul was he replied "Under a pile of money." See more »


In the graveyard scene, near the end of the film, the boom mic can be seen reflected in one of the character's hats. See more »


[first lines]
Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Referenced in Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) See more »


Moonlight Sonata
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Florian Tessloff
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Just proves critics know nothing about good film making
22 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Forget the critics, forget about the whiney Russian sailors: this film is worth watching. This just goes to show how idiotic the general viewing public has become. Critics have become nothing but a bunch of "good review" whores who work for commission and free gifts. It just goes to show idiotic they are, embracing schlock like Spider-man but putting down audacity like this film. For shame. With a good cast, excellent tension and Harrison Ford, they still want more action and silly exposition.

Maybe it is the subject matter, or maybe it's the fact Harrison Ford isn't killing anyone and trying to act sexy, but I cannot understand why anyone would put this film down. I don't think this film is detrimental to the reputations to the Russian sailors, who were portrayed with gusto and bravado not exhibited in most submarine films. Also, the claustrophobic nature of the film must have been difficult to film, considering the close quarters the characters had to work with. Overall, the film probably could have used some fine tuning, but the way it is, it is still quite a film to watch. 7.2/10

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