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The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.





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Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship's nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he's been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. 'Phantom' is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices. Written by RCR Media Group

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Indetectable. Incontrollable. Impitoyable. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Фантом  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$470,000 (USA) (1 March 2013)


$489,984 (USA) (11 September 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The nick-name of the Russian submarine was the "Phantom", which is also the name for the movie's title. See more »


In the Soviet Union, especially in the military, people didn't refer to one another as "sirs" or "gentlemen" but "comrades". See more »


[first lines]
Demi: My crew has just returned from 76 days at sea. The Americans are massing naval assets in the Pacific. There must be a dozen boats better rested.
Markov: Squadron Command is insisting on the most experienced captain and crew available.
Demi: I'm being retired, remember? You should know that. Your signature is all over the transfer. Even if I wasn't, my boat will be in dry dock for months.
Markov: You won't be sailing your boat. You'll be sailing the B-67.
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Referenced in Jeff Rona: Scoring Phantom (2013) See more »


Ja Milogo
Written by Alex Kharlamov
Performed by Alex Kharlamov and Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchecnko
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Thoroughly Enjoyable
30 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inspired by actual events in 1968

In 1968, a Russian diesel submarine goes out for one last mission and then it will be given to the Chinese. Captain Demi (Ed Harris) believes Bruni (David Duchovny), a KGB operative, has plans to take over the ship and start a nuclear war. Bruni will use Phantom to accomplish his mission. How to stop him?

I may be dating myself, but I couldn't help thinking of Richard Widmark during this movie. This was his kind of movie and Ed Harris does an Oscar Worthy job filling in for our departed (2008) friend. Kudos.

The language was all in English, not English with broken Russian accents. That was a good move as nothing was lost in translation by doing this.

The acting by all was excellent. There was good suspense and tension with the music helping.

This was thoroughly enjoyable and the last scenes were heartfelt and very, very clever. Keep a box of Kleenex handy as you may need it. Did I mention that the last scenes were very clever?

There is a statement at the end that says in 1968 a Russian submarine went missing and all is still classified by both the Russian and American governments. (9/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, not much though.

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