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Phantom (I) (2013)

 -  History | Thriller | War  -  1 March 2013 (USA)
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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

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You'll never see it coming.

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History | Thriller | War

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Reunites David Duchovny with Lance Henriksen, stars from TV series The X-Files (1993) and Millennium (1996), both created and produced by Chris Carter. Duchovny and Henriksen too met in "Millennium", a special crossover episode between both series. See more »

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There are no pews in a real Russian Orthodox church, people either stand or kneel there. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.103 (2013) See more »

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Russians as real people, for a change
29 September 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The absence of thick accents almost makes you miss the fact that Phantom is set in cold-war Russia. That, and the presentation of the characters as real people, not your mediocre Party worshipping, vodka glugging, every-sentence-with-comrade-ending Soviet stereotype.

That's just one factor which makes the movie worth watching. Ed Harris plays his role as epileptic submarine captain with a similar character profile to his Major Koenig in Enemy At The Gates, with a little more personality thrown in this time. His vulnerability adds shades of meaning to his grit and courage as he and his supporters stave off a mutiny. William Fichtner and Jason Beghe play their supporting roles admirably, while Johnathon Schaech plays nearly to perfection the indecisive political officer. However, David Duchovny fails to impress in his role as ideological antagonist, and seems to be the only poor casting choice.

The plot, by itself, does little to stand out. The combat sequences are adequately executed; I feel that the levels of suspense generated could have been taken up a notch or two. There are moments where the dialogue could have delved deeper; the debate between Harris and Duchovny over the necessity of a missile launch being a case in point. None of these failings, however, take away from the movie its human portrayal of the Russian submarine crew, and that alone makes this movie worth watching.


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