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Phantom (2013)

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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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Inspired by actual events. See more »


Drama | History | Thriller | War

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 USA:

$508,000, 3 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$489,984, 13 September 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film reunites actors David Duchovny and Lance Henriksen, stars from the TV series The X-Files (1993) and Millennium (1996), which were both created and produced by Chris Carter. Duchovny and Henriksen too met in "Millennium" which was a special cross-over episode between both series. See more »


The merchant vessel under which they position the sub is clearly identifiable as an auto carrier in both surface and periscope shots, but the captain identifies it as a tanker. 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 Star Trek: The Mirror Frontier (2017) See more »


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Satisfying, tense submarine film!
19 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Submarine films are few and far between - which is a shame, because there are few settings which breed tension in the way that a steel coffin submerged 200m below the sea's surface can. 'Phantom' isn't groundbreaking, but if you're after tension, heroism, drama and bravery, few current new releases deliver in the way that this movie does. There are a few real tearjerker moments - and at the end of the day, the movie does what it says on the box. Submarine. Conflict. Awesome. Sure, it's not going to fetch many stars from the art-house crowd - but if you want a simple, tense actioner; that doesn't ask you to suspend belief too much - you could do much, much worse.

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