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Crimson Tide (1995)

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On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (story), Richard P. Henrick (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Hunter
Gene Hackman ... Ramsey
Matt Craven ... Zimmer
George Dzundza ... Cob
Viggo Mortensen ... Weps
James Gandolfini ... Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Rocky Carroll ... Lt. Westergaurd
Jaime Gomez ... Ood Mahoney (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Michael Milhoan ... Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder ... TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci ... Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato ... Russell Vossler (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Eric Bruskotter ... Bennefield
Ricky Schroder ... Lt. Paul Hellerman (as Rick Schroder)
Steve Zahn ... William Barnes
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When some Russian rebels take control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, USS Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey, OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it. It's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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In the face of the ultime nuclear showdown, one man has absolute power and one man will do anything to stop him See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gene Hackman's character wears a pink cap, similar to Tony Scott's trademark headgear. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Ramsey goes back to his room after losing command of the ship he starts going over LT Hunters service records which lists the Naval Bases he was assigned out of in the past. One of the Naval Bases listed is Groton, Connecticut. They mistakenly abbreviate Connecticut as "CN". The correct abbreviation for the state is "CT". See more »

Quotes

Peter "Weps" Ince: Okay. What's going on?
Zimmer: We're not going to let this go down with the X-O and Helm.
Peter "Weps" Ince: We're not?
Zimmer: No. We're not?
Lt. Bobby Dougherty: We've been following the captain for years, and now this asshole Hunter shows up, and we're supposed to follow him because he said so?
Peter "Weps" Ince: You're not supposed to, you were ordered to. That's what this is about, proper orders.
Lt. Bobby Dougherty: Proper Orders? He has proper orders, he won't act on them
Peter "Weps" Ince: He's in command now! If they order him to launch, we'll launch, and we'll blow 'em all to hell. But, I rather ...
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Alternate Versions

The English language version includes a scene where Lt. Cmdr. Hunter (Denzel Washington) breaks up a fight between two sailors. One of the two men tells Hunter that they were arguing over which version of the character Silver Surfer was best, the one drawn by Jack Kirby or the one by Moebius. In the Italian version the comic book character over which the two men are fighting have been changed to Betty Boop and Felix the Cat. See more »


Soundtracks

DANCING IN THE STREET
Written by Ivy Jo Hunter, William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)
Courtesy of Motown Records Company, L.P.
by arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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An excellent fast moving thought-provoking film
1 March 1999 | by vad-2See all my reviews

There have been few war-type films (Saving Private Ryan was another) which have been so thought-provoking. The acting and action was excellent as could be expected from such a cast so my comments are really centred on the story line and its presentation. Set in the scenario of the post-cold war Russia, which is still with us, the basic confrontation which faces every naval commander of a nuclear submarine was brought to stark reality in this film. Who has the final say when it comes to pushing the button? Dependence on technology which is not infallible highlights the weakness of humans who become its slaves rather its masters. Ultimately the stark choice between life and death, between fiction and reality can become blurred when cut off from the world inside a deep sea submarine. How many times has this happened one can only wonder. Since we are all here it can be assummed that the CExcO portrayed by Denzel Washington always won or the type of persons portrayed by Hackman do not exist. Good triumphed over evil.

I wonder what happened to the men who mutineered, they seem to have been forgiven, for an offence still punishable by death, at least in the British navy. It's easy to criticise many technical mistakes in the film and some of the improbabilities but the main points were made and shown well. This film rates just as high as Red October, which was of a similar theme but also excellent. I wonder if Burt Lancaster ever sees these films? In its day Run Silent Run Deep had a lot to recommend it, but that is for another Comment at another time when I see it again


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimson Tide See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,612,190, 14 May 1995

Gross USA:

$91,387,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,387,195
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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