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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

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John McTiernan

Writers:

Tom Clancy (novel), Larry Ferguson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Marko Ramius
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Ryan
Scott Glenn ... Bart Mancuso
Sam Neill ... Captain Borodin
James Earl Jones ... Admiral Greer
Joss Ackland ... Andrei Lysenko
Richard Jordan ... Jeffrey Pelt
Peter Firth ... Ivan Putin
Tim Curry ... Dr. Petrov
Courtney B. Vance ... Seaman Jones
Stellan Skarsgård ... Captain Tupolev
Jeffrey Jones ... Skip Tyler
Timothy Carhart ... Bill Steiner
Larry Ferguson Larry Ferguson ... Chief of the Boat
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Admiral Painter
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Storyline

Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller. Written by Anonymous

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The hunt is on. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunt for Red October See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,161,835, 4 March 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$122,012,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,512,643
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

$20,000 was spent on Sean Connery's toupée. See more »

Goofs

In one part of the seamount range run, one of Borodin's rank stripes is falling off his cuff. In the next shot, it is back to normal. See more »

Quotes

[telling young Sonarman Beaumont about Jones's most embarrassing moment]
Watson: Seaman Jones here is into music in a big way, and he views this whole boat as his own personal, private stereo set. Well, one day he's got this piece of Pavarotti...
Seaman Jones: It was Paganini.
Watson: Whatever.
Seaman Jones: It was Paganini.
Watson: Look, this is my story, okay?
Seaman Jones: Then tell it right, COB. Pavarotti is a tenor, Paganini was a composer.
Watson: So anyway, he's got this music out in the water, and he's listening to it on his headsets, and he's just happy as a...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Stanley (Sally Ryan's stuffed bear) is credited as "Himself" See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: In its original theatrical run, Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) says "A fucking cook!" upon discovering the saboteur. However, on subsequent home video releases, the word "fucking" is replaced by "Goddamn." "Goddamn" is heard in at least some 35mm prints. See more »

Connections

References Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) See more »

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Payoff
By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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Seen it 8 times -- and it never gets old
2 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Let's talk about some of the things that make a movie a classic.

Acting? Check. Just look at the stars.

Script? Check. Based on book by Clancy back when people read books (and dinosaurs walked) and Clancy OWNED his niche.

Cinematography? Direction? That it takes place on a sub means it is distinctive and memorable from the getgo. Something about the claustrophobia of a submarine reflected in the claustrophobia of a movie theatre.

Most of important of all is the pacing. There are few films that I have seen this many times and the reason is that the story builds so beautifully. With such a great payoff. Story telling at its finest. So tricks, so attempt to sucker punch the viewer, not even any pretty girls to distract from the weak scenes. Because there are none.

A classic. And under-rated.


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