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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 USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marko Ramius
... Jack Ryan
... Bart Mancuso
... Captain Borodin
... Admiral Greer
... Andrei Lysenko
... Jeffrey Pelt
... Ivan Putin
... Dr. Petrov
... Seaman Jones
... Captain Tupolev
... Skip Tyler
... Bill Steiner
Larry Ferguson ... Chief of the Boat
... 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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Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober'  »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bible verses that Putin reads at the beginning of his conversation with Ramius, come from Revelation 16:15-17. See more »

Goofs

When Ramius takes the book from the officer, he is definitely reading from a Bible. And the quote prior to that is from the book of Revelation, talking about Armageddon. Ramius said that the book belonged to his wife, and he kept it for sentimental reasons. He called it a "Hindu transcript", but a Bible would have been "Hebrew transcript" in the Old Testament, and the New Testament would be a "Greek transcript". See more »

Quotes

Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Spoofed in Going Under (1991) See more »

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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 See 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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