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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:

Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober' 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

Rip Torn was announced for this film. See more »

Goofs

During the NSA briefing, Ryan states that it will take Red October four days to get within missile firing range. In fact, its RSM-52 SLBMs had a range of 8,250 km, meaning they could basically be fired while the sub was still 'moored at its pier' in Poliyaniji, although that fact might not have been publicly known in the west at the time of filming (and any missile sub commander would prefer getting closer to his potential target.) See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bart Mancuso: Hang on, Jonesy. If I can get you close enough... can you track this sucker?
Seaman Jones: Yes, sir. Now that I know what to listen for, I'll bag 'im.
Capt. Bart Mancuso: [smiling] Carry on.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Class of 3000: The Hunt for Red Blobtober (2006) See more »

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Payoff
By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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Edge of your seat suspense from a master storyteller.
13 March 2000 | by huttfam5See all my reviews

Tom Clancy's tour-de-force turned into a great movie, with a great cast. Sean Connery IS Marko Ramius--he steals every scene he's in. Alec Baldwin is solid as Jack Ryan. And the supporting cast led by James Earl Jones, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, Fred Dalton Thompson, and the late Richard Jordan is supurb. This is a suspensful thriller from the word go. The action is almost non-stop. The combat footage--both above and below the water are excellent. Hitchcock would have loved this one!


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