In November 1984, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union creates a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. The Russian submarine Captain, Marko Ramius (Sir Sean Connery), defects. His goal is taking it to the U.S. to prevent the Russians from using it to start nuclear war against the U.S.
Filming started in 1989, with the Cold War still in progress, but when it was released in 1990, the Soviet government announced that the Communist Party was no longer in charge of everything. Producers found this obstacle irrelevant, and went on with the release, but using a disclaimer, telling that the story takes place in 1984 (same year Tom Clancy's novel was published) during the Cold War. See more »
In the scene just before the briefing, the final shot is a hold on Jack Ryan's face for a second or two. It appears to be a much shorter piece of footage run forward, then backward, then forward again to make the shot longer. See more »
The words "Red October" are first spelled in Russian, with the Cyrillic alphabet, before being replaced with the English words. See more »
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 »
This movie is so Underrated!!! I don't know why this movie got mixed reviews back then but it's a pretty Good film. John Mctiernan direction is Awesome as always. Sean Connery, Sam Neil And Alec Baldwin are Excellent in their Roles. This Movie takes itself seriously and doesn't bore you with Heavy Exposition or Dumb Action Sequences. It knows what its genre is. My only Issue with this movie is its abrupt ending. It could have been better. 9/10 for me!
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