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?


John McTiernan


Tom Clancy (novel), Larry Ferguson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1,155 ( 630)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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 Thompson ... Admiral Painter (as Fred Dalton Thompson)


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.

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Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


Captain Davenport: The gentleman is here to see you.
Admiral Josh Painter: Gentleman? What the hell you talking about, Charlie?
[coming out of the bathroom, he sees Jack]
Jack Ryan: I apologize for the uniform, sir. This is Admiral Greer's idea of a low profile.
Admiral Josh Painter: You work for Jim Greer?
Jack Ryan: That's right, sir.
Admiral Josh Painter: Then I imagine you'll tell me what all the hubbub's about.
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Crazy Credits

The words "Red October" are first spelled in Russian, with the Cyrillic alphabet, before being replaced with the English words. 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 »


References Sheena (1984) See more »


The Anthem of the Soviet Union
Music by Aleksandr Aleksandrov (as A.V. Aleksandrov)
Lyrics by Gabriel Ureklyan (as G.A. El-Reghistan) and Sergey Mikhalkov (as S.V. Mikhalkov)
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Underrated Classic 🚢
28 September 2020 | by jothishprabu-35785See all my reviews

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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English | Russian

Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunt for Red October See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,161,835, 4 March 1990

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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