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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Invisible. Silent. Stolen. 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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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

Sean Connery spent time underway aboard the U.S.S. Puffer (SSN 652) preparing for his role. He was given Commander status, and allowed to give commands while underway (with the Captain beside him). See more »

Goofs

When the second torpedo is fired at the Red October by the Russian Alpha sub, Capt. Ramius (Sean Connery) orders the Red October to change course to heading 315. Several characters are astonished by this order. They indicate that this will turn Red October into the oncoming torpedo. This is often regarded incorrect, as it is understood that the torpedo is traveling on the same course as the new heading (i.e. 315). However, the sonar officer did report the torpedo as being on _bearing_ 315, not course, which indicates that Captain's choice of course, is, in fact correct, as to reach an item on bearing 315 you need to take a course of 315 (by the definition). As the torpedo is making (roughly) a beeline to the target sub, it can be easily calculated that it is traveling on course of 135 (i.e. the opposite of 315), and both the sub and the torpedo are going to be on a collision course. See more »

Quotes

Captain Ramius: I miss the peace of fishing like when I was a boy. Forty years I've been at sea. A war at sea. A war with no battles, no monuments... only casualties. I widowed her the day I married her. My wife died while I was at sea, you know.
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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 »

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Referenced in Allemaal film: De gouden jaren (2007) See more »

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A submarine classic
28 August 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

'Red October' did for modern submarine warfare what 'Das Boot' did for WWII. It took a concept that is inconceivable to most people (living in a boat underwater with people trying to blow you up) and brought it up close and personal. The resulting suspense and excitement for this type of film is always extremely entertaining and this film delivers nicely.

Tom Clancy's thrilling novel converts well to the big screen. Clancy is a master of making improbable tales of international intrigue seem plausible. This story of a Soviet sub commander who is trying to defect to the U.S. adds a unique twist to the suspense normally associated with submarine films.

John McTiernan, who is building an enormous reputation in the action/adventure genre did a fabulous job as director. This film focused less on the submarine and its crew than its cousin 'Das Boot', and more on the international intrigue angle. McTiernan is very effective in keeping up the pace and giving the viewer riveting suspense as smart torpedos chase subs through the murky deep.

As always, Sean Connery was powerful as the defecting captain, determined not to allow this first strike weapon to start a nuclear holocaust. Connery gave his character both a conscience and a ruthless commitment, stopping at nothing to reach his goal.

Alec Baldwin turns in one of his better performances as Jack Ryan. Unlike Harrison Ford who made Ryan into an action hero in other Tom Clancy adaptations, Baldwin seemed better cast as the CIA nerd who was thrust into a field situation without any real experience. In this way, I felt he was a better representation of the character as Clancy originally wrote him.

This is a highly entertaining and engrossing film that will keep most action and suspense viewers on the edge of their seats. I rated it a 9/10.


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