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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

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

Sam Neill's acting mentor was James Mason, who also played a renegade submarine commander in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). See more »

Goofs

While loudly singing the national anthem in "Silence" mode may be a violation of procedure, it is clear within the context of the movie that this was a spontaneous outburst of patriotic sentiment following the revelation of their (ostensible) orders. Borodin plainly points out that the singing is a serious issue; Captain Ramius' response confirms that while it is unorthodox, he nevertheless explicitly permits the singing to continue. Captain Ramius even joins in himself. See more »

Quotes

[to himself, just before being lowered off a helicopter]
Jack Ryan: Next time, Jack, write a goddamn memo.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofed in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Anthem of the Soviet Union
Music by Aleksandr Aleksandrov (as A.V. Aleksandrov)
Text by Gabriel Ureklyan (as G.A. El-Reghistan) & Sergey Mikhalkov (as S.V. Mikhalkov)
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Seen it 8 times -- and it never gets old
2 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee 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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