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The film starts out in Russian, then switches to English, in an early scene, as the political officer reads a passage from a book, which contains a quote from Robert Oppenheimer. The switch occurs on the word "Armageddon", which is the same in both languages, but pronounced differently. See more »
In the scene in the officer's Mess (approximately 46 minutes in), Borodin asks the doctor to get the radiation test data. In the background a kitchen crewman (possibly cook's assistant Loganoff?) in a white cook's outfit can be seen tending to the buffet. Borodin escorts the doctor to the door and locks it behind him. The crewman in white has now disappeared and the officers begin to discuss the political officer's death in private. Update: Note that when the kitchen crewman is visible in the background, he leaves the frame to the right, which would be in the direction of the door of the officer's Mess (which was open at the time), so it is entirely possible for him to have left so the officers can eat in private. See more »
I'll give you three days to prove your theory correct. After that... we'll have to hunt down Ramius and destroy him. Will you do it?
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Stanley (Sally Ryan's stuffed bear) is credited as "Himself" See more »
A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.
It's almost 10 years now but I am still awed by the caliber of the film. McTiernan has made a moderately good book by Clancy into an outstanding political thriller.
The complexity of the film is particularly challenging. Clancy plots are notorious for beginning with several different threads that interweave somewhere in the book. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson takes apart those threads and models a film based on dual protagonists, Connery and Baldwin. The myriad of supporting actors (including current TN Sen. Fred Thompson) that appear on screen subsequently all have distinct but nonetheless crucial roles to the plot.
Baldwin, in what is and will probably be his career best role ever, shines as the intelligent and patriotic Jack Ryan, a thinking man's hero. Connery lends incredible presence, as usual, to his interpretation of Ramius.
A pure masterpiece.
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