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Crimson Tide (1995)

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On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (story), Richard P. Henrick (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Hunter
Gene Hackman ... Ramsey
Matt Craven ... Zimmer
George Dzundza ... Cob
Viggo Mortensen ... Weps
James Gandolfini ... Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Rocky Carroll ... Lt. Westergaurd
Jaime Gomez ... Ood Mahoney (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Michael Milhoan ... Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder ... TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci ... Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato ... Russell Vossler (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Eric Bruskotter ... Bennefield
Ricky Schroder ... Lt. Paul Hellerman (as Rick Schroder)
Steve Zahn ... William Barnes
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Storyline

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Danger runs deep See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marea roja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,612,190, 14 May 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All American submarines actually have two crews termed Blue and Gold crews, named for the official Navy colors. This system of alternating crews was developed to maximize the strategic value and sustainability of the ships while allowing for a quality of life for the men who manned them. When one crew returned from a two or possibly three month patrol, the alternate crew would then assume and refit the ship to continue it's patrol while the relieved crew was released for R&R. Both crews have completely different enlisted men, chiefs, officers, and captains. The film suggests that Alabama had only one crew and one captain when in fact there were always two. See more »

Goofs

Ramsey strikes Hunter on the left side of his face when Hunter refuses to give him the missile key after being asked a second time, leaving him with a cut on his cheek. At the subsequent hearing at Pearl Harbor, the cut has disappeared. But taken that it was another several days before the USS Alabama got back to the US, given the cut on Hunter's cheek plenty of time to heal. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ramsey: God help you if you're wrong.
Hunter: If I'm wrong, then we're at war; God help us all.
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Alternate Versions

The English language version includes a scene where Lt. Cmdr. Hunter (Denzel Washington) breaks up a fight between two sailors. One of the two men tells Hunter that they were arguing over which version of the character Silver Surfer was best, the one drawn by Jack Kirby or the one by Moebius. In the Italian version the comic book character over which the two men are fighting have been changed to Betty Boop and Felix the Cat. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Enemy of the State' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

PIANO SONATA NO.14 OP.27 NO.2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Tatiana Nikolayeva
Courtesy of Olympia Compact Discs Ltd.
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Very well made military drama
28 May 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

The suspense is relentless in this believable, tense and superbly acted war drama. One of the best modern war movies I have seen, Crimson Tide is a story about strained loyalty, respect, command, discipline, power, and military practice. Hackman and Washington are perfectly cast as an older battle-hardened nuclear submarine captain and his younger, less experienced but highly educated executive officer, caught in a crisis of potentially world-threatening proportions. Pursued by an enemy submarine, the USS Alabama has nuclear warheads aimed and ready to fire as a pre-emptive strike against a Russian rebel commanding his own nuclear arsenal. The Alabama is commanded to launch, and begins preparations, but the enemy sub attacks, knocking out all communications just as a second command is being received. The nature of that second command and what to do about then becomes the key problem that the Captain and XO have to deal with. Suffice to say, they do not agree on how to proceed, and the remainder of the film is a struggle between the two men and those who support each, in a crippled but still lethal sub, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

What's is amazing about Michael Schiffer's story is its plausibility. The basic scenario upon which the script is based could happen. The cast - all of them - are spectacular, and the directing is masterful. Although some of the behavior of the men aboard the Alabama seems improbable at times, given the military realities of chain of command and discipline, the sheer performance power of this film's cast and production team make it all seem very real and extremely compelling. the characters are HUGE, complex, and real. More than just a cautionary tale, this is a very human drama about who people become under extreme conditions, and how they work out problems to reach solutions, or fail to do so. If that final sentence sounds cryptic, then let it entice you to see the film so you can figure out what I mean for yourself.


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