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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

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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

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Taglines:

In the face of the ultime nuclear showdown, one man has absolute power and one man will do anything to stop him See more »

Genres:

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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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Notable Quentin Tarantino script contributions included Hunter calling himself Captain Kirk, dialogue about submarine films The Enemy Below (1957) and Run Silent Run Deep (1958), and Hunter cornering Rivetti about his argument with Bennefield over whether Jack Kirby or Jean Giraud was the better artist to draw the Silver Surfer. See more »

Goofs

The orientation of the oncoming torpedoes is always the same when shown on the sonar scope, yet the crew indicate that the torpedoes' course has changed drastically. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ramsey: We have orders in hand. Those orders are to make a pre-emptive launch. Every second that we lose increases the chances that by the time our missiles arrive, their silos could be empty because they've flown their birds and struck us first.
Hunter: Yes sir.
Capt. Ramsey: You know as well as I do that any launch order received without authentication, is no order at all.
Hunter: Yes sir.
Capt. Ramsey: That's our number one rule.
Hunter: [tries to get a word in] National mil...
Capt. Ramsey: And that rule is the basis for the scenario we've trained on, time and ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Additional scenes in the new extended cut:
  • Slightly longer scene at Hunter's daughter's birthday party.
  • We see Zimmer saying goodbye to his wife/girlfriend at the base.
  • A scene with COB getting a haircut and telling a dirty joke.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Double-Edged Sword (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Words by William Whiting
Music by John B. Dykes ("Melita")
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One Of The Best Submarine Movies...
11 February 2004 | by underfire35See all my reviews

As CRIMSON TIDE opens we visit various crew members of the USS Alabama as they bid farewell to their loved ones. For one man, Lt. Cmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington), it will be his first time as second in command of a nuclear submarine. Capt. Frank Ramesy (Gene Hackman) is in charge and is not shy about letting everyone know. He is a seasoned veteran, as juxtaposed with the young idealistic Hunter. The early scenes do much to set up the main conflict of the film. For example when members of the crew discuss Carl Von Clausewitz, and his 1832 work Vom Kriege ("On War"), the intellectual showdown occurs between Ramesy and Hunter. This scene not only heightens the tension, but also reveals the different philosophies of these two men, what they believe in, why they are there. This short scene goes a long way to setting up why each of these characters are so unbending when the crisis presents itself.

The Crisis: The ship has been damaged and the EAM contact that has been received is disjointed. The Russian force (who is never very carefully explained) is fueling rockets for use against the US. That's all they know. The captain wants to surface and fire, Hunter thinks he's wrong. Factions form, but the film does a good job presenting a good argument for both desicions (although you get the sense that the film makers lean towards the "dove" side rather than the "hawks"). As tensions mount, there are various shifts in power and the crew stands divided. Every member of the crew watching as the minutes tick by, closer and closer to the final moment of truth...

Hackman is at the top of his form here as the relentlessly tough Ramesy. When given a good script with room to work, there is few better at creating a solid performance. The looks he gives, the way he uses his eyes, his speech patterns, simply wonderful to watch. Washington is just as good as Hunter, and the showdown between these two men, near the end, sends sparks flying off the screen. The rest of the cast is filled out with strong actors: Matt Craven, George Dzundza, (pre LOTR's) Viggo Mortensen, and (pre 'Sopranos') James Gandolfini.

As is well known, the script received various rewrites from Robert Towne (the Clausewitz scene), Steve Zaillian, and Quentin Tarantino (the Silver Surfer references, the scene where the crew chimes in about other submarine movies). All these different contributions blends fairly well together. The story is tough and direct, and touches on points that heighten the tension. The photography, by Dariusz Wolski (DARK CITY, THE CROW), is tight and atmospheric; Hans Zimmer's score pounding and reflective. The VIP vote, however, goes to Tony Scott, who proves himself with this film. He knows when to hold shots and doesn't rush the action (as he did with TOP GUN); he paces the film well and let's his actors work for him. CRIMSON TIDE is an entertaining and challenging film that, along with films like THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and DAS BOOT, may set the high water mark (forgive the pun) for the genre. 9/10.


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