Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
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
At one point in the film, a sonar operator mentions a Soviet "Akula" class submarine. There are two different Soviet/Russian submarine classes referred to by that name: the Project 971 attack submarine known to the Russians as the Shchuka ("Pike") has the NATO code name Akula. The Project 941 missile submarine, NATO codename Typhoon, is named the "Akula" class in Russian. U.S. Navy personnel would usually use the NATO code-names, so the submarine under discussion, is an attack boat. See more »
In a conversation between Ramsey and Hunter Ramsey say "Ricover gave me my command, a checklist, a target and bottom to push, if the movie takes place in 1995 that would have been impossible as the man that Ramsey refers to is Admiral Hyman G. Rickover and he died in 1986. See more »
[asking about the radio repair]
How long's it gonna take?
I don't know, sir.
You know what's going on here?
No I don't think you do. Let me explain it to you. If we launch, and we're wrong, what's left of Russia is gonna launch at us. There will be a nuclear holocaust beyond imagination, now it's all about knowing, Mr...
[Hunter looks at Vossler's name patch]
Vossler. We have to know whether our order to launch has been recalled or not. The only way we're gonna know, is if you fix that ...
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I love this film for it's intensity,particularly the intense relationship of the characters portrayed by Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington.They are two men at odds in the worst of situations;the possibility of war.It all involves an incomplete transmission.It could mean war,it could mean nothing at all.What do you do?You could strike your enemy before he strikes you,but would the strike be uncalled for? It's the not knowing that creates the intensity.Hackman and Washington are excellent actors,which goes without saying since they are both Oscar winners,and they play off of each other extremely well in this film. This fact alone makes it a must see,but the film's content is equally as impressive.
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