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Hostile Waters 

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In October 1986, a Soviet submarine carrying nuclear missles collides with an American nuclear submarine off the coast of Bermuda.


David Drury


Troy Kennedy-Martin (as Troy Kennedy Martin)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Capt. Britanov
Martin Sheen ... Aurora Skipper
Max von Sydow ... Admiral Chernavin
Colm Feore ... Pshenishny
Rob Campbell ... Sergei Preminin
Harris Yulin ... Admiral Quinn
Regina Taylor ... Lieutenant Curtis
John Rothman ... Aurora Exec. Officer
Michael Attwell ... Kuzmenko
Dominic Monaghan ... Sasha
Peter Guinness ... Vladimirov
James E. Kerr James E. Kerr ... Aznabaev
Alexis Denisof ... John Baker
William Marsh William Marsh ... Acoustics Officer
Seamus McQuade Seamus McQuade ... Helmsman


The True story of how an antiquated Soviet Project 667a "Yankee" Class Submarine, K-219 collides with a Hunter Killer "Los Angeles" Class American submarine causing a leakage in the K-219's missile bays, almost leading to nuclear meltdown in it's reactors off the shores of Bermuda. Written by Naashak

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We were seconds from death and we didn't know it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and peril | See all certifications »

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Had an unusually high budget for a one off made for TV drama at the time (approx. $5 million) hence this being a BBC/HBO co-production with additional assistance from a German production company. The budget, whilst significant, was well used by the production team who utilised some dormant sets from previous productions to give the film a cinematic look belying it's TV movie roots. See more »


The Admiral addresses a Lieutenant Commander in the situation room as "Lieutenant." See more »


Capt. Britanov: Good Morning Pshenishny. You smell wonderful today. Are you wearing aftershave?
[as he walks away]
Capt. Britanov: How are things in Moscow?
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Referenced in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) See more »

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A decent movie, but not great
19 June 2001 | by scotty-37See all my reviews

This movie is worth looking at if you can catch it on HBO or something without too much bother.

*** Warning: I talk about the ending of the movie, so if you're going to be bothered, don't read further. ***

I found some of the movie a little annoying because it builds suspense for too long at times without really having anything much going on. The final scenes where they are trying to lower the rods in the nuclear reactor just go on for too long--especially since there are a bunch of people in the reactor room who just stand around and gawk instead of helping the one guy actually lower the rods.

Even though it has flaws, this movie does well with a small budget and is still much more interesting than a lot of hollywood movies with much bigger budgets. It's not a classic, but it's worth seeing if you just want something to watch for the night.

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Release Date:

26 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguas turbulentas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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