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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 19 July 2002 (USA)
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When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

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Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

Louis Nowra (story), Christopher Kyle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Spruell ... Dmitri
Peter Stebbings ... Kuryshev
Christian Camargo ... Pavel
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Lapinsh
Sam Redford Sam Redford ... Vasily
Steve Nicolson Steve Nicolson ... Demichev
Liam Neeson ... Capt. Mikhail Polenin
Ravil Isyanov ... Suslov
Tim Woodward ... Partonov
Lex Shrapnel ... Kornilov
Shaun Benson ... Leonid
Kris Holden-Ried ... Anton (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Sergei
Christopher Redman ... Kiklidze
Tygh Runyan ... Maxim
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Storyline

The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. Written by Anonymous

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Fate has found its hero.

Genres:

Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

19 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

K*19: The Widowmaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Gimli, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,459, 21 July 2002

Gross USA:

$35,168,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,716,126
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The submarine used in the film was once owned by Finnish businessman J. Komulainen and was open to the public. It also was used in the Finnish television comedy Vintiöt (1994) in its opening sequence. See more »

Goofs

Reactor Officer Vadim Radtchenko says that the accident may trigger a "Thermonuclear" explosion. This is impossible because Thermonuclear explosion is a nuclear Fusion (fusing Hydrogen atoms into Helium and thus releasing energy) and obviously the nuclear reactor in the submarine is based on nuclear Fission (breaking Uranium atoms thus releasing energy). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Referenced in American Dad!: Widowmaker (2008) See more »

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Widowmaker
27 April 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

In an attempt to break from his usual sympathetic every man bit, Ford plays a blunt, powerful, hard working Russian Naval officer who is given command of a nuclear powered sub from its well liked, almost fatherly captain played by Liam Neeson. Harrison and Liam clash as only two strong willed alpha males can when they take the sub out for a spin and fight to keep it from blowing up and causing a world wide tragedy.

Based on a true story.

Ford and Neeson give solid performances to this long, murky, cold, and ultimately detached action drama that proved to be one of 2002's lesser box office endeavors. As stated before, the film suffers from a feeling of disconnection, even as numbers of brave men are sent into the nuclear reactor with improper protection ("They might as well be wearing rain coats!")

Could have been better, and it could have been a lot worse. Rent and judge for yourself. Probably mostly for fans of Ford and Neeson.


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