6.7/10
54,594
277 user 122 critic

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 19 July 2002 (USA)
Trailer
2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

Louis Nowra (story), Christopher Kyle (screenplay)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

U-571 (2000)
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel
Crimson Tide (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven
Firewall (2006)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A security specialist is forced into robbing the bank that he's protecting, as a bid to pay off his family's ransom.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Harrison Ford, Virginia Madsen, Paul Bettany
Air Force One (1997)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A look at the process of creating the illusion of the sub breaking through ice.

Stars: Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Field, Stephen Rosenbaum
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Robin Monroe, a New York magazine editor, and the gruff pilot Quinn Harris must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
Patriot Games (1992)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley
Witness (1985)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas
Edit

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 ... 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Fate has found its hero.

Genres:

Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,459, 21 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,168,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,547,160
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Spruell later went on to portray one of the key villains in Taken 3, which had Liam Neeson as the series' lead. See more »

Goofs

In the graveyard scene, near the end of the film, the boom mic can be seen reflected in one of the character's hats. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Exploring the Craft: Make-Up Techniques (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Mambo
Written by Gerhard Trede
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Definitely worth a look.
14 October 2007 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee all my reviews

There is a scene early on in this film that pretty much sums up the risk that the crew of the new submarine of record will be taking. The officers are sitting around enjoying some vodka and one of them brings up the cosmonaut hero Yuri Gagarin. He offers the rumor that Gagarin was not in fact the first man sent into space. He was simply the first guy who made it back alive. And the crew of this brand new nuclear sub will face similar danger as their hastily prepared vessel will be pushed to the limit in order to impress both the politburo, and make the Americans take note of its existence. The boat has not even left the dock before it has claimed a handful of lives, most notably the ship's doctor who is hit by a truck just before departure. The top nuclear engineer on board is also hastily replaced when he is discovered drunk on duty. And of course, the champagne bottle doesn't break during the dedication ceremony on the first hit. This is a uniformly bad omen in anyone's navy! K-19 stars two wonderful actors in Harrison Ford, and Liam Neeson. Neeson plays the boat's original captain who strongly objects to how hastily the new vessel was thrown together. Ford, who has higher political connections is put in charge of the K-19 with Neeson being demoted to executive officer. Both men are stubborn, be generally respectful to one another. Trouble is, as the film later points out, a ship can only have ONE captain. One man that the crew looks to and respects. Two such men only create tension. Once the boat leaves port, things generally go pretty well. Despite a leak or two, the boat initially holds together. Ford orders a very deep descent, and of course we are treated to one of those scenes which every submarine movie has where the entire crew looks on nervously as the boat may or may not implode under pressure. Anyway, it holds up. The K-19 then breaks through a patch of ice and has a successful test firing of a missile. Everything looks like it is going great. The crew even stops to pose for a happy picture atop the ice after a game of soccer. Of course, things begin to fall apart from there on.

First off, the nuclear reactor pretty much goes kaput. Radiation levels rise rapidly, and for a while it looks like the whole sub might explode. Making things even more drastic is the presence of an American destroyer ship that would theoretically be taken out if the sub went nuclear. Tensions between the two nations were never really much higher than they were back then, so this may have been a real possibility. Once things start going badly, the tensions between Ford and Neeson begin to magnify. A mutiny is even attempted by those loyal to Neeson. Worst of all, the attempt to fix the reactor takes the lives of a handful of the crew in a particularly gruesome fashion. The film becomes more tense as things keep getting more and more dangerous for all involved. The conclusion is somewhat logical, but it might seem a little contrived. The entire movie is loosely based on real events, but the film has too many clichés for it to really be taken too seriously. Since there is no outright warfare going on here, the script has to pretty much recycle just about every tense moment from every other submarine movie not actually involving live combat.

The acting is good, but Harrison Ford is a bit tough to swallow as a Russian. His accent needs a little work, but other than that his performance was as good as he could have done for such a part. Neeson is terrific as usual. Peter Sarsgaard also shows great promise in this early effort of his. Hats off to director Kathryn Bigelow for using the claustrophobic environment of the submarine to her advantage. It must have been a difficult shoot, but she makes it work as well as you could hope. The film lost a small fortune at the box office for whatever reason. Maybe the absence of an American lead character was too much to overcome. Anyway, it is a shame that more people have yet to see this very good film. 7 of 10 stars.

The Hound.


27 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 277 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed