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The Command (2018)

Kursk (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 21 June 2019 (USA)
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The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg

Writers:

Robert Rodat, Robert Moore (based on Robert Moore's book "A Time to Die")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Mikhail Averin
Léa Seydoux ... Tanya Averina
Peter Simonischek ... Admiral Vyacheslav Grudzinsky
August Diehl ... Anton Markov
Max von Sydow ... Vladimir Petrenko
Colin Firth ... Commodore David Russell
Bjarne Henriksen ... Russian Rescue Ship Captain
Magnus Millang ... Oleg Lebedev
Artemiy Spiridonov ... Misha Averin
Joel Basman ... Leo
Pit Bukowski ... Maxim
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Pavel Sonin
Tom Hudson ... Roman
Chris Pascal Chris Pascal ... Niko
Kristof Coenen ... Sasha
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The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense disaster-related peril and disturbing images, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,468,441
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Vinterberg had to move away from reality on certain points in order to bring a dramatic breath to his film. See more »

Goofs

27 minutes into the film (the explosions already have happened), while the survivors scramble for solutions, Mikhail (the main character) shouts orders to another compartment, using what is supposed to be an intercom, a red box mounted to the sub's bulkhead. The box is in fact an American World-War 2 military VHF receiver, model BC-603. It was used by the American Signal Corps. The original color is army-green, but the props department painted it red. See more »


Soundtracks

The Sailor's Band
Written by Ernst Anschütz
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The movie is really good, but it does not tell the whole story.
7 September 2018 | by sergey-vasilyev2007See all my reviews

The movie is really good, but it does not tell the whole story.

The director explains it by telling that he wanted to show the humanity of the Kursk's crew members from one side, and the bureaucracy of the upper military officials on the other side. And that he wanted to leave the politics out of the movie.

In my opinion, the director missed one important fact from the Kursk's story. As you know, the sailors in Russia are drafted to serve in NAVY. And many of them are not willing to sacrifice their lives for sake of competition between superpowers. This movie misses the fact that sailors in one sinking compartment heavily beaten their officer who closed the door between the compartments, thus preventing them to escape from the doomed compartment. This fact was discovered by investigators after reading the note found on the drown officer. I think, this fact should have been reflected in the movie, too.

The second important fact is that all families of dead sailors received, first time in the history, serious monetary compensation (ten-year salary) and apartment for living in major Russian cities. And almost all of them accepted this compensation, and we cannot blame them for that!


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