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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.

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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Vladimir Putin's character was cut from the film before an actor was cast for the role. Putin, who was just three months into the job as Russian president when the tragedy occurred in 2000, was slated to appear as a supporting character in at least five scenes in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, EuropaCorp's president, Luc Besson, wanted to shift the story's focus to the rescue mission rather than the politics behind the disaster. One theory is that nobody at EuropaCorp wanted to be hacked. "Remember The Interview (2014)?", a source said, referring to the Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen-directed comedy that angered Kim Jong-un and is believed to have sparked the infamous Sony hack in 2014. Ironically, the Russian leader is sympathetically portrayed in the original Kursk script, which highlighted why he took the tragedy personally (Putin's father was a submariner). 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

Choir Song - Kursk Wedding / Kursk Burial
Lyrics by Natalia Aigui, Alexei Aigui
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Executive Producer: Alexei Aigui obo Façonneurs de Mémoire
(c) Maltazard Publishing
(p) 2018 VIA EST
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Keys On Preventable Human Tragedy...Straightforward & Simply Told
3 March 2019 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Most know about the Kursk incident yet know little otherwise. A terrible Cold War accident in which one of Russia's cutting edge subs sank due to an internal explosion - with survivors. The surviving crew was detected by the Russians who wouldn't ask for crucial help in the short window of saving those still alive. Expected? Well it's not a project such as The International Space Station - vastly different long-standing veils of secrecy dictate the Russian's inept posturing and faulty decisions. This is the story we haven't, mostly, been aware of. It's chilling as it depicts the human cost. This movie seems to pull few punches and doesn't bow to Hollywood-like bombast. It isn't meant to entertain so much as to enlighten with respectful homage given the crew. It succeeds and is a film that is easy to highly recommend.


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