The Hunt for Red October

March 2nd, 1990


The Hunt for Red October

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

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.6/10 (72,828 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: John McTiernan

Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn

Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller.

Writers: Tom Clancy, Larry Ferguson

Sean Connery - Marko Ramius
Alec Baldwin - Jack Ryan
Scott Glenn - Bart Mancuso
Sam Neill - Captain Vasili Borodin
James Earl Jones - Admiral Greer
Joss Ackland - Andrei Lysenko
Richard Jordan - Jeffrey Pelt
Peter Firth - Ivan Putin
Tim Curry - Dr. Yevgeniy Petrov
Courtney B. Vance - Seaman Jones
Stellan Skarsgård - Captain Viktor Tupolev
Jeffrey Jones - Skip Tyler
Timothy Carhart - Bill Steiner
Larry Ferguson - Chief of the Boat
Fred Dalton Thompson - Admiral Painter

Taglines: The hunt is on.

Release Date: 2 March 1990

Filming Locations: California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,161,835 (USA) (4 March 1990) (1225 Screens)

Gross: $199,200,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When the movie was first released on VHS in 1991, the tapes were red.

Factual errors: When the submarine is leaving the harbor Ramius is shown wearing parade uniform. While being very good-looking it is also inconvenient inside a sub and cold. On a mission, Soviet and Russian submariners wore a different kind of uniform consisting of a thick black jacket and a hat.

Seaman Jones: COB, we don't have time for sea stories. I was just teaching Seaman Beaumont, here, the intracacies of modern sonar, now...
Watson: [chuckling] Yea, and I ain't Chief Of the Boat, I'm actually Sheena, queen of the jungle!

User Review

A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.

Rating: 10/10

It's almost 10 years now but I am still awed by the caliber of the film. McTiernan has made a moderately good book by Clancy into an outstanding political thriller.

The complexity of the film is particularly challenging. Clancy plots are notorious for beginning with several different threads that interweave somewhere in the book. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson takes apart those threads and models a film based on dual protagonists, Connery and Baldwin. The myriad of supporting actors (including current TN Sen. Fred Thompson) that appear on screen subsequently all have distinct but nonetheless crucial roles to the plot.

Baldwin, in what is and will probably be his career best role ever, shines as the intelligent and patriotic Jack Ryan, a thinking man's hero. Connery lends incredible presence, as usual, to his interpretation of Ramius.

A pure masterpiece.


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