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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

In November 1984, the Soviet Union'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?

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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. Written by Anonymous

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Invisible. Silent. Stolen. See more »


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Jagd auf 'Roter Oktober'  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$122,012,643 (USA)
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Trivia

Harrison Ford turned down the role of Jack Ryan, as he felt the script focused too heavily on Captain Ramius, played by Sean Connery. Ford had previously played Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). His father, Henry Jones, Sr. was played by Connery. See more »

Goofs

Captain Ramius wears 5 rows of 4 ribbons on his uniform. One of medals on his uniform is the "Trans-Arctic Service Medal", issued to Soviet crews in the Arctic Fleet during World War II. Furthermore, Ramius wears a Labor Service decoration for Farming. It is highly unlikely that Ramius would have been awarded either of these decorations given his background and age. The last 2 ribbons in the bottom row are two DIFFERENT classes of the Medal "For Impeccable Service" (both the third class [10 year] AND second class [15 year] variants) when he should only be wearing the most recent. As well as all that, there are FOUR ribbons in the array that are DUPLICATED (4&5 [MAY be both the 'Order of Glory' and 'Victory over Germany' medals {in which case they're in the wrong order}], 7&8 [Unknown], 10&11 ["Defence of the Soviet Transarctic"], 12&13 ["For Strengthening of Brotherhood in Arms"]) It must also be noted that as the 'Defence of the Soviet Transarctic' was only issued between 1941 and 1944, Ramius must have been in the military for 40+ years by this time (mid-late 80's), and is thus MISSING several important ribbons or is wearing the wrong variants. (30 year Jubillee medal [1948] is missing, the 50 year jubilee at #16 has the wrong color blue [should be light blue, like the ribbon at #3], the 40 & 60 year jubilee's are at #15 & #17 respectively) See more »

Quotes

Jack Ryan: I've got a line on those doors. You know what they are?
Admiral James Greer: A nearly silent propulsion system?
Jack Ryan: [taken aback] How did you know that?
Admiral James Greer: The captain of the sub we had following her radioed in. Thing up and disappeared right in front of 'em.
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The words "Red October" are first spelled in Russian, with the Cyrillic alphabet, before being replaced with the English words. See more »


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By Basil Poledouris
Courtesy of Orion Pictures Corp.
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A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.
24 February 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

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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