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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?

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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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2 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La caza al Octubre Rojo  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$122,012,643 (USA)
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Trivia

Navy recruiters set up booths in some theater lobbies for people to sign up to join the service, or to at least look into it. See more »

Goofs

The first attack against the Red October came by the Russian "low-altitude multi-prop" (Bear) aircraft by dropping a Russian APR-3E torpedo. In reality, this torpedo, once it enters the water, does not fire up its propulsion system until after it has homed in on and acquired its target, thus giving the Red October very little or no time to react. Therefore, it would have been unrealistic for the Red October to have the nearly four minutes it did to try to outrun it in the underwater canyons. See more »

Quotes

Admiral James Greer: [after the meeting where Jack Ryan has just explained - quite boldly - his theory that Capt. Raimus is defecting] I told you to speak your mind Jack, but Jesus
[laughing a little]
Admiral James Greer: ...!
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Stanley (Sally Ryan's stuffed bear) is credited as "Himself" See more »

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Features Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) See more »

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The Anthem of the Soviet Union
Music by Aleksandr Aleksandrov (as A.V. Aleksandrov)
Text by Gabriel Ureklyan (as G.A. El-Reghistan) & Sergey Mikhalkov (as S.V. Mikhalkov)
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Cold War hokum, but hey, it's Hollywood...
29 October 1998 | by (ireland) – See all my reviews

It's been argued that "any viewer knowing anything about navies, the Cold War or the Russian language" will be disappointed by this movie. Well, that's rather like saying that anyone who knows anything about the fine-details of cartoon animation or the biology of rodents will be disappointed by 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.'Red October', an emaciated version of a chunky Clancy novel, is a tight, sweaty thriller supported by a sterling cast;I mean, with the exception of maybe 'Beetlejuice' where else can you watch Alec Baldwin without wanting to slap his fat mug? McTiernan cuts all the flab from the base novel to present a lean little movie, and who in their right mind can possibly reprimand Connery for his accent? The man's played a British spy, an Irish cop, an Eygptian immortal and a Russian submarine captain all with the same brogue- who cares? He still portrays the role with all the nobility and world-weariness the part deserves.


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