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Crimson Tide (1995)

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On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (story), Richard P. Henrick (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Hunter
Gene Hackman ... Ramsey
Matt Craven ... Zimmer
George Dzundza ... Cob
Viggo Mortensen ... Weps
James Gandolfini ... Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Rocky Carroll ... Lt. Westergaurd
Jaime Gomez ... Ood Mahoney (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Michael Milhoan ... Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder ... TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci ... Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato ... Russell Vossler (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Eric Bruskotter ... Bennefield
Ricky Schroder ... Lt. Paul Hellerman (as Rick Schroder)
Steve Zahn ... William Barnes
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Storyline

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

On The Brink Of Nuclear War, Two Men Clash Over The Fate Of The World. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marea roja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,612,190, 14 May 1995

Gross USA:

$91,387,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,387,195
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Hollywood Pictures movie executives, to include studio President Ricardo Mestres, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott, and writers Michael Schiffer and Richard Henrick, were invited by the Navy to ride the Trident ballistic missile submarine U.S.S. Florida (SSBN-728) with the Gold Crew in 1993, to support research into the movie. The submarine crew was informed that the plot line of Crimson Tide would be "Hunt for Red October meets 2001: A Space Odyssey," where a computer on the ship was trying to launch missiles to start World War III, while the crew tries to prevent it. The crew was instructed by the Navy to demonstrate to the studio executives that there was no computer that could launch missiles. The studio was given full access to film onboard the ship, and videotaped the ship's Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander William Toti, responding to a fire drill, a flooding drill, and a missile launch, just as Denzel Washington does in the movie. When the studio forwarded the film's script to the Navy several months later, the story had changed to Denzel Washington leading a mutiny. While Bruckheimer later stated that the story was always about a mutiny, some Navy leaders blamed the ship's real XO, Toti, for planting the mutiny storyline in the producer's heads. Four years later, when the ship's XO, then Commander Toti, took command of a submarine in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Crimson Tide screenwriter Michael Schiffer was one of the attendees at his change-of-command ceremony. See more »

Goofs

Red caps would only be worn during a drill. For instance, if the boat was going through a reactor scram drill (essentially turned off), the captain would wear one if he was back in the engineering spaces. Wearing the cap is saying "I'm not really here." Ramsey is seen wearing a red cap after he has been arrested, one time when he is certainly not participating in a drill. See more »

Quotes

Bennefield: [after fighting with Rivetti] Motherfucker! Fucking guinea piece of shit.
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Alternate Versions

The English language version includes a scene where Lt. Cmdr. Hunter (Denzel Washington) breaks up a fight between two sailors. One of the two men tells Hunter that they were arguing over which version of the character Silver Surfer was best, the one drawn by Jack Kirby or the one by Moebius. In the Italian version the comic book character over which the two men are fighting have been changed to Betty Boop and Felix the Cat. See more »

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Soundtracks

EBBEN, NE ANDRO LONTANA
from LA WALLY
Written by Alfredo Catalani
Performed by Miriam Gauci, Brussels Philharmonic (as BRT Philharmonic, Brussels)
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
Courtesy of Naxos of America
by arrangement with Source/Q
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An excellent fast moving thought-provoking film
1 March 1999 | by vad-2See all my reviews

There have been few war-type films (Saving Private Ryan was another) which have been so thought-provoking. The acting and action was excellent as could be expected from such a cast so my comments are really centred on the story line and its presentation. Set in the scenario of the post-cold war Russia, which is still with us, the basic confrontation which faces every naval commander of a nuclear submarine was brought to stark reality in this film. Who has the final say when it comes to pushing the button? Dependence on technology which is not infallible highlights the weakness of humans who become its slaves rather its masters. Ultimately the stark choice between life and death, between fiction and reality can become blurred when cut off from the world inside a deep sea submarine. How many times has this happened one can only wonder. Since we are all here it can be assummed that the CExcO portrayed by Denzel Washington always won or the type of persons portrayed by Hackman do not exist. Good triumphed over evil.

I wonder what happened to the men who mutineered, they seem to have been forgiven, for an offence still punishable by death, at least in the British navy. It's easy to criticise many technical mistakes in the film and some of the improbabilities but the main points were made and shown well. This film rates just as high as Red October, which was of a similar theme but also excellent. I wonder if Burt Lancaster ever sees these films? In its day Run Silent Run Deep had a lot to recommend it, but that is for another Comment at another time when I see it again


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