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The Hunt For Red October [1990] (1 disc)
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Director:John McTiernan
Writer:Donald Stewart
Larry Ferguson
Composer:Basil Poledouris
Length:135 minutes
(2 hours 15 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A Soviet submarine commander goes rogue and heads straight for US waters.


Reaction: This is a great movie that could easily have been overly political, but finds a drama that connects well with the audience.


Personal Rating: 10/10

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John McTiernan => Director
Donald Stewart => Writer
Larry Ferguson => Writer
Basil Poledouris => Composer
Tom Clancy => Novel
Alec Baldwin => Jack Ryan
Courtney B. Vance => Sonarman 2nd Class Ronald Jones
Daniel Davis => Captain Davenport
Fred Dalton Thompson => Admiral Painter
Gates McFadden => Caroline Ryan
James Earl Jones => Admiral James Greer
Jeffrey Jones => Oliver Wendell 'Skip' Tyler
Joss Ackland => Ambassador Andrei Lysenko
Peter Firth => Political Officer Ivan Yurevich Putin - Red October
Richard Jordan => Dr. Jeffrey Pelt
Rick Ducommun => Navigator C-2A
Sam Neill => Captain 2nd Rank Vasily Borodin
Scott Glenn => Commander Bart Mancuso
Sean Connery => Captain Marko Ramius
Stellan Skarsgård => Captain Tupolev
Tim Curry => Dr. Petrov

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The bible verses that Putin reads at the beginning of his conversation with Ramius come from Revelation 16:16-17.
  • $20,000 was spent on Sean Connery's hairpiece.
  • Most of Gates McFadden's role as Cathy Ryan was deleted from the final print.
  • Kevin Costner was originally cast as Jack Ryan.
  • The enlisted crew of the Red October consisted of several midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. These extras were paid extra to shave their heads.
  • Daniel Davis plays the captain of the warship USS Enterprise. In 1988 he guest-starred in [Star Trek: The Next Generation], a series set on board a spaceship also called the USS Enterprise.
  • The underwater model of the Red October has never been in the water. This effect was achieved using smoke on the 'underwater' set and a few digital touch-ups. The sub was hung by 12 wires from an overhead grid which gave the ability to tilt and turn the model as needed.
  • Jack Ryan takes a teddy bear home with him at the end of the film. McClane has one at the start of Die Hard (it's the same bear).
  • While preparing for his role in the film, Scott Glenn met the captain of the U.S.S. Salt Lake City. Glenn then composited the captain into Bart Mancuso.
  • To help the audience quickly grasp which sub's interior they were seeing as the movie jumped from scene to scene and sub to sub, the filmmakers created a subtle lighting scheme: red for Dallas, blue for Red October, and green for the other Russian sub.