The Hunt for Red October

1990 "Invisible. Silent. Stolen."
7.6| 2h14m| PG| en
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A new, technologically-superior Soviet sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it — because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too.

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Cubussoli Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
UnowPriceless hyped garbage
Humaira Grant It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
Marva It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
merelyaninnuendo The Hunt For Red October3 Out Of 5The Hunt For Red October is a plot driven thriller feature about an underwater and unspoken battle between two nations that is tossed by a man with broken agendas. Despite of all the chalky and cheesy material, the plot is surprisingly mature than one would expect especially in its final act. It still doesn't suggest in any way that the writing is smart or even gripping, in fact it is the weakest link of all in its initial stages. By now, it is clear that the makers took way too much time to set in the plots and characters to its palpable surrounding where most of the act is saved by the star power and the presence of it that is immensely articulative like surfing on water. Another one of its strength would be the ability to manipulate multiple characters on screen like a puppet with a mystic air presence among them that breeds nothing but uncertainty to the viewers. The camera work is appreciative and nicely done but isn't attractive or pleasing to encounter. The adapted screenplay is not one of its pros, although its execution by the director McTiernan surpasses the shallow script in here. Connery's cunningness is challenged equally by Baldwin's attentive and humble nature along with an amazing supporting cast like Glenn, Neill and Jones. An unexpected final act, a bit western-y dialogues and the tense environment with which it feeds itself are the high points of the feature. It is rich on technical aspects like sound effects and editing whilst falls flatly on background score and visual effects. The Hunt For Red October is a neat and clean hunting for its tendency to keep the screen lit with light and breezy theme despite of being a dark nature.
slightlymad22 The Russia House (1990) Plot In A Paragraph: In November 1984, Marko Ramius (Connery) the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect, as CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) says or has he lost his mind and is about to start a war??I thought this was brilliant when it was first released. Now less so, I fell asleep the other night watching it, and at times, I was even bored this time around.The Movie is filled with a great cast, all in important roles, with important things to say. Of these, Sam Neil, Tim Curry and of course James Earl Jones are the best. Scott Glenn, Joss Ackland, Stellan Skarsgard and Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend Sven Ole Thorsen are here too. Baldwin may be my least favourite Ryan, he is just dull and lifeless, and worse ridiculous when the script turns him into an action hero, steering the Russian Submarine whilst Connery stood giving him orders, and then taking down a saboteur single handedly. Connery, wearing a $20,000 silver wig (his first hair piece since Highlander some 6 pictures before) is capable of murdering a KGB officer with a single blow, was always totally in command, his performance is full of authority and even speaks the occasional line Russian. Truthfully I think Connery is the only real reason to see this long winded adaptation. Although that is a tad harsh on Neil, who is brilliant.The hairpiece was actually controversial on set. After consulting with the wardrobe and make-up departments behind McTiernan's back, arrived on set for his first day of shoots, with his hairpiece incorporating a ponytail. Many years later, (once Connery had retired and his influence in the business had waned) McTiernan stated in an interview that he was "f***ing livid" with Connery, and that he used his considerable weight with the studio, going over the director's head to pass the alteration with producers. Connery got his way, until midway through the second day's shooting, when Director of Photography started laughing while reviewing the dailies, remarking to Connery that his ponytail looked like "a limp, swinging d**k." Connery was so annoyed, he told makeup to remove the alteration, and they re-shoot the footage. McTiernan said that the reported cost of the hairpiece, was mainly down to the cost of those subsequent re-shoots, and that the hair seen in the final movie, was merely "a ten dollar bargain from a thift shop." It certainly does not look like a $10 dollar wig.The Hunt For Red October grossed $122 million at the domestic box office, to end 1990, the 6th highest grossing movie of the year. It finished above both Arnie movies (Total Recall and Kindergarten Cop) Die Hard 2 and Back To The Future 3. When you look at the 5 movies that finished above it Ghost, Home Alone, Dances With Wolves, Pretty Women and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..... errr OK ignore the last one, lol it shows you how well this movie did.
moiolentoukoharjola Overall entertaining and interesting!But as someone who knows a bit of Russian, it is immediately clear that Connery didn't spend even an hour studying the language for this movie and is just repeating what he was told to say. It's a shame, if he had even tried with pronunciation, the movie would have been that much better. Because now his Russian sounded more like grunts and gibberish than communication
classicsoncall Just by their very nature, submarine movies have that tension filled, claustrophobic atmosphere that usually guarantees putting viewers on edge. This one had a bit of a twist; unlike classics like "Das Boot" and "The Enemy Below", the rival sub commanders aren't in a life and death battle against each other. One thing you need to be prepared for is seeing Sean Connery in the role of a Russian (actually Lithuanian) military commander, so in effect he's fighting for the other side so to speak. Except he's not. His goal is to defect to the West with a newly designed Typhoon Class Russian sub with a silent propulsion system, making it virtually undetectable to other submarines.I don't know anything about submarines, but I have to acknowledge that the picture had a pretty impressive opening scene when it displayed the immensity of the Russian vessel. The picture gets into gear fairly quickly with Captain Marko Ramius (Connery) going rogue and killing the Soviet political operative assigned to the sub. The guy's name was Putin, and if the movie were made today, I'm pretty sure that name would have to be replaced by something else, seeing as how the Russian President might take offense.The story line creates intrigue with the back and forth political dealings between American and Russian officials, the Russians suggesting that the rogue captain of 'Red October' is of a mind to launch a nuclear missile strike against the U.S. In a real life situation, I fail to see how a Jack Ryan would ever be able to convince the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the Commander was about to defect instead, but the story line here makes it seem credible enough. I haven't read the Tom Clancy novel, but my understanding is that the book places these situations in a much clearer context.Anyway, this is a fairly good thriller with a competent cast. Things get especially tense at the finale when the Red October suffers a radiation leak and has to surface to ventilate. Boarding it, the Americans have to help Ramius thwart a sabotage attempt, a scene in which Tom Clancy's perennial hero Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) rises to the occasion.