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The Hunt For Red October (1990)

by  |  March 23rd, 2013  |  Thriller

When I was a kid, I first saw this movie, and all though I really liked this movie in and of itself, I hadn’t realized nor noticed how much more this movie really was! Now I could go in to the whole Cold War area of why this movie was so significant to me, but the truth is, is that at 8 years old I hardly knew what the Cold War was then…

As a matter of fact, despite some inkling of the trouble that seemed to be occurring way back in the day, it wasn’t until I understood from watching this movie a little bit of what was going on back in the day!

Another thing that I found that I really liked about this movie is the cast in this movie… For me, seeing this movie for the first time, I actually hadn’t really gotten to know who most of these people were, and since then have been fans of everyone from this movie, (the only one that I happened to know about was James Earl Jones (Star Wars), and that was because I had seen both Star Wars (1977) and Field Of Dreams (1989) before I had ever heard of this movie.

The last thing that I thought that I would mention is that this movie is actually based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name… And like the majority of titles in film that are based on novels, if you haven’t yet read the novel, but want to do both, then I highly recommend watching the movie first and the reading the novel… Because the truth is, is that where as the movie is good, the book is great!

Written by: Larry Ferguson (Highlander), Donald Stewart (Missing), and Directed by: John McTiernan (Predator). Starring: Sean Connery (Dr. No), Alec Baldwin (Mercury Rising), Sam Neill (The Tudors), Tim Curry (Clue), Courtney B. Vance (Dangerous Minds), Stellan Skarsgård (The Glass House), Jeffery Jones (Stay Tuned), and Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2).

The Hunt For Red October tells the story of how near the end of the cold war, a prototype Soviet nuclear submarine by the name of, ‘Red October’, a ‘missle’ submarine that has attached to it, a motor that allows for the entire submarine to go completely silent… So when during its maiden voyage, Captain Marko Ramius (Connery) and his senior staff end up going rouge with the intention of taking the sub to the Americans and defecting to the American side…

Captain Marko Ramius (Connery) with Captain Vasili Borodin (Neill) as they are setting sail on the, ‘Red October’

Unfortunately this doesn’t go over well with the Russians, and the closer and closer that Ramius and his crew get to the United States coast, the closer and closer that the world is going to descend in to World War 3! The only person that can help is an ex-Marine by the name of, ‘Jack Ryan’ (Baldwin), who ends up figuring out what Ramius is doing, and since he is working for the CIA analyst, ends up getting his boss to send him off to the only sub that seems to be having some success in finding him…

Now it will be up to Ryan and the crew of this lone American sub, to find Ramius and get him safely to the United States, while faking Ramius and his crews death, so that he can avert World War 3!

Captain Ramius as he meets with Jack Ryan (Baldwin), and Captain Bart Mancuso (Glenn), as they make preparations to start the defections!

The last thing that I thought that I would mention here, is that Jan De Bont (Speed) did the cinematography for the movie!

All in all, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, then you might want to check this one… It is a fun one!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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