The Hunt for Red October

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Synopsis

The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. Ramius sets the plot in motion when he murders his political adviser, burns his orders, and steers his sub Red October towards American waters, hoping to defect. The CIA, aware that the Red October was about to embark on an evasive mission to demonstrate its ability to avoid detection and fire its nuclear missiles upon U.S. installations, believes that Ramius is insane, and that he plans to start World War III. To cover their own behinds, the Russians back up the CIA's suspicion. Only Jack Ryan believes that Ramius' mission is not as apocalyptic as it seems -- and it is Ryan who is assigned to infiltrate the Red October to prove his theory. The sort of film that in an earlier era would have been called a thinking man's thriller, The Hunt for Red October ushered in a new series of Hollywood-produced post-Cold War adventure films, including 1995's Crimson Tide.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Sean Connery
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Scott Glenn
  • Sam Neill
  • James Earl Jones
  • Joss Ackland
  • Richard Jordan
  • Peter Firth
  • Tim Curry
  • Courtney B. Vance

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Kevin Costner turned down the role of Jack Ryan in order to make Dances with Wolves (1990). He played Thomas Harper in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Costner and Sean Connery were in The Untouchables (1987) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
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Goofs

  • The propeller of the submarine "Konovalov" (DVD-time 43'35" ca) is revolving in the wrong direction as if going backwards.
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Quotes

    • Jeffrey Pelt: Mr. Ambassador, you have nearly a hundred naval vessels operating in the North Atlantic right now. Your aircraft has dropped enough sonar buoys so that a man could walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland without getting his feet wet. Now, shall we dispense with the bull?
    • Ambassador Lysenko: You make your point as delicately as ever, Mr. Pelt.
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Metacritic

88

A skillful, efficient film that involves us in the clever and deceptive game being played by Ramius and in the best efforts of those on both sides to figure out what he plans to do with his submarine - and how he plans to do it.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

Hunt is coldly clinical rather than emotionally resonant; so is the measured ensemble work of a super cast. [2 Mar 1990, Life, p.1D]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today
75

Even when it's hard to follow, it looks good. The undersea action is visually convincing, and Ramius' submarine, with all its rooms and compartments, is always believable. The moonlit photography in the picture's final scene is stunning. [2 Mar 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle