• K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

K-19: The Widowmaker

Release Date: July 19th, 2002

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2002

PG-13 |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

Follows Captain Alexi Vostrikov (Harrison Ford) who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take over command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19, pride of the Soviet Navy. His assignment: Prepare the K-19 for sea and take her out on patrol -- no matter what the cost. But problems with the K-19 arise that may lead to a core meltdown and explosion that will certainly kill all aboard, and possibly trigger a nuclear war. Vostrikov must choose between his orders and the lives of his men.

Cast: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel, Donald Sumpter, Tim Woodward, Steve Nicholson

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: National Geographic Society, Palomar, First Light Production, New Regency Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1960s, Dark, Escape, Tense, Rescue, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Bigelow gives this film edge, tension and something you aren't expecting: a woman's touch for teasing out the buried emotion beneath those stoic surfaces. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    I don't think that a woman behind the camera necessarily affects the tenor of what is on screen, but never before have I seen a men-of-war film more notable for its psychology than its spectacle. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    There is one surprise in the movie, a decision having nothing to do with the reactor, that depends entirely on the ability of the characters to act convincingly under enormous pressure; casting stars of roughly equal weight helps it to work. show more

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