• The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The Hunt for Red October

Release Date: February 28th, 1990

DVD Release Date: December 1st, 1998

PG |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

Based on the popular Tom Clancy novel, this suspenseful movie tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) as he abandons his orders and heads for the east coast of the United States. Equipped with innovative stealth technology, Ramius' submarine, "Red October," is virtually invisible. However, when an American sub briefly detects the Russians' presence, CIA agent Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) sets out to determine Ramius' motives, fearing he may launch an attack on the U.S.

Cast: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Richard Jordan, Peter Firth

Director: John McTiernan

Genres: Action , Adventure , Thriller

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit , Doctor , Engaging , Mystery , 1980s , Tense ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    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]

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Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
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Nominated Sound
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Winner Sound Effects Editing
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)