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Crimson Tide (Bilingual)

Denzel Washington , Gene Hackman , Tony Scott    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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You can almost hear the studio pitch meeting echoing throughout Crimson Tide like the sonar on the soundtrack: "It's The Cain Mutiny on a nuclear submarine!" When radio communications problems aboard the USS Alabama prevent the sub from receiving its orders clearly during a tense confrontation with Russian warships, Navy officer Denzel Washington faces a huge ethical dilemma: countermand the orders of legendary Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman) to fire nuclear missiles, or follow his command and risk launching an unprovoked nuclear war. It's really an actors' picture, and the fun is in the fireworks between Washington and Hackman, each of whose characters articulates solid reasoning behind his decision. There are no easy villains, and there's no easy way to tell right from wrong--that's what makes the nuclear stakes so terrifying. Director Tony Scott (who directed Quentin Tarantino's True Romance script) called in Tarantino to punch up the dialogue, which is why, for example, the sailors talk about Silver Surfer comic books. The digital video disc is in anamorphic widescreen; the sonorous underwater rumblings on the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack will provide you with a good opportunity to show off your system's bass response. --Jim Emerson

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2.0 out of 5 stars isn't fit to scrape barnacles off "Das Boot" July 6 2004
Format:DVD
I didn't think it was possible for there to exist a badly-made submarine movie, but I watched this and realized I was wrong. If you know anything about submarines, you'll not like this film very much. Examples? Ok, how about this: The boat (sub's are referred to as "boats" not "ships") is crippled by a torpedo explosion, and the Chief of the Boat announces to the XO (Denzel Washington),"forward ballast tanks damaged. we've lost forward air". The next moment, the boat's main propulsion plant is lost, and the sub is shown heading downward into the depths. Do they move the bow planes / fairwater planes or stern planes to use forward momentum to help the boat rise? NO. Do they blow after ballast (the after ballast tanks are presumably still operational)? NO. What do they do? They just ALL STAND THERE staring at the depth gauge, awaiting their arrival at "crush depth", the depth at which the surrounding pressure of the sea will be more than the pressure hull can withstand and the sub will implode and kill them all. But what saves them? Ah, someone in the Engine Room apparently flicks a switch to start the turbines again! "well, whaddya know, I've started the plant again!" Look, if you suffer an engineering casualty that causes the plant to be lost, chances are you're not going to be able to repair the cause in 5 minutes. Add to this the flimsy character development, the "musical chairs" Caine Mutiny - meets - Keystone Kops command changes, the contrived 'drama' - it's just not believable, folks.
So what to do? I recommend you rent, buy, or borrow "Das Boot" (or its very-well-dubbed version "The Boat"), come home and watch it. Immerse yourself in a real submarine drama. And deep-six this artificial-reef of a movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Hollywood war movie - ho hum March 26 2004
By Rauha
Format:DVD
It starts with rain pouring down all wrong - very dramatic but wrong. (Too much rain in front of camera, not enough three feet back; falling at wrong angle; obvious to anyone from the coast.)
Then there's the kitchen fire. Riiiight. No automatic extinguishers above the cooking surfaces. Cooks don't know how to extinguish a grease fire. What, they are cooking with materials that are so flammable even their fire extinguishers can't deal with the results? In a submarine???
Don't get me going on the conflict between the good intelligent good looking black guy and the redneck ignorant white captain. Both Washington and Hackman play steretypical roles. Just exchange Denzel Washington for Christopher Reeve and add that dumb blond and the Park Avenue address and - voila! - you have the same role with a different costume played in the same predictable way by Hackman.
If this is symbolic what the characters of American nuclear submarine seamen are like, the world is doomed.
Perfect for all you guys who have never been in any kind of real war.
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By Pha-Q
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is unbelievable, the suspense is so thick that it can be cut with a chainsaw. Denzel Washington versus Gene Hackman the chemistry is mesmerising!!! Yes the potential for WWIII is going on in the world outside of the sub. But it has already started in the U.S.S. Alabama. Washington is at his usual subtle but yet tense approach, he doesn't have to use profanity to show the power of his acting and make his point. Hackman on the other hand is intense using a very very well presented profanity ladened [lecturing]of Washington's character on several occasions through the movie. It is almost too perfect. There is some action, but it is not an action movie, suspense is the key. You don't know anything until the last ten minutes of or so of the movie. From the time Hackman says "Then shut up" it is a struggle to the finish. I have not yet seen The Hunt For Red October, so I cannot compare. I've heard it is better, I'm not sure. In my mind this is upper-echellon of the sub movie genre. Other great ones are U-571 and Run Silent, Run Deep, Das Boot among others. Crimson Tide should beat em all though!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Tension Movie Feb. 6 2004
Format:DVD
Surprisingly the most worrying thing about this movie comes at the end when it tells us that from 1996 onwards the key to launching Nuclear weapons no longer resides with the Commander of a U.S. nuclear submarine but with the President of the United States. Given that Bush is in power that should be enough to scare the living Jesus out of anyone and maybe the Hackman's of the world should be given back the responsibility as long there is a Washington beside him who is ready to turn around say "King Kong ain't got nothin' on me!"
Not since John Carpenter's "The Thing" has there been a damn fine movie about paranoia and tension. Crimson Tide does all that in aces and then some more. Basically the premise is about a Commander and an XO of a nuclear submarine that are given orders to set sail and be prepared for EAMs (Emergency Action Messages) that will tell them if and when they should launch the Big One. One action message tells them to launch. The second is scrambled beyond all recognition. This leads to a standoff between the Commander and the XO and a crew split over whose orders they should follow.
So basically it is high-octane ping pong as the two commanders go back and forth, debating what they should do, putting guns to each others head, dodging torpedoes and generally trying to toe the official navy line while at the same time breaking all the rules in the book. The script is good except for some inappropriate references to Star Trek but all the actors do a good job with the roles they are given and Hackman performs to the point where we remember again why he is A-list material. Washington is on form and makes a good piece of opposition, but can not prevent the Hack from walking circles around him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie
Published 12 days ago by Eric Goodridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimson Tide the movie was received and enjoyed. Good deal.
This movie has a great cast and good plot. Is well done and am glad to see it again. Thanks again.
Published 7 months ago by Gary Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Great movie! Unfortunately no extras on the Blu ray but it was so good to watch this classic in hd.
Published 8 months ago by wilson quan
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual to happen
If what took place may take place during a war , then it's not an easy situation and not applicable at all , situation is so serious in such events and high rank command should be... Read more
Published 15 months ago by mmsmasmzs
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining,intense and thought provoking(4.5/5)
i really liked this movie.i'm not really fond of Tony Scott's directing style.at least his last few films.but Scott is fairly restrained for this 1995 film. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just a movie (entertainment!!)
I have watched this movie about ten times over the last five years. Here we are in 2006 and I decided to see the reviews on this movie for the first time. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2006 by D. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars BATTLESTATIONS!
This movie starts off with the plot of a possible World War III against Russia. From going deep into enemy territory to a power struggle between the Captain (Gene Hackman) and the... Read more
Published on March 13 2006 by Peter Vrzovski
1.0 out of 5 stars Hoovers the greasy tool!
This movie sucks. It's a disservice to the men of the US Submarine Service. Let's look at what's wrong with this movie. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A JOKE
I am an American Submariner. The Boat I was on at the time this "movie" premiered in Canada was invited to partake in the first showing. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Hackman & Washington Chew Up the Screen
Superior performances by Denzel and Gene. Good supporting performances by Tony Soprano and Gandalf. Great tension. Perfect Tarantino dialogue. Lots of nice realistic touches. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by J
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