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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER sweats with high-tech anxiety and the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!
Before Harrison Ford assumed the mantle of playing Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan hero in Patriot Games, Alec Baldwin took a swing at the character in this John McTiernan film and hit one to the fence. If less instantly sympathetic than Ford, Baldwin is in some respects more interesting and nuanced as Ryan, and drawing comparisons between both actors' performances can make for some interesting postmovie discussion. That aside, The Hunt for Red October stands alone as a uniquely exciting adventure with a fantastic costar: Sean Connery as a Russian nuclear submarine captain attempting to defect to the West on his ship. Ryan must figure out his true motives for approaching the U.S. McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) made an exceptionally handsome movie here with action sequences that really do take one's breath away. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Harrison Ford plays the Russian commander in K19 and plays a more convincing role. The Russian commander in Red October is played by Sean Connery who plays Sean Connery, basically the same character he plays in every movie. Listening to Connery English/Scottish accent trying to emulate a Russian accent is kind of humorous. Same with Same Neill. Baldwin does his typical manic style of acting, which I usually like, but seems a bit over the top in this movie.
Red October clearly had a bigger budget than K19, but K19 did more with what they had. I would call Red October more of a Popcorn style of adventure movie, meaning enough action, sets, special effects, middling suspense and adequate acting for its 135 minutes length. After all any movie that has Tim Curry playing a Russian doctor, pretty well tells you the level of drama the studio was aiming for. It was enjoyable for what it was but it's not likely that I'll watch this one a second time.
The film’s cinematography is excellent – well, apart from what appears to me to be a rather poor green screen shot in the final scene. It can’t be easy to film the bulk of a movie within the close quarters of a submarine – granted, the Red October is pretty freakin’ huge for a sub, but it’s still a sub. Director John McTiernan may be known for blowing up everything in sight in Die Hard, but there really are no extravagant special effects in this movie.Read more ›
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This DVD replaced the original video of many years ago. We were delighted that we could find a replacement. Thank you so much.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite movies. Good quality audio and visual. Not as good as if it had originally been filmed in Hi-Def but a good transfer anyway. RecommendedPublished 4 months ago by Fred T.
I enjoyed watching this movie...Sean Connery is one of my choice actors.Published 6 months ago by Fraser
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