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THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)

A blockbuster adaptation of Tom Clancy's best selling novel, Captain Marko Ramius heads the Soviet's newest nuclear sub.  Meanwhile, CIA agent Jack Ryan is assigned to hunt down the sub, that Ramius allegedly defects, bringing down the "Red October" with him.  An action-packed thriller awaits…

The cast includes: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, and Sam Neill.

Directed by: John McTiernan.

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Promotional Lines: "Invisible. Silent. Stolen." "The Hunt is on."


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A new, technologically-superior, made for surprise attack, Soviet nuclear sub is heading toward the United States, either to start a war, or to defect to the Americans.

Story Description: When a superior, brand new attack Soviet sub, "The Red October," with Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) at the helm, is reported to be making a beeline to the eastern coast of the United States, the great alarm among military and government authorities, both American and Soviet, starts a great sub hunt, because all but one lone agent, Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin), in the United States government, believe the Soviet's story that Capt. Ramius has had a breakdown, and wants to attack the U.S. This one, lone agent, Jack, has only a few hours to prove his theory that Capt. Marko Ramius and his crew merely want to defect, and give this awesome, attack submarine to the United States, so that all have the technology, which is the true reason why the Soviets want the U.S. to help sink "The Red October," as they also have sent out their entire naval and air commands out to stop the Captain's defection.

Thanks to a riveting script, by Larry Ferguson, great direction, by John McTiernan, great ensemble cast, and high production values, this film provides its audience with an exciting adventure tale, a riveting story, that "sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands," and shows how the theory of one man turned into a plan of action, how he finds out the truth about Capt. Ramius, how he proves his theory is the truth, and how this great defection was planned, after a lot of trouble and effort.

Sean Connery makes a great Soviet Captain, and plays his role with great professional aplomb, even sometimes acting in a foreign language, speaking impressive Russian, with a slight Scottish accent some experts say, but not noticeable to the majority of people. Russians speak Russian, which adds to the realism of the story, with sub-titles in English in some Russian-only scenes.

Alec Baldwin's performance was most enjoyable, as his enthusiastic, skilled portrayal of his character is convincing as the agent, and he did a great job. He also speaks Russian in some scenes, and works well with the other cast members.

Scott Glenn was perfectly cast as the skeptical, blunt, gritty sub Captain, Commander Mancusco, of "The Dallas," the U.S. sub that figured out how to track this untraceable "Red October," because of great detective work by Seaman Jones (Courtney B. Vance). Mancusco is the man who Jack has to convince not to blow up "The Red October," and give his theory a chance.

This film is greatly recommended for most audiences, with a PG rating; except really small children, who wouldn't be able to follow the story's twists and turns, or those who can't handle intense moments, or the bloodless murder at the beginning. The enjoyment of the film comes from its superb script, acting, action, adventure, and production values.

Directed by: John McTiernan. Screenplay by: Larry Ferguson & Donald Stewart, based on Novel by: Tom Clancy

Executive Producers: Larry DeWaay and Jerry Sherlock. Produced by: Mace Neufeld. Music by: Basil Poledouris.

If you enjoyed THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER you may like RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP, PATRIOT GAMES, and/or CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER.

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