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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 1990 COLD WAR ENDING FILM * * * A MUST SEE. STANDS UP AFTER NEARLY THREE DECADES, 9 May 2008
This review is from: The Hunt For Red October (Special Collector's Edition [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
Director John McTiernan gives us yet another techno thriller: THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. Sean Connery (whose Russian is too Scottish) plays Captain Marko Ramius, a much decorated Russian commander who navigates his submarine towards America in an attempt to defect. Soviet intelligence tells the Americans that Ramius went mad and plans to launch nuclear missiles at the United States. Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin in his major film acting debut), a brainy CIA analyst, believes otherwise: American spies have determined that the submarine is powered by a secret, silent engine called a "caterpillar drive."

To save the Soviet submarine for prying western eyes, meanwhile avoiding a nuclear war, Ryan must board the Red October to assist Captain Ramius in navigating past the Soviet (and American) fleet to U.S. waters. The gripping tension is reminiscent of the German film DAS BOOT. Director McTiernan produces an amazing film with a twisitng plot, a well acted script with a fabulous cast and lots of high tech explosions.

Nearly as exciting as "Red October" are the special production commentaries in the DVD. Everyone from the director to script writer, actors, cinematographers, and model makers discuss what it took to make this very special film so special -- that in 1990 ushered out the Cold War and Soviet Union.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2013 20:17:05 BDT
A customer says:
What? This film is not even in the same league as Das Boot, which was magnificent and totally believable, whereas this film is completely unbelievable.
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