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The Hunt For Red October

The Hunt For Red October 1990
Directed byJohn McTiernan
Produced byMace Neufeld
Screenplay byLarry FergusonDonald E. Stewart
Based onThe Hunt for Red October
by Tom Clancy
StarringSean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill
Music byBasil Poledouris
CinematographyJan de Bont
Edited byDennis Virkler, John Wright
Mace Neufeld ProductionsNina Saxon Film Design
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dateMarch 2, 1990 (United States)
Running time135 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million
Box office$200.5 million

The Hunt for Red October

A 1990 American submarine spy thriller film directed by John McTiernan, produced by Mace Neufeld, and starring Sean ConneryAlec BaldwinScott GlennJames Earl Jones, and Sam Neill. The film is an adaptation of Tom Clancy‘s 1984 bestselling novel of the same name. It is the first installment of the film series with the protagonist Jack Ryan.

The story is set during the late Cold War era and involves a rogue Soviet naval captain who wishes to defect to the United States with his officers and the Soviet Navy‘s newest and most advanced nuclear missile submarine, a fictional improvement on the Soviet ICBM capable Typhoon-class submarine. A CIA analyst correctly deduces his motive and must prove his theory to the U.S. Navy before a violent confrontation between the Soviet and the American navies spirals out of control.

The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, and Nina Saxon Film Design. Theatrically, it was commercially distributed by Paramount Pictures and by the Paramount Home Entertainment division for home media markets. Following its wide theatrical release, the film was nominated for and won a number of accolades. At the 63rd Academy Awards, the film was honored with the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, along with nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. On June 12, 1990, the original soundtrack, composed and conducted by Basil Poledouris, was released by MCA RecordsThe Hunt for Red October received mostly positive reviews from critics and was the 6th top-grossing domestic film of the year, generating $122 million in North America and more than $200 million worldwide in box office business.

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Pathetic movie!

Pauljamesross 28 September 2020

Why you would have American actors/speaking, in a Russian inspired movie is beyond me! Sean Connery sounds like a idiot as a Russian…not to mention the countless others. This is what happens in Hollywood!

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A Predictable Boring and Overly Political Drama

Ravviann 15 September 2020

A ‘good’ suspenseful thriller has the viewer on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. The Hunt of Red October however starts from the premise whether the Russian captain will defect yes or no. You can see this in the synopsis, the trailer and even the movie itself created this context early on. Without going into spoilers, there is simply no suspense at all. another issue – very well said by another reviewer – is that the Russians are all pictured as comically incompetent, evil or unpleasant in contrast with the Americans who are all extraordinary competent, courageous and only want the best. and finally, there is no real conflict in this movie. Every little issue is either solved by the heroic and brilliant Americans or the Russian’s own stupidity. You just see events unfolding. What you get is a movie with no suspense, laughable cardboard characters that present a clear good versus evil plot with no interesting conflict to speak off. When it comes to good thrillers, these are all the ingredients how Not to make a good movie. Maybe a Disney movie – but then set in a magical kingdom, so as not to ridicule themselves by misrepresenting the cold war. A Thriller is supposed to keep you guessing what will happen, without knowing exactly who will do what with characters that you can believe.

Another way I’d like to describe this movie is as a kind of American self-insert fanfiction of the Cold War, with all the cringe worthy elements that these kind of fantictions have.

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