Rent The Hunt for Red October (1990)

3.9 of 5 from 152 ratings
2h 9min
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Synopsis:
A new, technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Alec 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!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Mace Neufeld
Writers:
Tom Clancy, Larry Ferguson
Others:
John Wright, Terence Marsh, George Watters II, Dennis Virkler, Cecelia Hall, Richard Bryce Goodman, Don Bassman, Richard Overton, Kevin F. Cleary
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
Awards:

1991 Oscar Best Sound Editing

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/11/2003
Run Time:
129 minutes
Languages:
Czech, English, German
Subtitles:
Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/09/2011
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director John McTiernan
  • Beneath the Surface - Cast and Crew Interviews
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • NoneCommentary by director John McTiernan

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Reviews (1) of The Hunt for Red October

Well told tale - but badly dated - The Hunt for Red October review by RP

Spoiler Alert
21/01/2012

Based on a Tom Clancy novel, this is one of series of stories whose central character is Jack Ryan. There have been a dozen or so books and four films have been made. The films are 'The Hunt For Red October' (1990) in which Jack Ryan is played by Alec Baldwin, 'Patriot Games' (1992) and 'Clear And Present Danger' (1994) in which Harrison Ford played the role, and 'The Sum Of All Fears' (2002) in which Ben Affleck took over the reins.

'The Hunt For Red October' also stars Sean Connery and several other big name actors and is a moderately gripping tale of the attempted defection of a Soviet submarine commander and his officers as his boat is chased by the Russian navy. I say moderately gripping because in my opinion the film has dated badly – the Cold War is long past, the USSR is no more, and military relationships between East and West – although never cosy – are far more relaxed. Indeed, even when the film was made, Mikhail Gorbachev had already introduced his policy of glasnost (openness) which started to normalise relationships between the superpowers.

That apart it's a well told tale – if it has a further flaw it is that Sean Connery is a powerful character actor (even if he does always play Sean Connery) and completely upstages Alec Baldwin and the other players.

I'm aware that 'The Hunt For Red October' is regarded by many as the best of the Jack Ryan films, but personally I prefer the two Harrison Ford variants. Each to his own – I'll give it 3/5 stars.

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