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The Hunt for Red October

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John McTiernan

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About the Movie

The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. Ramius sets the plot in motion when he murders his political adviser, burns his orders, and steers his sub Red October towards American waters, hoping to defect. The CIA, aware that the Red October was about to embark on an evasive mission to demonstrate its ability to avoid detection and fire its nuclear missiles upon U.S. installations, believes that Ramius is insane, and that he plans to start World War III. To cover their own behinds, the Russians back up the CIA's suspicion. Only Jack Ryan believes that Ramius' mission is not as apocalyptic as it seems — and it is Ryan who is assigned to infiltrate the Red October to prove his theory. The sort of film that in an earlier era would have been called a "thinking man's thriller," The Hunt for Red October ushered in a new series of Hollywood-produced post-Cold War adventure films, including 1995's Crimson Tide.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 66
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is a piece of heightened prosaic suspense; it comes at you in big, chewy gobs of exposition and dialogue. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 11, 2015

Fresh: [McTiernan's] alternation of menace and human interest, technological wizardry and action sequences is subtly calibrated, ultimately hypnotic in its effect. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Feb 11, 2015

Fresh: The Hunt for Red October is a terrific adventure yarn. – Variety Staff, Variety, Feb 11, 2015

Fresh: You may not be limp from accumulated tension when this hunt is over, but its cautiously upbeat global message leaves a satisfying glow and it operates with a crackerjack premise. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Feb 11, 2015

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Customer Reviews

M.I. 2+ U571= pure genius

It's one of the best works of Sean connery and Paramount in years.

The best Tom Clancy Adaptation

This movie has it all - great plot - memorable characters and lots of great action. This is a man's movie at it's finest. Grab the beverage of your choice - a bag of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn and this movie, and you have the makings of a great evening.

Great suspense thriller based on Tom Clancy

This is quite good. Unlike many movies (including “Patriot games”), you don’t feel disappointed if you already read the book. Never take as a substitute for the Tom Clancy novel (which is excellent), but don’t overlook this movie. What I found was the movie dropped or simplified only the scenes and characters it could afford to, preserving the overall suspense, technical accuracy, and captivating nature of the novel. Great actors too. The movie is easy to follow and helps your mental picture; the book is rich with storyline and information. See the movie, and then read the book.

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  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1990

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