K-19: The Widowmaker

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In theaters Jul 19, 2002
PG-13, 2 hr. 17 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: A real-life historical incident becomes the basis for this military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow that's reminiscent of such submarine dramas as Das Boot (1981), The Hunt for Red October
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 17 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Theater Release: Jul 19, 2002
DVD Release: Dec 10, 2002


Harrison Ford

Capt. Vostrikov
Sam Spruell

Liam Neeson

Capt. Polenin
Peter Sarsgaard

Joss Ackland

Sam Redford

John Shrapnel


Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gripping drama even though the filmmakers have taken liberties with the facts.
  • Why did movie moguls think that this was the right moment for a tale of unflinching loyalty to the Soviet Union? More...
  • What could have been a movie packed with historical significance and nail-gnawing underwater tension ends up little more than a lumbering public-service announcement for the human spirit. More...
  • Bigelow hits all her marks and more within the narrow parameters. More...
  • [A] really strong work from start to finish. More...
  • More intellectually scary than dramatically involving. More...
  • Gets stuck in a no man's land between the real and the fictional. More...
  • Though this saga would be terrific to read about, it is dicey screen material that only a genius should touch. More...
  • The movie's centrepiece is as close to tour-de-force suspense filmmaking as you'll see anywhere this summer. More...
  • Within the clutter of accents and heavenly choirs -- Klaus Badelt's score is at times a bit much -- lurks a good story. And, in midsummer, that's often all we can ask for. More...
  • Bigelow is known for making good, visceral movies, but here she adopts a kind of dignified watchfulness, and that feels right for the material. More...

User Reviews

  • Captain Alexei Vostrikov: We deliver, or we drown.  "Fate has found its hero." To be honest, I didn't expect a movie half as good as the one I got...
  • What I thought would be a mediocre sub flick, turned out to be so much more. The Academy Award for Best Director that Kathryn Bigelow received last...
  • K-19 is a masterful submarine film. No such sub film since Das Boot conveys a sense of drama and helplessness like K-19. Kathryn Bigelow has assembled...
  • Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson are electrifying. Ford gives a fearless, demanding and commanding performance. Neeson is outstanding. Some of the best...
  • This Movie was a tiny bit boring for me, but a friend enjoyed it, as she is a Polit-Thriller Fan. I m not much in to Politic anyway. lol
  • I'd forgotten I'd seen this one. It is not the action thriller that one would expect from a submarine drama. This is the true story of the first sea...
  • This true story of submarine events from the cold war time of the late 60s is one of the rare cases of an US movie taking an entirely Russian point of...
  • When a nuclear submarine malfunctions, the crew has to prevent a nuclear disaster.
  • a little dissapointing
  • It was ok but I think it was outplayed by the other sumberine movie that came out that year.