The Hunt for Red October 1990

The Hunt for Red October

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Perfectly cast and packed with suspense, The Hunt for Red October is an old-fashioned submarine thriller with plenty of firepower to spare.

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Based on the popular Tom Clancy novel, this suspenseful movie tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) as he abandons his orders and heads for the east coast of the United States. Equipped with innovative stealth technology, Ramius' submarine, "Red October," is virtually invisible. However, when an American sub briefly detects the Russians' presence, CIA agent Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) sets out to determine Ramius' motives, fearing he may launch an attack on the U.S.

Cast & Crew

Sean Connery
Captain Marko Ramius
Scott Glenn
Captain Bart Mancuso
Sam Neill
Captain Vasily Borodin
James Earl Jones
Admiral James Greer
Joss Ackland
Ambassador Andrei Lysenko
Richard Jordan
National Security Advisor Jeffrey Pelt
Peter Firth
Political Officer Ivan Putin - Red October
Tim Curry
Dr. Petrov
Courtney B. Vance
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jones
Larry Ferguson
Screenwriter
Donald Stewart
Screenwriter
Larry DeWaay
Executive Producer
Jerry Sherlock
Executive Producer
Basil Poledouris
Original Music
Jan de Bont
Cinematographer
John Wright
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Critic Reviews for The Hunt for Red October

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (8)

  • Coupled with Connery's magnetic performance, that's enough to make The Hunt for Red October as watchable today as it was during its 1990 release.

    October 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Clancy is known for writing difficult books, but the movie makes plausible a preposterous situation because of Baldwin's convincing, low-key approach to being a film hero.

    February 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.

    February 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though Hunt shows fitful signs of life, it lacks the human drama of Das Boot, the technical dazzle of The Abyss and the old-fashioned brio of Run Silent, Run Deep.

    February 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen.

    February 11, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunt for Red October

  • Mar 14, 2015
    Probably the best Clancy film adaptation . . . it's silly entertainment involving overly complex fake technology that sounds vaguely plausible, but without the frustratingly dense plot of Clancy's novels. Most of this success is due to McTiernan, whose pacing is almost always impeccable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2014
    Compelling, with a taut and gripping premise. It exudes a quiet importance, and in some moments, even hints of an underlying humanness and nobility.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2013
    A thrilling action movie, adequately cast.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2013
    The Hunt for Red October is a compelling and exciting Cold War thriller. Based on a Tom Clancy novel, a new Soviet submarine goes rogue on its maiden voyage, taking the Soviet Union and U.S. to the brink of war; however CIA analyst Jack Ryan suspects that the sub's captain is attempting to defect. The film features an all-star cast that includes Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, and James Earl Jones. Additionally, director John McTiernan does an excellent job at creating an intense and suspenseful tone throughout the film. And this tone is enhanced through Basil Poledouris's sweeping and powerful score. Exceptionally well-crafted, The Hunt for Red October is a captivating film that's steeped in mystery.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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