The Hunt for Red October (1990)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Larry Ferguson, Donald Stewart, Robert Garland, John Milius, David Shaber
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On DVD: Dec 1, 1998
Paramount Pictures


as Marko Ramius

as Jack Ryan

as Bart Mancuso

as Capt. Borodin

as Adm. Greer

as Andrei Lysenko

as Jeffrey Pelt

as Ivan Putin

as Dr. Petrov

as Seaman Jones

as Capt. Tupolev

as Skip Tyler

as Bill Steiner

as Adm. Painter

as Capt. Davenport

as Chief of the Boat

as Loginov

as Seaman Beaumont

as Lt. Comdr. Thompson

as Lt. Melekhin

as Diving Officer

as Andrei Bonovia

as Helicopter Pilot

as Navigator C-2A

as DSRV Officer

as Diving Officer

as Lt. Jim Curry

as Andrei Amalric

as Russian COB

as Adm. Padorin

as Padorin's Orderly

as Jodge Moore at Brief...

as General at Briefing

as Sunglasses

as Foxtrot Pilot

as Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hewit...

as Caroline Ryan

as Sally Ryan

as Stewardess

as Seaman - Red October

as Seaman - USS Dallas

as Seaman - USS Dallas

as Seaman - USS Dallas

as Officer #1 - Red Oct...

as Officer #2 - Red Oct...

as Seaman - Red October

as Seaman - Red October

as Seaman - Red October

as Seaman - Red October

as Seaman - Konovalov

as Seaman - Konovalov

as Admiral (Briefing)

as Admiral #2 (Briefing...

as Advisor #1
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Critic Reviews for The Hunt for Red October

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (16)

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.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.

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Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2015
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen.

Full Review… | February 11, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The Hunt for Red October is overplotted and sometimes implausible, but McTiernan's clipped style and lavish budget help it through the choppier waters.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hunt for Red October


It bogs down in the technical stuff in its second half, but it's still a competent Cold War classic from the director of Die Hard, (who also directed duds like The 13th Warrior and The Thomas Crown Affair, but I digress). I enjoyed learning that Alec Baldwin and Sam Neill weren't always middle-aged, and I especially appreciated that the Russians didn't have ridiculous accents (the film uses a zoom to switch from subtitled Russian to English, letting you in to the artifice). It's overly long and a bit mechanical, but this big-budget game of Battleship compares favourably to a lot of similar films.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


A thrilling action movie, adequately cast.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Captain Ramius: You're afraid of our fleet. Well, you should be. Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone? 

"Invisible. Silent. Stolen."

The Hunt for Red October is a film that deserves its classification as a thriller. There isn't a lull in the 2 hour plus runtime. It's a nonstop thrilling ride beneath the sea. Part of the reason the movie works so well is because of an extraordinary cast of Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, James Earle Jones, Sam Neill and Tim Curry. There's a bunch of great character actors in there too, that I know by their face, but if asked I couldn't tell you their names. 

Red October is the name of a Russian sub, which is the command of Captain Ramius. Under his command the sub defects and makes its way towards the United States. The plot has many turns and what you expect isn't always what you get. Sean Connery makes this movie with his terrific veteran presence. Every time I watch a movie with him in it; I am always stunned by how convincing the guy is onscreen. Alec Baldwin isn't one of my favorite actors, but he is pretty good as the hero.

This is a thriller that doesn't rely to much on action. There are long sequences where the excitement comes from listening to the characters talk instead of watching them run and shoot. Its a smart, well paced, cool film that I liked immensely. I'll take this over Die Hard any day.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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