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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Director:
John McTiernan
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Jakten på Rød oktober
RUNNING TIME
134 minutes
Producer:
Mace Neufeld
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Tom Clancy):
Larry Ferguson
Donald Stewart


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Captain Marko Ramius Sean Connery
Jack Ryan Alec Baldwin
Commander Bart Mancuso Scott Glenn ½
Captain 2nd Rank Vasily Borodin Sam Neill
Admiral James Greer James Earl Jones
Dr. Jeffrey Pelt Richard Jordan
Ivan Yurevich Putin Peter Firth
Dr. Petrov Tim Curry
Sonarman 2nd Class Ronald Jones Courtney B. Vance
Captain Tupolev Stellan Skarsgård ½
Oliver Wendell 'Skip' Tyler Jeffrey Jones ½

 

Review

Nailbiting, delicately scripted underwater cold war drama with all the good ingredients of a genre film, handled with care and deftness by a John McTiernan at the height of his career. Even though the film is stuck in the traditional mentality of its era and turns out to be a not too concealed America worship, it does handle its rather complex political and characterological material with subtlety and insight, making the film a satisfactory experience from more than one point of view. If you like classic Alistar MacLean, you'll certainly enjoy this film as well. A young and fresh Alec Baldwin (at the time he could still talk normally) delivers a sympathetic and active performance, whereas Sean Connery excels as the layered Captain Ramius, and the all-star supporting performers conclude an impressively acted piece.

Copyright © 22.10.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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