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Crimson Tide (1995)

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On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Michael Schiffer (story), Richard P. Henrick (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Hunter
Gene Hackman ... Ramsey
Matt Craven ... Zimmer
George Dzundza ... Cob
Viggo Mortensen ... Weps
James Gandolfini ... Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Rocky Carroll ... Lt. Westergaurd
Jaime Gomez ... Ood Mahoney (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Michael Milhoan ... Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder ... TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci ... Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato ... Russell Vossler (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Eric Bruskotter ... Bennefield
Ricky Schroder ... Lt. Paul Hellerman (as Rick Schroder)
Steve Zahn ... William Barnes
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Storyline

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

On The Brink Of Nuclear War, Two Men Clash Over The Fate Of The World. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marea roja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,612,190, 14 May 1995

Gross USA:

$91,387,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,387,195
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Robards: The Admiral during the inquiry scene. See more »

Goofs

The metal grating used for deck material in the missile room set is far too noisy. All US Navy submarines use solid steel deck plates covered with rubber tile through out the ship, to reduce noise. Noise can be transmitted through the hull and into the water, so every effort is made to reduce noise throughout the ship, to make the boat harder for enemy ships and submarines to detect. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ramsey: I have the con.
[to hunter]
Capt. Ramsey: Gimme the missile key.
[Hunter does nothing and Ramsey punches Hunter in the face]
Capt. Ramsey: [sternly] Gimme the missile key Mr. Hunter.
[Hunter takes the keys out and puts it around his neck and Ramsey punches Hunter in the face again]
Capt. Ramsey: [shouting] I am the commander of this fuckin' ship! Gimme the goddamn key!
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Alternate Versions

The New Extended cut has many extended scenes. Among them:
  • While the officers are watching the news coverage before the briefing where they meet Hunter, there is extended coverage of the news person Sarah interviewing Radchenko. One of the men makes a comment about her breasts.
  • This version shows several of the submariners leaving their families, including Lt. Ince (Viggo Mortensen) saluting his son (played by his real son), Marichek, and others.
  • Interspersed with the previous extended leaving scene is the submarine movie trivia game on the bus with a few added lines about an invalid question and one owing the other money.
  • Hunter's jogging scene before the fire is slightly extended.
  • After the drill, in the Captains cabin, Ramsey asks Hunter to speak to COB about his weight, stating a personal aversion to doing it because they've served together so long. He then makes the 'WWIII, ship being sunk, giant octopus" statement.
  • Just before encountering the Akula for the first time while getting an EAM, COB reports to Hunter's cabin while Hunter is shaving. Hunter says that the subject is uncomfortable. COB, almost jovial, says he knows he's overweight, but this is his last patrol and he can't stop eating. They laugh. COB tells Hunter that he thinks Hunter and Ramsey merely have a difference of management styles. Then they go get something to eat.
  • Just before the Akula launches torpedoes after the winch noise, a comment is made that the Akula is 'range gating' and the sonar tech asks 'What is range gating?' and another says 'It means they have their torpedoes locked on us, stupid!'
  • During the explosion of the second torpedo (while Ramsey is still in command), an additional shot of a crewman falling down a ladder is added.
  • We see Rivetti leave sonar, saying 'I've gotta take a whiz' when he goes to release Hunter.
  • We see COB going into the Naval Inquiry, with Zimmer leaving very upset. COB then leaves, head down. Next, Ramsey is called into the inquiry. All the while we see Hunter waiting. Then he is called in.
  • The Admiral asks Hunter if he thinks his recollection of the events differs from his Captain's, just before saying 'I have known Capt Ramsey'... etc.
  • Although the overall score is intact, several scenes had different arrangements.
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PIANO SONATA NO.14 OP.27 NO.2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Tatiana Nikolayeva
Courtesy of Olympia Compact Discs Ltd.
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An excellent fast moving thought-provoking film
1 March 1999 | by vad-2See all my reviews

There have been few war-type films (Saving Private Ryan was another) which have been so thought-provoking. The acting and action was excellent as could be expected from such a cast so my comments are really centred on the story line and its presentation. Set in the scenario of the post-cold war Russia, which is still with us, the basic confrontation which faces every naval commander of a nuclear submarine was brought to stark reality in this film. Who has the final say when it comes to pushing the button? Dependence on technology which is not infallible highlights the weakness of humans who become its slaves rather its masters. Ultimately the stark choice between life and death, between fiction and reality can become blurred when cut off from the world inside a deep sea submarine. How many times has this happened one can only wonder. Since we are all here it can be assummed that the CExcO portrayed by Denzel Washington always won or the type of persons portrayed by Hackman do not exist. Good triumphed over evil.

I wonder what happened to the men who mutineered, they seem to have been forgiven, for an offence still punishable by death, at least in the British navy. It's easy to criticise many technical mistakes in the film and some of the improbabilities but the main points were made and shown well. This film rates just as high as Red October, which was of a similar theme but also excellent. I wonder if Burt Lancaster ever sees these films? In its day Run Silent Run Deep had a lot to recommend it, but that is for another Comment at another time when I see it again


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