The Hunt for Red October

1990

The Hunt for Red October

Critics Consensus

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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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 fire its nuclear missiles upon U.S. installations, believes that Ramius is insane, and that he plans to start World War III. To cover their own behinds, the Russians back up the CIA's suspicion. Only Jack Ryan believes that Ramius' mission is not as apocalyptic as it seems -- and it is Ryan who is assigned to infiltrate the Red October to prove his theory. The sort of film that in an earlier era would have been called a "thinking man's thriller," The Hunt for Red October ushered in a new series of Hollywood-produced post-Cold War adventure films, including 1995's Crimson Tide. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Sean Connery
as Marko Ramius
Alec Baldwin
as Jack Ryan
Scott Glenn
as Bart Mancuso
Sam Neill
as Capt. Borodin
James Earl Jones
as Adm. Greer
Joss Ackland
as Andrei Lysenko
Richard Jordan
as Jeffrey Pelt
Peter Firth
as Ivan Putin
Tim Curry
as Dr. Petrov
Courtney B. Vance
as Seaman Jones
Stellan Skarsgard
as Capt. Tupolev
Jeffrey Jones
as Skip Tyler
Timothy Carhart
as Bill Steiner
Daniel Davis
as Capt. Davenport
Larry Ferguson
as Chief of the Boat
Tomas Arana
as Loginov
Ned Vaughn
as Seaman Beaumont
Anthony Peck
as Lt. Comdr. Thompson
Ronald Guttman
as Lt. Melekhin
Artur Cybulski
as Diving Officer
Sven Ole Thorsen
as Russian COB
Christopher Janczar
as Andrei Bonovia
Don Oscar Smith
as Helicopter Pilot
Rick Ducommun
as Navigator C-2A
George H. Billy
as DSRV Officer
Arthur Cybulski
as Diving Officer
Reed Popovich
as Lt. Jim Curry
Andrew Divoff
as Andrei Amalric
Peter Zinner
as Adm. Padorin
Tony Veneto
as Padorin's Orderly
Ray Reinhardt
as Jodge Moore at Briefing
F.J. O'Neil
as General at Briefing
David Sederholm
as Sunglasses
John Shepherd
as Foxtrot Pilot
William Bell Sullivan
as Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hewitt
Gates McFadden
as Caroline Ryan
Louise Borras
as Sally Ryan
Denise E. James
as Stewardess
Kenton Kovell
as Seaman - Red October
Pete Antico
as Seaman - USS Dallas
Tom Fisher
as Seaman - USS Dallas
Mark Draxton
as Seaman - USS Dallas
Anatoly Davydov
as Officer #1 - Red October
Ivan G'Vera
as Officer #2 - Red October
Radu Gavor
as Seaman - Red October
Ivan Ivanov
as Seaman - Red October
Ping Wu
as Seaman - Red October
Herman Sinitzyn
as Seaman - Red October
Vlado Benden
as Seaman - Konovalov
George Winston
as Seaman - Konovalov
Ben Hartigan
as Admiral (Briefing)
Robert Buckingham
as Admiral #2 (Briefing)
A.C. Lyles
as Advisor #1
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Critic Reviews for The Hunt for Red October

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (62) | 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.

    Oct 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.

    Feb 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.

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

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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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