Sean Connery is Russian submarine commander Marko Ramius of the brand new top-secret Red October, Russia’s newest and most technologically advanced silent submarine featuring lethal first strike ability and the ability to remain undetected by sonar—with enough nuclear capability to push ahead of the Americans. He might or might not be defecting on the maiden voyage, a training run, as Connery knocks off his political adviser, burns his orders, and changes direction from the determined course and is heading to USA’s waters. There’s also the possibility he might be starting a nuclear war, be insane, or testing the submarine’s capabilities of detection. The CIA is aware of the Red October and thinks the worse, but to make sure before doing something rash they rely on the advise of Jack Ryan (Alex Baldwin). He does not believe Connery will start WW III and sets about to prove he’s right by trying to infiltrate the elusive sub. Meanwhile Russia gives out disinformation to not let on if their captain is in mutiny or still following orders, but are right behind Red October and plan to blow it up before it reaches America’s East Coast. —Ozus’ World Movie Reviews
A master craftsman notable for his almost Hitchcockian ability to create suspense and keep action moving at an exhilarating pace, director John McTiernan began his involved with theatrical arts early in life. His father was an opera singer, and McTiernan made his theatrical debut at age seven playing bit roles in his father’s shows. After high school he became involved with summer stock, where he directed, acted, and designed until attended Julliard and New York University, where he studied film. He then became designer and technical director at the Manhattan School of Music.
McTiernan went on to make over 200 television commercials before making his feature film debut by directing the fantasy horror movie Nomads (1985). He followed that up with Predator (1987), a sci-fi action film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that spawned a franchise.
In 1988, McTiernan helmed his best-known film, the blockbuster Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis, the film was a hit with both audiences… read more
Whilst this movie is a classic, I'd prefer the title to be a little less offensive. Native American October please.
This would be my favorite McTiernan movie and deserves a place in my 90s list. Even if I am a sucker for Cold War movies, regardless, this is just an incredibly well-made film. I won't try and compare to some other lauded sub movies, but I do know that in terms of personal enjoyment, this one ranks above all those others.
McTiernan moves to the sea. Again he traces disruption and invisibility. In fact, this film may be his most focuses examination of invisibility. The Predator, John McClain, and the Red October all fit into McT's considerations. The Atlantic becomes what NYC is for DHWAV, and the Red October sends shudders throughout the ocean, and through nations.
Twenty years on picture actually looks pretty good. Baldwin definately miscast here and is the weakest part of the film. Connery, Glenn and Skarsgaard very well cast. Academy award winning sound certainly added to the atmosphere in this suspenseful and crowd pleasing film.