Crimson Tide
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Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this tense military thriller. Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) is the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Alabama. Ramsey is a distinguished veteran near the end of his career, and he leads his men with an iron hand; as he puts it, "We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it." Ramsey is assigned a new second-in-command, Lt. Cmmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington); Hunter is much younger than Ramsey, Harvard educated, and believes the goal of the military in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a boy's movie all the way."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Crimson Tide has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"As good a thriller as 1995 produced, keeping things as simple and direct as possible."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A big, bold Hollywood movie that won't be winning any awards for subtlety but can't be denied its popcorn appeal. [Blu-Ray review]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...the thrills remain authentic, even though we know exactly how the plot is going to turn out."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The screenplay may be credited to Michael Schiffer, but the punchy dialogue has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. The cast has a ball."
‑ , Time Out
"Nope, this picture doesn't bear thinking about, but, if you resist that nasty temptation, setting all your mental gauges at Dead Slow, the flow of the action will see you through."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"War Games in the water; older teens and up."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"I don't know what the full Naval procedure is to launch nuclear weapons, but I hope to God it's more structured and fail-safe than what we see in this film."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Considerably more intelligent than most of Jerry Bruckheimer's productions -- and Hackman's just awesome."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Isn't there something awfully satisfying about the throbbing missiles and cathartic explosions that constitute this film's main excitement? Maybe so, but nothing else here delivers a comparable thrill."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"If ever a picture crackled, Crimson Tide fits the description."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Tony Scott is a deft hand with these Bruckheimer/Simpson productions and provides the perfect vision for their big budget fodder."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"If this film is based on real events, we're all doomed."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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