The Hunt for Red October
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A skillful, efficient film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most delectably taut, racing thrillers of its generation."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"As for the film's suspense credentials, you know it's time to get tense when James Earl Jones intones, 'Mother of God.' [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Exciting submarine adventure w/Connery, Baldwin"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Solid if somewhat staid adaptation of the Clancy book."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The first Jack Ryan thriller adventure is a supremely mounted film, well acted by Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, and vastly enjoyable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Soviet captain has a brogue. I'm okay with it. Sue me."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Regressive old-fashioned thriller of a sort that mostly died out 20 years earlier."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Politics aside, however, The Hunt for Red October is a thrilling edge-of-your-seat trifle that has admirably withstood the test of time."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"A Reagan youth's wet dream of underwater ballistics and East-West conflict."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It is a thriller in some sequences, action in others, but it depends on personal taste, how many thrills you believe a movie should have in order to be considered a thriller"
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"For all its flaws, it still holds water."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Delivers its share of honest to goodness thrills."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A superbly crafted cold war thriller, with excellent performances, cinematography and tension."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
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