The Hunt for Red October
The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 2, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perfectly cast and packed with suspense, The Hunt for Red October is an old-fashioned submarine thriller with plenty of firepower to spare.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The Hunt for Red October is a happy cinematic event, the first motion picture that allows us to experience the sweaty-palm thrills of the Cold War without worrying that the world will blow up this year.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Based on Tom Clancy`s phenomenally successful techno-thriller novel, The Hunt for Red October proves that a film can equal, if not surpass, the intrigue and excitement of the story it is based on.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Hunt for Red October is overplotted and sometimes implausible, but McTiernan's clipped style and lavish budget help it through the choppier waters.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Like the nuclear submarine it's named after, The Hunt for Red October is big, shiny, and expensive. But it's also hard, cold, and cumbersome, just when it's trying hardest to be likable and even friendly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
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It bogs down in the technical stuff in its second half, but it's still a competent Cold War classic from the director of Die Hard, (who also directed duds… More
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Based on Tom Clancy's debut novel, The Hunt For Red October. This film is about a new type of Russian typhoon class submarine, being chased across the seas… More
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A thrilling action movie, adequately cast.
David Ladd
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