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  • Summary: A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it-because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The Industrial Light & Magic special visual effects unit does yeoman work in staging the action with cliffhanger intensity.
  2. 88
    A skillful, efficient film that involves us in the clever and deceptive game being played by Ramius and in the best efforts of those on both sides to figure out what he plans to do with his submarine - and how he plans to do it.
  3. The production is as clean and effective as Red October herself; there's not one dial or glowing radar screen too many; the underwater hits and near-misses are clearly choreographed and the undersea intensity is captured perfectly by Jan De Bont's camera work. [2 Mar 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
  4. Colorful and exciting, yet unless you're a young moviegoer, nothing in it takes you by complete surprise. (It's less a nail-biter than a chin-stroker.)
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    A heavy-duty mediocrity, sluggish, unwieldy, and instantly forgettable.
  6. The movie finally is never very convincing. Even the special effects aren't great. Mr. Connery, however, wears the movie as if it were a favorite old hat. He makes it look good.
  7. Like the nuclear sub it's named after, the picture is big, shiny, and expensive. It's also cold, hard, and cumbersome, and lacking the barest hint of emotional or psychological depth. [9 Mar 1990, Arts, p.10]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    This movie is just great. The fact that it's based on a Tom Clancy novel makes it even better. Sean Connery was great, so was Alec Baldwin. A thrilling climax (no spoilers), I would definitely recommend this movie. Expand
  2. MitchellM.
    Nov 28, 2005
    I love this movie.
  3. EricT.
    Apr 17, 2007
    Great special effects (except for the torpedo scenes). Kept me thinking.
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    "The Hunt For Red October" is a 1990 film directed by John McTiernan and stars Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. The film is adapted from the 1984 Tom Clancy novel about a Soviet nuclear submarine which drops off U.S. scanners, prompting a young CIA analyst (Baldwin) to scramble to find out what the captain's (Connery) motives really are. To start off, I love Tom Clancy. I'm a fairly big fan of his Splinter Cell, Rainbow SIx, and Ghost Recon franchises. I had also heard of "Red October" and that it was directed by the guy who made "Predator" and "Die Hard", so I was already pretty excited to watch this movie. In short, the film did not, in any way, disappoint. What kind of shocked and worried me about this is that this film was filed under the "Thriller" section on Netflix. . .and it's rated PG. Needless to say, this fact sort of worried me. I was wrong though - just because this movie is PG does not mean it isn't "thrilling" in any sense of the word. "Red October" is in fact an "edge of your seat" thriller by definition. Almost every facet of this film is excellent. The script, I found, was very witty and well written by Larry Ferguson. The acting was spectacular, specifically of course from Connery and Baldwin. The score was very awesome and appropriate for the source material. The special effects were very good, especially for the late 80's. I'd say that "The Hunt For Red October" is a solid thriller that will have a hard time disappointing many of its viewers. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2014
    Gripping from beginning to end, the only real issue I had with The Hunt for Red October was that the plot was a bit convoluted at times and tough to follow. However, despite that, it was extremely enjoyable and filled with satisfying thrills, as well as good acting performances from the leads, Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    The Hunt For Red October is inaccurate, and some of the scenes and effects aren't that good, but I am willing to forget about that for the amazing performances of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford. Expand
  7. ALF
    Sep 27, 2011
    More proof that Ebert is a hypocrite. I note unlike some films he has criticized, his moral centre seems rather off here. This film is a highly inaccurate account of the true story of Red October. That aside, look at what this film advocates, State theft of the property of another country. Hardly the actions of a whiter than white State and rather reminiscent of Firefox. More State stealing another State's secrets. If this was the theft of American property we would hear that this was the work of Satan or profound Evil. The acting was fine, the script was to much like US propaganda and little to do with telling a true story. K19 with Harrison Ford did this much better and was an infinitely superior film. This is dated Cold War rhetoric. Expand

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