The Hunt for Red October

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Paramount Pictures Released 1990

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Director:
John McTiernan
Released:
1990
Rating:
PG

When a Soviet nuclear sub headed toward American waters drops off U.S. scanners, the Yanks scramble to take defensive steps. But CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) convinces the brass that the sub's commander (Sean Connery) has something other than a first strike in mind. A perilous cat-and-mouse game ensues in this taut technothriller co-starring Scott Glenn and Sam Neill.

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  • 90

    Variety

    The Industrial Light & Magic special visual effects unit does yeoman work in staging the action with cliffhanger intensity.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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...

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    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.

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    Thrillers, Military & War