K-19: The Widowmaker

This is based on a true story of one of the first Russian nuclear submarines, set during the height of the cold war between Russia and the US. The Russians were worried about a missile attack from the US, so decided to stage a show of strength. The plan was to take a nuclear submarine under the Arctic ice, surface, and fire off a test missile, knowing that the American spy satellites would detect it. However, the nuclear power station on board was a little faulty. Also, the ship had a new commander, while the crew remained more loyal to their previous captain, now second-in-command. These human tensions, combined with the physical problems, pushed the men to breaking point and required heroic behaviour on their part to survive.

136 minutes.
No persons under 13 .
Drama, Male conflict & bonding, Thriller
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Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo
Kathryn Bigelow
ScreenplayChristopher Kyle, Louis Nowra
MusicKlaus Badelt, Geoff Zanelli
CinematographyJeff Cronenweth
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2002
Produced byFirst Light Production, IMF, InterMedia Film Equities Ltd, National Geographic Society, New Regency Pictures, Palomar Productions

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Scale (Max)20

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Ian Douglas: Don't compare this submarine movie to U-571, it is very different. Firstly, it is about the Russians, which is one of the reasons that it did not do well in the USA. Secondly, the enemy is something invisible -- radiation. There are no battle scenes, although there are plenty of other tense scenes. The film has been compared to ''Thirteen Day'', in feel. A film about men making courageous decisions to deal with a bad situation. Will probably not appeal to women, but discerning males might find it worthwhile.

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