Video Release: May 10, 2010
Theatrical Release: 1990
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 135 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Originally in English
It is the pre-Glasnost era, and the captain of a Soviet sub intends to betray his brutal government and defect, but as the deadly "Red October" approaches the eastern seaboard of the United States, only special agent Jack Ryan might be able to head off a nuclear confrontation. Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller. Academy Award Nominations: 2. Academy Awards: Best Sound Effects Editing.
The role of Captain Marko Ramius was originally to have been played by Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Shot in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Alaska; Puget Sound in Washington State; Leningrad and Moscow, Russia. Color by Technicolor. Began shooting April 3, 1989. Released in USA March 2, 1990.
Approximate budget $30 million, of which Sean Connery reportedly received $4 million. Tom Clancy received $600,000 for the rights to his novel.
Among the writers who reportedly worked on the script were Robert Garland, David Shaber, and John Milius.
Followed by a sequel, "Patriot Games" (1992), starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan.
Available to buy in the UK.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.