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Crimson Tide

Crimson Tide

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Director: Tony Scott

Cast: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza


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Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this tense military thriller. Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) is the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Alabama. Ramsey is a distinguished veteran near the end of his career, and he leads his men with an iron hand; as he puts it, "We're here to preserve


Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this tense military thriller. Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) is the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Alabama. Ramsey is a distinguished veteran near the end of his career, and he leads his men with an iron hand; as he puts it, "We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it." Ramsey is assigned a new second-in-command, Lt. Cmmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington); Hunter is much younger than Ramsey, Harvard educated, and believes the goal of the military in the nuclear age is to prevent war, not fight it. While at sea, word reaches the Alabama that a splinter group of Russian forces have seized missile silos, and the ship is put on red alert. The Alabama has orders to fire, but as it is receiving a new incoming order the radio malfunctions. It's Ramsey's contention that an order is an order and they are to move forward with the attack, while Hunter feels if there is any question at all about their mission, they should wait until they can receive further instruction, with Hunter going so far as to threaten mutiny against Ramsey if the missile strike is carried out. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Towne both contributed to the screenplay without credit.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When it comes to building too-close-for-comfort tension and suspense, there's nothing like setting a film in the confines of a submarine. In the case of this gripping 1995 thriller, potential nuclear warfare ratchets the intensity that much higher. When rebels seize control of a Russian missile base, concerned Pentagon officials order the USS Alabama to destroy the site with their own nukes. That's just fine with Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman), but when a garbled follow-up order suggests the presence of complicating factors, newly assigned Lt. Commander Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington) suggests they wait before launching a first strike. The resulting clash threatens to provoke a mutiny, which promises profound consequences. Director Tony Scott (Domino) eschews his trademark camera wizardry and concentrates on establishing a grim mood enhanced by the claustrophobic setting. Washington and Hackman, whose increasingly heated exchanges will raise the hair on the back of your neck, superbly convey the mounting tension. These two fine actors -- backed up by a great supporting cast that includes future stars Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini -- bring a complex human dimension to this modern action classic.
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With intense actors like Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman fighting for the helm of a submarine, Crimson Tide can't help but be an edge-of-your-seat exercise in military head-butting. As the actors' voices rise, so does the viewer's pulse, to the point that even though it can't really end with the world blowing up, it sure seems like it might. What's more interesting is that with each man believing absolutely in his authority and position, the fate of the world falls into the hands of the subordinates; they must either carry out or disobey the orders, with possible dire consequences awaiting either decision. Considering how nervous and confused they look, weighing the minutiae of the military code book against their personal loyalties, this is a frightening prospect indeed. The conflict between following orders, the most bedrock principle of the military, and "doing the right thing," is not new to the movies, having been covered in fascinating films ranging from Fail-Safe (1964) to War Games (1983). But Crimson Tide is also equal to the task, resulting in a heart-pounding drama that isn't diminished by the film's post-Cold War release. A veteran of these Jerry Bruckheimer actioners, director Tony Scott makes Crimson Tide one of the most satisfying of that cheeky category. Quentin Tarantino's contributions as script doctor seem limited to intrusive bursts of his trademark pop culture patter, which call attention to themselves at the expense of an otherwise efficient narrative.

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Special Features

Extended, unrated cut of the film; deleted scenes; "On The Set of Crimson Tide" featurette; "The Making of Crimson Tide" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Gene Hackman Capt. Frank Ramsey
George Dzundza Cob
Viggo Mortensen Lt. Peter (Weps) Ince
James Gandolfini Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Matt Craven Lt. Roy Zimmer
Rocky Carroll Lt. Darik Westerguard
Jaime Gomez Ood Mahoney
Michael Milhoan Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler
Eric Bruskotter Bennefield
Rick Schroder Lt. Paul Hellerman
Steve Zahn William Barnes
Christopher Birt Helmsman
Jim Boyce Diving Officer
Jacob Vargas Sonarman #2
Earl Billings Rick Marichek
Mark Christopher Lawrence Head Cook Rono
Michael Chieffo Chief Kline
Dennis Garber Fire Control Technician
Vanessa Bell Calloway Julia Hunter
Daniel Von Bargen Vladimir Radchenko
Warren Olney Anchorman
Rad Daly Lt. Comdr. Nelson
Sean O'Bryan Phone Talker
Scott Grimes Petty Officer Hilaire
Ryan Phillippe Seaman Grattam
Bob Stone Bob The Magician
Henry Mortensen Henry Ince
Chris Ellis Additional Magician
Michael D. Weatherred Radioman #1
Jason Robards President of Inquiry Board at Pearl Harbor

Technical Credits
Tony Scott Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Lucas Foster Executive Producer
John Gray Special Effects
Richard P. Henrick Original Story,Screenwriter
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Richard J. Lawrence Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lebenzon Editor
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Don McGovern Stunts
Michael White Production Designer
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Mike Moder Executive Producer
James Murakami Art Director
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Jim Nickerson Stunts
Alan Oliney Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Gary Price Stunts
Martin Schaer Camera Operator
Michael Schiffer Original Story,Screenwriter
Don Simpson Producer
James W. Skotchdopole Associate Producer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Victoria Thomas Casting
Bill Unger Executive Producer
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Gregory H. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Ellen Wong Makeup
Don Woodruff Art Director
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crimson Tide
1. Opening / An Act of War [11:36]
2. Back In Business [9:47]
3. Two Schools of Thought [9:57]
4. Defcon 3 [12:04]
5. As Real As It Gets [10:30]
6. Torpedo Attack [11:18]
7. Two Sides to a Mutiny [10:22]
8. Struggle For Control [8:28]
9. You Have Three Minutes [18:14]
10. Both Right, Both Wrong / End Credits [8:33]

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Crimson Tide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the acting that truly makes this one a must see! You do not have to be a military/war films fanatic to truly enjoy it. The film is very well done so that it is not just a bunch of Naval, technical double-talk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago