K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

Director: Kathryn Bigelow Cast: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard
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K-19: The Widowmaker

A real-life historical incident becomes the basis for this military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow that's reminiscent of such submarine dramas as Das Boot (1981), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Crimson Tide (1995), and U-571 (2000). Harrison Ford stars as Captain Alexi Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer who's being given command of the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel's previous commander, Captain Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson) has been demoted to executive officer following a botched test and his outspoken assertions that the flagship is not yet ready for deployment, but he curbs his resentment and resolves to serve his new superior well. Polenin's concerns are well founded: parts are not yet installed, equipment is missing, and the ship's doctor is killed in an auto mishap. Political pressure forces Vostrikov to sail his crew into the North Atlantic anyway, for a missile fire test that serves as a warning to the U.S. that its enemy is now its technological equal. The test is a success, but a disastrous leak in the K-19's reactor cooling system soon threatens to create enough heat to detonate the craft's nuclear payload -- which would certainly be mistaken for the first salvo in a worldwide atomic exchange and spark the beginning of World War III. With no other option, Vostrikov orders his men to repair the damage in ten-minute shifts, irradiating them hopelessly. The conflict between the seemingly bureaucratic Communist Vostrikov and the more humane Polenin escalates, until a surprising twist reveals where both officers' loyalties truly lie.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0883929302000
Original Release: 2002
Source: Paramount Catalog

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Captain Alexei Vostrikov
Liam Neeson Mikhail Polenin
Peter Sarsgaard Vadim Ratchenko
Joss Ackland Marshal Zelentstov
John Shrapnel Admiral Bratyeev
Donald Sumpter Dr. Savran
Tim Woodward Konstantin Partonov
Steve Nicolson Demichev
Ravil Isyanov Igor Suslov
Christian Camargo Pavel Loktev
George Anton Konstantin Poliansky
Tygh Runyan Maxim Portenko
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson Viktor Gorelov
Shawn Mathieson Stepan Komarov
Peter Stebbings Maxim Kuryshey
William Lucas Yuzef Mankevitch
Sam Spruell Actor

Technical Credits
Kathryn Bigelow Director,Producer
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Moritz Borman Executive Producer
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Clydesdale Casting
Winship Cook Associate Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Steve Danton Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Guy East Executive Producer
Ed Feldman Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Arvinder Grewal Art Director
Harrison Ford Executive Producer
Basil Iwanyk Co-producer
Steven Charles Jaffe Co-producer
Karl Juliusson Production Designer
Samara Koffler Associate Producer
Christopher Kyle Screenwriter
Carol Lavallee Set Decoration/Design
Mary Montiforte Co-producer
Walter Murch Editor
Michael Novotny Production Designer
Louis Nowra Original Story
Brent O'Connor Co-producer
Mary Selway Casting
Joni Sighvatsson Producer
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Christina Smith Makeup
Christine Whitaker Producer
Mark Wolfe Co-producer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely amazing movie. Words cannot give it justice. Harrison Ford gives an excellent preformance. It helps to reveal what a group of Soviet sailors sacrificed to save the world.