20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (2022)

Sebastian said everything was better under the sea. That doesn’t seem to be the case in the thrillerThe Hunt for Red October. The first adaptation of an established book character, the film used a submarine setting to ratchet up the intensity. Audiences responded in kind. Plus,The Hunt for Red Octoberis just a great name for a movie. Let’s dive deep into some trivia about the spy movie.

1 of 20

The story is a debut in more ways than one

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (1)

Paramount

The Hunt for Red October is an adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel by the same name. It is the first of many entertainment entities focused on the character of Jack Ryan. However, the CIA analyst character was actually making his debut in the 1984 novel as well, as that was the first published novel for Clancy, who went on to have quite a prolific career.

2 of 20

It took a while for a studio to get interested

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (2)

Paramount

Producer Marc Neufield got the movie rights to Clancy’s novel and began to pitch it around Hollywood. However, although the book had proved successful, he had trouble gaining traction. In short, studios were finding the story too complicated. It took a year and a half until an executive at Paramount read the novel and thus understood the film.

3 of 20

They got the Navy involved

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (3)

Paramount

After selling the script to Paramount, Neufield then began working on the Navy. He hoped to get them on board with the film. A few folks in the Navy were intrigued, thinking the movie could do for submarines what Top Gun did for fighter jets. After suggesting a few changes to put the U.S. Navy in a more positive light, the production got access to a few real naval submarines to use for set and prop design. Some cast members got to go on a real submarine as well.

4 of 20

The first choice for Jack Ryan turned them down

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (4)

Paramount

(Video) Everything Wrong With The Hunt For Red October

Initially, the producers wanted Kevin Costner to play Ryan. Costner had other plans. He turned them down to make Dances with Wolves, which would win Best Picture and make an indelible mark for Costner in his career. That decision worked out for him.

5 of 20

Another choice for the role would take it on eventually

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (5)

Paramount

Alec Baldwin would play Ryan, but he was not next in line after Costner. Instead, they went to Harrison Ford. Ford turned them down, but he would eventually have a change of heart. The actor took over as Ryan for future films starring the character.

6 of 20

The first actor cast as Ramius dropped out

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (6)

Paramount

At first, the Soviet sub commander Marko Ramius was played by Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer. However, a couple of weeks into production, another commitment came up, and Brandauer dropped out of the movie. Suddenly, a new actor was needed for one of the film’s starring roles.

7 of 20

A faxing error almost kept Sean Connery out of the film

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (7)

Paramount

Connery would end up stepping into the role of Ramius, but a miscommunication initially stood in the way. The actor turned the movie down because he didn’t understand why the Soviet Union was being treated like an emerging naval power in the movie. It turned out he was missing the script's first page, which set the story in 1984.

8 of 20

A notable screenwriter worked on the movie

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (8)

Paramount

(Video) The True Story The Hunt For Red October

The Hunt for Red Octoberis credited to Larry Ferguson and Donald E. Stewart. They weren’t the only writers on the film, though. John Milius, who had worked on war films like Apocalypse Now and Red Dawn, was brought in to write some speeches for Connery and some scenes for the Russian characters.

9 of 20

It was directed by an action-movie staple

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (9)

Paramount

John McTiernan was on quite the run in the late ‘80s and the 1990s. He had broken through with Predator in 1987, then in 1988, he directed perhaps the seminal action film of the ‘80s in Die Hard.

10 of 20

They made an interesting linguistic choice

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (10)

Paramount

Russian characters play a key role in The Hunt for Red October, a Cold War story of the U.S. and Soviet Union. So would the Russian characters speak in Russian? Would they speak in English with Russian accents? They decided to go with an unusual middle ground. At first, the Russian characters speak Russian with English subtitles. Then, Peter Firth’s character says the word “Armageddon,” which is the same in both languages. At that point, he switches to speaking English, and the Russian characters, by and large, speak English from there on out.

11 of 20

There was some real military experience on set

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (11)

Paramount

A few actors in this military thriller could have turned to their personal pasts for the film. Connery had been in the Royal Navy, Scott Glenn was in the Marine Corps, and James Earl Jones served in the U.S. Army. Baldwin hadn’t served in the military, but he was trained on how to drive a submarine for the film.

12 of 20

A real submarine was used for the film

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (12)

Paramount

(Video) US Submarine Commander Rates 14 Submarine Scenes In Movies | How Real Is It?

The movie was mostly shot on sound stages on the Paramount lot since you can’t shoot a real movie on a submarine. That doesn’t mean actual subs weren’t involved. The USS Houston and its crew spent a month working on the film. They surfaced more than 40 times during shooting, either in rehearsals or for the camera.

13 of 20

They built moving sets for the movie

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (13)

Paramount

What do you do when you can’t shoot on a submarine? They built moving sets roughly 45 feet above the floor on hydraulic gimbals that could be used to replicate the movements of a sub. These sets could tilt up to 45 degrees.

14 of 20

Connery brought a hairstyle choice to the film

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (14)

Paramount

When Connery showed up to shoot, he was wearing a hairpiece that had a ponytail element. Connery was a fan and wanted to wear it for the movie, but he was pretty much the only one. McTiernan hated it, and Connery started to get mocked on set. He agreed to nix the ponytail and go with the hairpiece you see in the movie. McTiernan jokingly called it a “$20,000 hairpiece,” not because of the actual cost of the piece but because the change led to reshoots.

15 of 20

The subs were color coordinated

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (15)

Paramount

How do you keep track of the action when the bulk of a movie is set on not one but three submarines? They decided to go a classic route: color coding. The Red October is naturally tinted red. The V.K. Konovalov gets green highlights, while the USS Dallas is blue.

16 of 20

Real-life events impacted the film

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (16)

Paramount

(Video) 15 Most Haunted Houses on Earth

The Hunt for Red October is a Cold War film — one of the first films released after the end of the Cold War. Just before the movie hit theaters, the Communist Party was ousted from Soviet Parliament, one of the last events of the Cold War. This led to a crawl being added to the beginning of the film that explained the action was set in 1984, making this one of the first throwback Cold War movies.

17 of 20

The movie struck a chord at the box office

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (17)

Paramount

Apparently, people weren’t against the idea of a Cold War movie when The Hunt for Red October was released. It topped the domestic box office for three weeks upon its release. Off of a budget of $30 million, it made $122 million domestically and $200.5 million worldwide.

18 of 20

It won an Oscar

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (18)

Paramount

The technical aspects of the movie were well appreciated by folks, including the Academy. The Hunt for Red October was nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. It won for the latter.

19 of 20

The film started a loosely-connected film series

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (19)

Paramount

There have been five movies centered on Clancy’s Jack Ryan character. The Hunt for Red October is theonly one that starred Baldwin. Ford took over for Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck would star in The Sum of All Fears. Later, Chris Pine would get a shot in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Funnily enough, Costner pops up in that movie.

20 of 20

Only one actor stayed in the series

20 facts you might not know about 'The Hunt for Red October' (20)

Paramount

(Video) 25 EXTREMELY DISTURBING FACTS You Probably Don't Know

The Hunt for Red October is, by and large, a standalone movie, though it ties into the Jack Ryan Universe. Jones's character of Vice Admiral James Greer appears in both of the Ford films, and the actor also reprises the role. He is the only actor from this film to appear in any other Ryan movie.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the booksThe Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000andThe Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.

FAQs

Did they use a real submarine in Hunt for Red October? ›

During filming, several of the actors portraying U.S.S. Dallas crewmen took a cruise off the coast of San Diego on the U.S.S. Salt Lake City (S.S.N.-716) a real Los Angeles-class submarine.

What river did Red October go to? ›

Ryan and Ramius, their subterfuge complete, navigate Red October to the Penobscot River in Maine.

Where do they hide the Red October? ›

Ryan and Ramius are taking the Red October to Penobscot River in Maine to hide it from Soviet eyes.

Why did the Red October defect? ›

His decision to defect was spurred by personal factors. His wife, Natalia, had died at the hands of an intoxicated and incompetent doctor; however, the doctor escaped punishment because he was the son of a Politburo member.

Why is it called Red October? ›

What was 'Red October'? Use of the term “Red October” can be traced to the Bolsheviks' uprising against the Romanov Dynasty that ruled Russsia in October 1917.

How long was the Red October submarine? ›

Very largely inspired by the "Typhoon" submarine (Project 941), the biggest and largest submarine in the world, the Red October is according to its author "even longer and wider". It takes imagination to better appreciate its gigantism: 198 meters long, 28 meters wide and nearly 50,000 tonnes (!!!).

Is the caterpillar drive real? ›

Yes, this is a real propulsion system, and there was a prototype ferry in Japan that used the technology, but really the whole idea of a caterpillar drive is just a weird footnote in the history of propulsion.

How accurate was Hunt for Red October? ›

The book and the film are loosely based on the true events surrounding a mutiny on the Soviet Burevestnik-class anti-submarine frigate (NATO reporting name Krivak) that was led by a political officer Valery Sablin. The events took place in November 1975.

Why do they speak English in The Hunt for Red October? ›

Because it's cheaper, and easier for the audience to follow. They start out speaking Russian with subtitles to let the audience know they're not speaking English, than simply change from subtitles to audio translation.

What happened to Marko Ramius? ›

After delivering the sub Ramius was hopeful that the political fallout from the entire affair would cause some long overdue change in the Soviet Union. Under the name Mark Ramsey he moved to Florida and worked with the navy on classified Soviet technology.

What happened at the end of Red October? ›

At the end of the Cold War the Russian Navy, bereft of funds, abruptly decommissioned 100 nuclear powered submarines leaving behind a massive nuclear waste disposal problem.

What did Ramius letter say? ›

Thank you for your confidence, and for the opportunity you have given me with command of this magnificent ship! As you know, I have been an officer in the Soviet Navy for nearly thirty years, and this is my seventh submarine command.

What was the Red October trying to do? ›

The Russian submarine captain, Marko Ramius (Sir Sean Connery), defects. His goal is taking it to the U.S. to prevent the Russians from using it to start nuclear war against the U.S.

What was the real Red October? ›

Providing inspiration for Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, the 1975 mutiny aboard the Soviet destroyer Storozhevoy (translated Sentry) aimed at nothing less than the overthrow of Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet government.

When did the Red October sink? ›

In November of 1984, shortly before Gorbachev came to power, a Typhoon-class Soviet sub surfaced just south of the Grand banks. It then sank in deep water apparently suffering a radiation problem. Unconfirmed reports indicated some of the crew were rescued.

Are Red Octobers rare? ›

This extremely rare pair is an iconic piece of both sneaker and music history. The style was debuted by Kanye during his Saturday Night Live performance on May 18th, 2013, and the Red October became one of the most coveted sneakers of the year, long before it was released.

How many red Octobers were made? ›

West would later be seen rocking the “Red Octobers” on the regular with fans both salivating and salty that potentially only 50 pairs would be produced.

Did the Red October sink? ›

The rescue plan resulted in the Russian Navy believing the boat had been destroyed. The Soviet Alfa-class attack submarine Konovalov discovered Red Octobers survival, but was destroyed before it could report back that Red Octobers sinking had been staged.

Who led Red October? ›

LONDON (Reuters) - It is 100 years on Wednesday, using Russia's old calendar, since Vladimir Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in what is now St Petersburg and took power.

What is the largest submarine? ›

Typhoon Class, Russian Navy

Project 941 'Akula' (designated 'Typhoon' by NATO) is the biggest submarine ever built and remains the largest submarine in the world. Four were designed and built for the Soviet Navy and they went into service in 1981. Today, only one remains in service, the Dmitry Donskoy.

Can submarines run silent? ›

Like all mechanical vehicles, a submarine has an engine, gears and many moving parts that are almost impossible to keep fully silent. Even in “Silent Running” stealth mode, with many systems temporarily shut down or quieted, some level of mechanical noise is still produced and radiated out from the sub.

Is Red Route 1 real? ›

It was Pretend. Nothing in that movie was realistic in terms of actual submarine tactics, weapons or thought processes by actual submarine officers.

How big is a boomer submarine? ›

The 18 Ohio-class boomers are the largest ever built by the United States: 560 feet (170 m) long and displacing 18,700 tons submerged, they carry a crew of 157. The Ohio class was designed specifically to carry Trident II missiles, which are much larger than Poseidon or Trident I missiles.

Has the US ever lost a nuclear submarine? ›

Scorpion was lost with all hands on 22 May 1968. She is one of two nuclear submarines the U.S. Navy has lost, the other being USS Thresher.

How realistic was Crimson Tide? ›

It was Pretend. Nothing in that movie was realistic in terms of actual submarine tactics, weapons or thought processes by actual submarine officers. I Served as a Cold War junior officer and later Combat systems department head on two attack submarines. I lived through real missions in the real Cold War.

What does a ping mean submarine? ›

Definition of ping

(Entry 1 of 2) 1 : a sharp sound like that of a striking bullet. 2 : knock sense 2b. 3 : the pulse of sound waves reflected from or emitted by a submerged object in submarine signaling or detection and heard by special apparatus Baylor

How much of Hunt for Red October is in Russian? ›

The Hunt For Red October starts out in Russian, then switches to English in an early scene as the political officer reads the passage from the Bible. The switch occurs on the word "Armageddon", which is the same in both languages.

What aircraft carrier was used in The Hunt for Red October? ›

The USS Dallas had a brush with Hollywood fame in the 1990 Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin thriller, but did not make an appearance in the film — the USS Houston played the part of the Dallas in the movie. The Houston also recently left service and was inactivated in July.

Who was the cook in Hunt for Red October? ›

The Hunt for Red October (1990) - Tomas Arana as Loginov (Cook) - Red October - IMDb.

What happened to Captain Ramius wife? ›

Natalia is the wife of Soviet Union submarine commander Marko Ramius. She was later struck with ovarian cancer, a condition that was exacerbated by the doctor's incompetence and the state of the Soviet health care system, resulting in her death.

What happened to the K 129? ›

CIA documents reveal that she sank "1,560 miles northwest of Hawaii". The International Atomic Energy Agency states that two nuclear warheads from K-129 were located in the Pacific 1,230 miles from Kamchatka at coordinates 40°6'N and 179°57'E at a depth of 6,000 metres (20,000 ft), and lists them as recovered.

How does The Hunt for Red October relate to the Cold War? ›

“The Hunt for Red October” was able to portray Cold War facts, fears, and ideologies, such as the race for technological supremacy and its negative effects, the idea that Communists cannot be trusted, the concept of American Exceptionalism, and the rising tensions and unhappiness within the USSR which eventually lead ...

When Was The Hunt for Red October set? ›

Plot. The year is 1984. Captain First Rank Marko Ramius is the commanding officer of Red October, a new Soviet submarine whose caterpillar drive renders it undetectable to sonar.

How much did Alec Baldwin make for Red October? ›

You're the peso.”' After earning raves for his pivotal role as cerebral CIA agent Jack Ryan in 1990's Red October, a surprise $120 million hit, Baldwin was set to reprise the character in Paramount's next two Tom Clancy adaptations for a choice $4 million apiece.
...
Patriot Games.
typeMovie
directorPhillip Noyce
2 more rows
20 Sept 1991

How long did it take to write Hunt for Red October? ›

Clancy wrote novels as a hobby. He began working on The Hunt for Red October in 1982. The book took only four months to complete and was accepted for publication by Naval Institute Press in 1984.

How realistic is The Hunt for Red October? ›

The Hunt for Red October was largely authentic, except for a few issues. One example is when the commanding officer on USS Dallas signaled a destroyer by flashing Morse Code from the submarine's periscope.

Is a caterpillar drive real? ›

Yes, this is a real propulsion system, and there was a prototype ferry in Japan that used the technology, but really the whole idea of a caterpillar drive is just a weird footnote in the history of propulsion.

Has the U.S. ever lost a nuclear submarine? ›

Scorpion was lost with all hands on 22 May 1968. She is one of two nuclear submarines the U.S. Navy has lost, the other being USS Thresher.

How realistic is Crimson Tide? ›

"Crimson Tide" gives a reasonable depiction of life aboard a Trident. But there are plenty of other departures from reality: Setting sail: Trident crews don't stand at attention at dockside, don't hear any rousing speeches and don't run aboard to a bugle call. Everyone is too busy getting the massive machine under way.

When did Red October happen? ›

Providing inspiration for Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, the 1975 mutiny aboard the Soviet destroyer Storozhevoy (translated Sentry) aimed at nothing less than the overthrow of Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet government.

Who led Red October? ›

LONDON (Reuters) - It is 100 years on Wednesday, using Russia's old calendar, since Vladimir Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace in what is now St Petersburg and took power.

When did The Hunt for Red October take place? ›

Plot. The year is 1984. Captain First Rank Marko Ramius is the commanding officer of Red October, a new Soviet submarine whose caterpillar drive renders it undetectable to sonar.

Can submarines run silent? ›

Like all mechanical vehicles, a submarine has an engine, gears and many moving parts that are almost impossible to keep fully silent. Even in “Silent Running” stealth mode, with many systems temporarily shut down or quieted, some level of mechanical noise is still produced and radiated out from the sub.

Is Red Route 1 real? ›

It was Pretend. Nothing in that movie was realistic in terms of actual submarine tactics, weapons or thought processes by actual submarine officers.

How big is a boomer submarine? ›

The 18 Ohio-class boomers are the largest ever built by the United States: 560 feet (170 m) long and displacing 18,700 tons submerged, they carry a crew of 157. The Ohio class was designed specifically to carry Trident II missiles, which are much larger than Poseidon or Trident I missiles.

Can submarines sit on the ocean floor? ›

With but one exception, US nuclear submarines do not sit on the sea floor. As has been explained in other answers, too much sand, silt and other debris would be sucked in by the seawater cooling systems and cause a lot of problems. The one exception was the US Navy's nuclear research submarine, NR-1.

How many Russian subs have sank? ›

Nine nuclear submarines have sunk, either by accident or scuttling. The Soviet Navy has lost five (one of which sank twice), the Russian Navy two, and the United States Navy (USN) two.

What is the deadliest submarine in the world? ›

The Typhoon class, Soviet designation Project 941 Akula (Russian: Акула, meaning "shark", NATO reporting name Typhoon), is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines designed and built by the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy.

Can the captain relieve the XO? ›

By order of a medical officer, a Naval ship's commanding officer may be relieved of duties on medical grounds only. The executive officer may not relieve the CO unless ordered to do so by a superior commander. A ship's company relieving the CO is called mutiny and results in the death penalty.

What does 1SQ mean on a submarine? ›

What does "condition 1SQ" mean? Several liberties were taken with the term for cinema's sake but it's short for "1 status quo" which means the submarine is ready to launch it's missiles. In Navy jargon, 4SQ means the lowest level of alertness for missile launch, essentially, a submarine is back at it's base.

What is an XO on a submarine? ›

1. The Executive Officer is the second-in-command and head of the Warfare department. He/she is responsible to the Commanding Officer for the general organization of the submarine and for the discipline, moral and welfare of the whole ship's company, and for the co-ordination of their training. 2.

Videos

1. LIVESTREAM - Prince Harry's Memoir "Spare," Meghan Markle's Pap Walk-of-Shame & Surfing Princess
(Royal News Network)
2. Ninja Kidz Movie | Season 1 Remastered
(Ninja Kidz TV)
3. Scary Space Facts That Will Make You Question Your Life...
(Top5s)
4. 10 SHOPPING SECRETS Costco Doesn't Want You to Know!
(The Deal Guy)
5. Best Evidence of Life After Death
(The Infographics Show)
6. 15 Moments You Wouldn’t Believe If Not Filmed
(Top Fives)

Top Articles

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Amb. Frankie Simonis

Last Updated: 11/13/2022

Views: 5717

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (76 voted)

Reviews: 83% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Amb. Frankie Simonis

Birthday: 1998-02-19

Address: 64841 Delmar Isle, North Wiley, OR 74073

Phone: +17844167847676

Job: Forward IT Agent

Hobby: LARPing, Kitesurfing, Sewing, Digital arts, Sand art, Gardening, Dance

Introduction: My name is Amb. Frankie Simonis, I am a hilarious, enchanting, energetic, cooperative, innocent, cute, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.