The Hunt for Red October

Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.

The only Russian seadog to speak with a Scottish burr (and what of it?), Sean Connery leads his men into a showdown with world-ending consequences in the first adaptation of Tom Clancy’s military thrillers.

Alec Baldwin is CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a part later inherited by Harrison Ford, then a parade of wanna-be’s, while the supporting cast is awash with Hall o’ Famers like Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, and James Earl Jones.

But it’s Connery, beard at full bristle, piloting his nuclear submarine into uncharted waters, who commands every scene.

Captain, my captain.

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