The Hunt for Red October

Theatrical Release: March 2, 1990
The Hunt for Red October


A new, technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin ) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it-because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!

Dove Review

Captain Marko Ramius of the submarine Red October has a plan and the plot of the movie circles around his intentions. Does he plan to defect from the then-Soviet Union to the United States, or does he plan to get close enough to the U.S. in order to deploy missiles at the country?

The movie has a bit of a James Bond feel to it and interestingly enough, Sean Connery plays Captain Ramius. Alec Baldwin plays Jack Ryan, the only man who seems to believe that Ramius truly intends to defect to the United States. With a saboteur on board the Red October, the plot climaxes with a revelation of intent and some great action sequences. However, the movie is peppered with strong language, and we cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: GD-6; J-5; Chr*st-2; G/OMG-4; Mother of God-1; H-17; A-3; SOB-2; D-5; S-1; P-1; B-1; Bu*t-1; Puke-1; A comment about the sound of whales humping.
Violence: Several men are shot and killed; one character's neck is broken; torpedo attacks;
Drugs: Smoking and drinking.
Nudity: Shirtless man.
Other: The topic of betrayal and the theme of corrupt governments is included.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Tom Clancy and Larry Ferguson
Director: John McTiernan
Producer: Mace Neufeld
Genre: Action
Runtime: 134 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter