K-19 - The Widowmaker (2002)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Joss Ackland Marshal Zelentsov
Christian Camargo Pavel Loktev
Harrison Ford Captain Alexi Vostrikov
Ravil Issyanov Suslov (as Ravil Isyanov)
Ravil Isyanov Suslov
Liam Neeson Mikhail Polenin
Steve Nicholson Demichev
Steve Nicolson Demichev
Roman Podhora Lapinsh
Sam Redford Vasily
Peter Sarsgaard Vadim Ratchenko
John Shrapnel Admiral Bratyeev
Lex Shrapnel Kornilov
Sam Spruell Dmitri
Peter Stebbings Kuryshev
Donald Sumpter Dr. Savran
Tim Woodward Konstantin Partonov
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Thriller
Director Kathryn Bigelow
Producer Kathryn Bigelow; Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Writer Louis Nowra; Christopher Kyle
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 138 mins
Country UK
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.6
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. — Karl Williams
Personal Details
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Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 097363402145
Chapters 16
Release Date 8/19/2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen