K-19: The Widowmaker [DVD] [2002]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Synopsis


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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Harrison Ford
    Harrison Ford - Captain Alexei Vostrikov
  • Liam Neeson
    Liam Neeson - Mikhail Polenin
  • Peter Sarsgaard
    Peter Sarsgaard - Vadim Ratchenko
  • Joss Ackland
    Joss Ackland - Marshal Zelentstov
  • John Shrapnel
    John Shrapnel - Admiral Bratyeev



Customer rating

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100%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Historical Story With Suspense and Heroism

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    Seth
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    Certain liberties were taken with the true story but none the less, it was an exciting film about the first steps taken during the Cold War and how action without caution can lead to disaster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    liam neeson and harrison ford steal the show!!!!!!

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    CyanideTheJudasKissAllNightmareLong101

    good movie i lovved harrison ford in all the indiana jones movies i was skeptical about this movie but im glad he made it and he did a perfect job in this movie he and liaam nesone both steal the show one awesome movie for a great price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Older movie I wanted to add to my UltraVoilet.

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    Snagnasty
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    Want to add movie to my UltraVoilet movie account. Looking at it again, still a good movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Harrison Ford

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    OUMFE
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    Harrison Ford is Harrison Ford and Han Solo, but he's not Russian.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    drama

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    lettuce9
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    Harrison Ford in a great suspense movie-keeps you on the edge of your seat!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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