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The Cold War came to an end in 1989. A year later, Hollywood gave it a grand send-off with an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s breakout techno-thriller, The Hunt for Red October.
Set in 1984 at the height of US-Soviet tensions, the movie slaps a fresh coat of paint on the classic Cold War tropes to do for submarines what Top Gun did for jets. The chase is on to find a rogue USSR nuclear sub trying to defect to the USA before the Motherland can blow it out of the water.
Director John McTiernan was fresh off his insane run of stone cold 80’s classics Predator and Die Hard, and here turns in his third consecutive winner. Starring Sean Connery, Sam Neill, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones, and Scott Glenn - plus Alec Baldwin in his breakout role as the first (and best) Jack Ryan - The Hunt for Red October is a taut, fun ride from start to finish and the perfect coda for an era.
So let’s take a deep dive on it, shall we?