The blog following has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.
Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.
A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst 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 Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !
Chapter One – Turbulence 0:00:00 – 0:12:46
One screen we see printed in white letters
In November of 1984 shortly before Gorbachev come to power a typhoon class Soviet sub safest just south of the Grand Banks it then sank in deep water apparently suffering irradiation problem unconfirmed reports indicated some of the crew were rescued to reported statements by post Soviet and American government’s nothing of what you’re about to see ever happened.
The screen goes blank once again, and we are show Captain Marko Ramius (Sir Sean Connery) as he looks out over Polijarny Inlet North of Soviet sub base near murmansk (the printed on screen) Someone comes behind him Captain Borodin (Sam Neill) and wishes him a good morning in Russian underneath there are subtitles in English, To which she replies cold and hard. We are then shown the submarine there standing on as it he’s being pulled out to sea by for small dogs the gentleman with Marko Ramius says it is time and they’re both agree. The credits roll above the action as the sub is pulled out, In red lettering and in Russian the words Red October appear there is a swipe and they turn into English.
As the rest of the credits play out we are shown blueprints, schematics, models and computer read outs as a gentleman works at a computer desk, he switches off the small laptop puts a few papers into a briefcase and then we are shown an image of a little girl as she looks up at Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) tells the little girl she should be up stairs sleeping and then we move to a woman standing on the stairs and then a second woman (we later finds out her name is Sally Jack Ryan’s wife played by Gates McFadden) a very posh English accent talking to the woman she tells her one story and two glasses of water. Jack Ryan and the posh lady are dress to walk out of the house, the posh lady tells Jack he will miss his flight Jack tells little girl that when he’s on his business trip he will bring back Stanley girls teddy bear a little brother. We then cut to London Heathrow Airport International departures outside in the rain, a black Land Rover pulls up driven by the posh lady and Jack Ryan exits into the terminal itself.
Now on the plane Jack Ryan his ass by the stewardess he wants anything it is still continue to rain outside the plane in fact it looks like a storm Jack replays no he doesn’t need anything the stewardess points out if he actually sleeps the flight may go a little faster but Jack Ryan then says he doesn’t sleep on planes because of the turbulence, then goes into a technical explanation on how turbulence works to emphasize the point the camera zooms in on to his coffee cup as it rattles in its saucer, the credits are still being shown on screen as Jack walks through the airport. Two gentleman approach Jack Ryan as he walks through one asked him if he is Dr Ryan and the other waits a few steps behind all three of them Sean riding in a car to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters Langley Virginia. Behind a desk Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones) Stands up and shakes hands with Ryan as he walks through his office door Admiral Greer offers Jack coffee and they talked about Jack’s family and his little girl, Admiral Greer then asks Jack what’s so important to get Jack on a plane at 2 o’clock in the morning,
Jack Ryan then lays out to black and white photographs saved British Intelligence took these two days ago they are believed to be the Red October the latest typhoon class Admiral Greer takes one of the photographs of the table and study is it Ryan tells him that the captain of the submarine is Ramius, Greer then asks rain if he is one of his to which line replies yes I did the biography of him last year. He then goes into a small history of Marko he’s checking out every single attack but for the last 10 years and has very good political connections antidotes the Russians call him the Vilnius schoolmaster.
Greer’s next question is what are the doors are Ryan has no idea and no do the British but they have friends who think they know the answer and he requests permission to show the pictures to Skip Tyler, Greer knows of skip Tyler but Ryan quickly goes into a potted history and tells great that is clearance is top secret or better and he’s been cheating at the Academy since the last of his leg in an automobile accident. Greer it’s the telephone and all is a car for Jack Ryan to be downstairs in 10 minutes. Ryan looks at Greer who simply says that the Red October was picked up on a satellite few hours ago
The screen fades to black and then becomes blue and we hear the sound of whale song and the outer hull and engine noise of USS Dallas Los Angeles class attack submarine 100 miles north west of Polijarny Inlet. On the inside we see to men working at very a impressive sonar station, one asks the other what can you hear to which the reply is I’m not sure yet but after moving a few switches is able to distinguish the sound, the gentleman asking the questions has he feets up on one of the chairs as the other works at the controls the printer in the corner kicks into life and prints out what it believes the sound could be a biologic the gentleman working the controls whose name is Beaumont (Ned Vaughn) asks what is meant by a biologic and guy with his feet up who is called Jones (Courtney B. Vance) tell him it’s a whale a marine mammal which knows a lot about Sonar than he does.
Beaumont signs and a third man enters the little sonar area, and he then it goes on to explain if Jones keeps ragging on him to much he should ask him about Pavarotti, The third man Chief of the Boat (this gentlemens character does not have a name he’s just referred to in the credits chief of the boat Larry Ferguson) then tells Beaumont about Jones play classical music out of the sonar System so that everyone in the Navy including a boat out in Pearl Harbour can hear it they are certainly interrupted by the sonar system as a red light on the control panel begins to flash it’s a distant contact beginning to submerge Jones thinks it’s a missile boat coming out of the inlet which he calls it into Captain Bart Mancuso, (Scott Glenn) who tells him to start tracking it and he will be into the sonar room in a minute.
The differences between the book and the film –
At the beginning of the film we are told that we are watching a true account of a incident which happened in 1984, the history books however say none of these actually took place.
Well the first chapter of the book is exclusively about Marko Ramius, the Russian Navy Fleet and the Red October, but what get here what we get is 5 minutes in the company of the Russian crew as it is taken out to see, we are then introduced to Jack Ryan doesn’t appear in the book until the 4th day or Chapter 4
All the Marko Ramius biography that we have lived through and felt through the last three chapters is passed off to Jack Ryan as he gives an extremely potted history to Admiral Greer, after he makes the trip from England to CIA headquarters is quite clever to use the transition from there as an opening sequence so you can get the credits out of the way and establish both character and setting.
As Jack Ryan briefs Admiral Greer, skip Tyler is mentioned and the established intelligence information from the British Navy is also alluded to.
We then have Jones being introduced the sonar officer onboard the Dallas, and again pretty much of his back story is passed off by adding a few lines to a third character needing to be told the information from chief of the boat who in the film doesn’t have a name but in the book is called Mr Thompson. Jones is established by quickly as a teacher so therefore a clever person without going into very much detail.
So within 12 minutes we have captain Marko ramius the dark forbidding a Russian officer of the red october Jack Ryan something in the CIA Admiral Greer his boss and the captain, chief of the boat and sauna operator of the Dallas. All with their define goals, And role within the structure of the story. But it also leaves out the hierarchical structure for the Russian Navy and some Marko Ramius motivation if in fact it is the same thing as the book.
Ok so that’s the first chapter of the DVD compared to the first chapter of the book I know it’s quite a big thing and the first chapter in the book is very plain yet the first chapter DVD, covers a lot more ground and does established 1 or 2 characters quite quickly. But we are at the same point the red october has been launched with Marko ramius charged CIA analysis officer Jack Ryan is looking into the outer doors on the boat and the USS Dallas has noticed her leaving the shipyards,
I hope you can join me next week as we start chapter 2 of the DVD called Two Keys One Safe and as always if you have been thank you for Reading.