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THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER Directed by John McTiernan

Screenplay by Larry Ferguson and Donald Stewart

Back in 1983, before Gorbachev, before glasnost, before perestroika, there was, it seems, Captain Marko Alexandrovich Ramius, commander of the Soviet Typhoon-class submarine Red October. Since he is played by the estimable Sean Connery in this movie version of Tom Clancy's hurricane-class best seller, you know he can't be a hard-liner -- a stern-liner, maybe, but never a hard-liner.

Even so, it may come as a surprise to find a career submariner in any navy, let alone the Soviet fleet, as determined as Ramius is...

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