Cinema: Real-Life Red October

A Soviet naval officer and a band of co-conspirators lock the captain of their ship in his cabin, tie up the other officers and head for asylum in the West. Military authorities learn of the mutiny and set out in pursuit. Sound similar to The Hunt for Red October? No wonder. The incident, revealed last week in the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, turns out to have been the real-life basis for Tom Clancy's blockbuster, the film version of which, starring Sean Connery, is now playing across the U.S.

The mutineer was Valery Sablin, deputy commander of the destroyer Storozhevoi. In Izvestia's account,...

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