The Russians are back! the Russians are back! writers of international thrillers, on page or screen, must have whooped for joy when Vladimir Zhirinovsky began spouting his virulent nationalism. What if this character got his finger on the nuclear button? Why, there'd be a right-wing update of the old red menace. So here, lighting a flame under Cold War II, is Crimson Tide, a burly, chatty melodrama about the imminence of annihilation. On a U.S. nuclear submarine, only two men-grizzled old Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman) and his starchy second-in-command, Lieut. Commander Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington)-have the power to trigger the apocalypse...

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