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Hostile Waters

Hostile Waters

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Hostile Waters  The True story of how an antiquated Soviet Project 667a “Yankee” Class Submarine, K-219 collides with a Hunter Killer “Los Angeles” Class American submarine causing a leakage in the K-219’s missile bays, almost leading to nuclear meltdown in it’s reactors off the shores of Bermuda.

As good as “Red October”

Hostile Waters  It is debatable whether one should put down this film because of its inaccurate portrayal of the book it’s based on, but as a TV movie this proved very tight and and absorbing. Director David Drury has done wonders on what I assumed is a very small budget. Rutger Hauer is excellent as the Captain forced to make impromptu decisions with life and death consequences. His challenge was how to keep the pride and dignity of the Soviet people in such dire circumstances. Sadly, the Soviet captain may be revered as a hero by America but in the Soviet Union he has been labelled a villain.

Admittedly the roles of people like Martin Sheen and Max Von Sydow were much underplayed, but this is excusable considering most of the tension centered in the Soviet sub. Besides Hauer, the acting by the rest of the Soviet crew was superb. There are many submarine-based movies of late, and although I’m watching this three years late, Hostile Waters certainly has kept it’s head high. I’d rank this movie as good as “The Hunt For Red October”.


Suddenly… a lot more relevant in 2000.

Not a bad film. The acting depicted the heroism and desperation that, as far as anyone (not in the submarine or military intelligence community) can know, really occurred. Based upon the truth (or at least what is generally known). After the ‘Kursk’ incident, this film seems a lot better and probably more realistic than other submarine movies… with the exception of ‘Das Boot’. May not be ‘edge of your seat’ excitement, but certainly more real than “U-571”.


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