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K-19: the Widowmaker

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • 132 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The captain of Russia's first nuclear submarine is demoted for expressing fears that the vessel is unfit for commission. However, his anxieties prove well-founded when the reactor malfunctions, creating the possibility of a nuclear explosion the US would mistake for an attack - and potentially triggering a global conflict. Kathryn Bigelow's fact-based thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Peter Sarsgaard.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, The Hurt Locker) directs this workmanlike thriller based on the true story of a Soviet nuclear submarine that sprung a radioactive leak and almost started the Third World War in 1961. Harrison Ford plays the captain willing to sacrifice all for the Soviet Union, who finds himself at loggerheads with second-in-command Liam Neeson, who has only the welfare of the crew at heart. After an interminable amount of time with the pair locking horns, the nuclear reactor leaks and the film gets interesting. The doomed sailors begin to succumb to the radiation and the claustrophobic tension finally begins to build, but it's all too little, too late.

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Credits

Cast

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Alexei VostrikovHarrison Ford
Mikhail PoleninLiam Neeson
Vadim RadtchenkoPeter Sarsgaard
Marshal ZelentstovJoss Ackland
Admiral BratyeevJohn Shrapnel
Dr SavranDonald Sumpter
PartonovTim Woodward
DemichevSteve Nicolson
SuslovRavil Issyanov
PavelChristian Camargo

Crew

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DirectorKathryn Bigelow

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2002-10-25
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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