K-19: the Widowmaker

K-19: the Widowmaker

Kathryn Bigelow (2002)

12 Certificate


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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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Alexei Vostrikov Harrison Ford
Mikhail Polenin Liam Neeson
Vadim Radtchenko Peter Sarsgaard
Marshal Zelentstov Joss Ackland
Admiral Bratyeev John Shrapnel
Dr Savran Donald Sumpter
Partonov Tim Woodward
Demichev Steve Nicolson
Director Kathryn Bigelow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 25 Oct 2002