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Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this tense military thriller. Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) is the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Alabama. Ramsey is a distinguished veteran near the end of his career, and he leads his men with an iron hand; as he puts it, "We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it." Ramsey is assigned a new second-in-command, Lt. Cmmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington); Hunter is much younger than Ramsey, Harvard educated, and believes the goal of the military in the nuclear age is to prevent war, not fight it. While at sea, word reaches the Alabama that a splinter group of Russian forces have seized missile silos, and the ship is put on red alert. The Alabama has orders to fire, but as it is receiving a new incoming order the radio malfunctions. It's Ramsey's contention that an order is an order and they are to move forward with the attack, while Hunter feels if there is any question at all about their mission, they should wait until they can receive further instruction, with Hunter going so far as to threaten mutiny against Ramsey if the missile strike is carried out. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Towne both contributed to the screenplay without credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 12, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Watters II Best Sound Effects 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Kline Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Lebenzon Best Editing 1995 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Dariusz Wolski Best Cinematography 1995 Nominee

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Gene Hackman
as Capt. Frank Ramsey
George Dzundza
as Cob
Viggo Mortensen
as Lt. Peter (Weps) Ince
James Gandolfini
as Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Matt Craven
as Lt. Roy Zimmer
Rocky Carroll
as Lt. Darik Westerguard
Jaime Gomez
as Ood Mahoney
Michael Milhoan
as Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder
as TSO Billy Linkletter
Danny Nucci
as Danny Rivetti
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler
Eric Bruskotter
as Bennefield
Rick Schroder
as Lt. Paul Hellerman
Steve Zahn
as William Barnes
Christopher Birt
as Helmsman
Jacob Vargas
as Sonarman #2
Earl Billings
as Rick Marichek
Mark Christopher Lawrence
as Head Cook Rono
Michael Chieffo
as Chief Kline
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Julia Hunter
Daniel Von Bargen
as Vladimir Radchenko
Warren Olney
as Anchorman
Rad Daly
as Lt. Comdr. Nelson
Sean O'Bryan
as Phone Talker
Scott Grimes
as Petty Officer Hilaire
Ryan Phillippe
as Seaman Grattam
Chris Ellis
as Additional Magician
Jason Robards, Jr.
as President of Inquiry Board at Pearl Harbor
Christopher Birt
as Helmsman
Chris Ellis
as Additional Magician
Scott Grimes
as Petty Officer Hilaire
Warren Olney
as Anchorman
Mark Christopher Lawrence
as Head Cook Rono
Jaime Gomez
as Ood Mahoney
Michael Milhoan
as Hunsicker
Scott Burkholder
as TSO Billy Linkletter
Lillo Brancato Jr.
as Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler
Rick Schroder
as Lt. Paul Hellerman
Eric Bruskotter
as Bennefield
Ryan Phillippe
as Seaman Grattam
Danny Nucci
as Danny Rivetti
Rad Daly
as Lt. Comdr. Nelson
Michael Chieffo
as Chief Kline
Sean O'Bryan
as Phone Talker
Rocky Carroll
as Lt. Darik Westerguard
Steve Zahn
as William Barnes
Earl Billings
as Rick Marichek
Daniel Von Bargen
as Vladimir Radchenko
Jacob Vargas
as Sonarman #2
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Julia Hunter

Crew

Tony Scott
Director
Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer
Don Simpson
Producer
Mike Moder
Producer
Michael Schiffer
Screen Story
Michael Schiffer
Screenwriter
Dariusz Wolski
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Lebenzon
Editor
James Murakami
Art Director
Dianne I. Wager
Art Director
Don Woodruff
Art Director
James W. Skotchdopole
Associate Producer
Bill Unger
Executive Producer
Lucas Foster
Executive Producer
Mike Moder
Executive Producer
George Little
Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan
Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Kline
Sound/Sound Designer
Hoyt Yeatman
Special Effects
Michael St. Hilaire
Camera Operator
Martin Schaer
Camera Operator
Alan Oliney
Stunts
Jim Nickerson
Stunts
Gary Price
Stunts
Pete Antico
Stunts
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Pilot
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