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K-19: The Widowmaker Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A real-life historical incident becomes the basis for this military thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow that's reminiscent of such submarine dramas as Kathryn Bigelow (1981), Kathryn Bigelow (1990), Kathryn Bigelow (1995), and Kathryn Bigelow (2000). Harrison Ford stars as Captain Alexi Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer who's being given command of the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel's previous commander, Captain Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson) has been demoted to executive officer following a botched test and his outspoken assertions that the flagship is not yet ready for deployment, but he curbs his resentment and resolves to serve his new superior well. Polenin's concerns are well founded: parts are not yet installed, equipment is missing, and the ship's doctor is killed in an auto mishap. Political pressure forces Vostrikov to sail his crew into the North Atlantic anyway, for a missile fire test that serves as a warning to the U.S. that its enemy is now its technological equal. The test is a success, but a disastrous leak in the K-19's reactor cooling system soon threatens to create enough heat to detonate the craft's nuclear payload -- which would certainly be mistaken for the first salvo in a worldwide atomic exchange and spark the beginning of World War III. With no other option, Vostrikov orders his men to repair the damage in ten-minute shifts, irradiating them hopelessly. The conflict between the seemingly bureaucratic Communist Vostrikov and the more humane Polenin escalates, until a surprising twist reveals where both officers' loyalties truly lie. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:July 19, 2002

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Captain Alexei Vostrikov
Liam Neeson
as Mikhail Polenin
Peter Sarsgaard
as Vadim Ratchenko
Joss Ackland
as Marshal Zelentstov
John Shrapnel
as Admiral Bratyeev
Donald Sumpter
as Dr. Savran
Tim Woodward
as Konstantin Partonov
Steve Nicolson
as Demichev
Ravil Isyanov
as Igor Suslov
Christian Camargo
as Pavel Loktev
George Anton
as Konstantin Poliansky
Tygh Runyan
as Maxim Portenko
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson
as Viktor Gorelov
Shawn Mathieson
as Stepan Komarov
Peter Stebbings
as Maxim Kuryshey
William Lucas
as Yuzef Mankevitch
Sam Spruell
Peter Stebbings
as Maxim Kuryshey
Tygh Runyan
as Maxim Portenko
William Lucas
as Yuzef Mankevitch
Shawn Mathieson
as Stepan Komarov
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson
as Viktor Gorelov
George Anton
as Konstantin Poliansky

Crew

Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
Producer
Christine Whitaker
Producer
Ed Feldman
Producer
Christopher Kyle
Screenwriter
Louis Nowra
Screen Story
Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Klaus Badelt
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Murch
Editor
Karl Juliusson
Production Designer
Michael Novotny
Production Designer
Arvinder Grewal
Art Director
Steven Charles Jaffe
Co-producer
Brent O'Connor
Co-producer
Basil Iwanyk
Co-producer
Mark Wolfe
Co-producer
Mary Montiforte
Co-producer
Steve Danton
Associate Producer
Winship Cook
Associate Producer
Samara Koffler
Associate Producer
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Harrison Ford
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Guy East
Executive Producer
Carol Lavallee
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
Bruce Carwardine
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Danton
First Assistant Director
Ross Clydesdale
Casting
Mali Finn
Casting
Mary Selway
Casting
Bruce Jones
Visual Effects Supervisor
Christina Smith
Makeup
Colin Chilvers
Special Effects Coordinator
Gary Capo
Additional Cinematography
Joel Sill
Music Producer
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