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The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan ...Show synopsisThe first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. Ramius sets the plot in motion when he murders his political adviser, burns his orders, and steers his sub Red October towards American waters, hoping to defect. The CIA, aware that the Red October was about to embark on an evasive mission to demonstrate its ability to avoid detection and fire its nuclear missiles upon U.S. installations, believes that Ramius is insane, and that he plans to start World War III. To cover their own behinds, the Russians back up the CIA's suspicion. Only Jack Ryan believes that Ramius' mission is not as apocalyptic as it seems -- and it is Ryan who is assigned to infiltrate the Red October to prove his theory. The sort of film that in an earlier era would have been called a "thinking man's thriller," The Hunt for Red October ushered in a new series of Hollywood-produced post-Cold War adventure films, including 1995's Crimson Tide. ~ Hal Erickson, RoviHide synopsis
Guess I'm just not the military type, but I found the book boring, too much protracted discussion of trivia that slowed the storyline significantly. In fact, the book ends up with a double climax, the second one being tedious to read.
Instead of reading the book, watch the movie, The movie puts the story in high gear, allows the suspense to fully impact the viewer (you're never quite sure how it's going to go), and moves along to a decent single climax. It's worth tracking down the DVD!
This one rates as one of my favorites of all time! Baldwin and Connery do an absolutely fantastic job in this flick based on Tom Clancy's novel. I love the storyline. The action is great and the "mental" games that are played out by the characters are superb. A great example of "cat and mouse" in the political-thriller genre. Arguably the best of the Jack Ryan films.