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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 19 July 2002 (USA)
When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

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The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,778,459 (USA) (19 July 2002)

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$35,168,677 (USA) (18 October 2002)
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The meter used in the scene where the ships doctor is checking the radiation dosimeters by inserting them into a dosimeter reader is not actually a reader at all. It is a modified Hewlett Packard (now Agilent) HP3555A/B Transmission Level/Noise test set used by telephone and communications technicians. This actual meter was not developed by HP until several years after the K19 incident. The method for reading dosimeters at the time was to look through them (like you would a telescope) and read the progression of an indicator on a ruler like scale. See more »

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Near the end when the men are going onto other sub Liam Neeson's character tells Ford's character all men are accounted for. Earlier in the movie one of the crew abandon the sub. This makes Neeson's statement correct as he does not state that all men are present, only that all are accounted for. See more »

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Capt. Mikhail Polenin: All compartments: report readiness!
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Referenced in K19: Breaching the Hull (2002) See more »

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Selections from 'Voices of Light'
("Victory At Orleans", "Interrogation", "Abjuration", "Relapse", "Karitas", "The Final Walk")
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Just proves critics know nothing about good film making
22 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Forget the critics, forget about the whiney Russian sailors: this film is worth watching. This just goes to show how idiotic the general viewing public has become. Critics have become nothing but a bunch of "good review" whores who work for commission and free gifts. It just goes to show idiotic they are, embracing schlock like Spider-man but putting down audacity like this film. For shame. With a good cast, excellent tension and Harrison Ford, they still want more action and silly exposition.

Maybe it is the subject matter, or maybe it's the fact Harrison Ford isn't killing anyone and trying to act sexy, but I cannot understand why anyone would put this film down. I don't think this film is detrimental to the reputations to the Russian sailors, who were portrayed with gusto and bravado not exhibited in most submarine films. Also, the claustrophobic nature of the film must have been difficult to film, considering the close quarters the characters had to work with. Overall, the film probably could have used some fine tuning, but the way it is, it is still quite a film to watch. 7.2/10


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