The Hunt for Red October (1990) Poster

Alec Baldwin: Jack Ryan



  • [last lines] 

    Captain Ramius : "... and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home." Christopher Columbus.

    Jack Ryan : Welcome to the New World, Captain.

  • Jack Ryan : [to himself, imitating Ramius]  "Ryan, some things in here don't react well to bullets." Yeah, like me. I don't react well to bullets.

  • Adm. Painter : What's his plan?

    Jack Ryan : His plan?

    Adm. Painter : Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan.

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : [Ramius comments in Russian to Borodin that Mancuso is a "buckaroo". Ryan laughs]  What's so funny?

    Jack Ryan : Ah, the Captain seems to think you're some kind of... cowboy.

    Captain Ramius : [spoken "You parle ruski"]  You speak Russian.

    Jack Ryan : [in Russian]  A little. It is wise to study the ways of ones adversary. Don't you think?

    Captain Ramius : [in English]  It is.

  • [the Russian Alpha submarine shoots a torpedo at the Red October] 

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : Torpedo impact, 20 seconds.

    Captain Ramius : [to Ryan]  What books?

    Jack Ryan : [confused]  Pardon me?

    Captain Ramius : What books did you write?

    Jack Ryan : I wrote a biography of, of Admiral Halsey, called "The Fighting Sailor", about, uh, naval combat tactics...

    Captain Ramius : I know this book!

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : Torpedo impact...

    Captain Ramius : Your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan...

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : ...10 seconds.

    Captain Ramius : ...Halsey acted stupidly.

    [Ryan is dumbfounded that Ramius' mind is about book criticism, while they are about to be hit by a torpedo within a few seconds] 

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : 9, 8, 7, 6...

    [Ryan looks worriedly at captain Mancuso] 

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : 5, 4, 3, 2...

    [everyone prepares for the impact] 

    Capt. Vasili Borodin : Torpedo impact... now.

    [the torpedo slams into the bow of Red October and breaks up harmlessly on impact. The Red October is unharmed. The broken shards of the torpedo drift away] 

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : I'll be damned.

    Jack Ryan : What happened?

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Combat tactics, Mr. Ryan. By turning into the torpedo, the Captain closed the distance before it could arm itself.

  • Jack Ryan : [in the shower] 

    [imitating the Admiral] 

    Jack Ryan : "The average Ruskie, son, don't take a dump without a plan." Wait a minute. We don't have to figure out how to get the crew off the sub. He's already done that, he would have had to. All we gotta do is figure out what he's gonna do. So how's he gonna get the crew off the sub.

    [later, shaving] 

    Jack Ryan : They have to want to get off. How do you get a crew to want to get off a submarine? How do you get a crew to want to get off a nuclear sub...


  • Jeffrey Pelt : You slammed the door on the General pretty hard, didn't you?

    Jack Ryan : That was not my intention.

    Jeffrey Pelt : Oh, yes, it was! He was patronizing you, and you stomped on him! And in my opinion, he deserved it!

  • Jack Ryan : Well... Ramius trained most of their Officer Corps, which would put him in a position to select men willing to help him. And he's not Russian. He's Lithuanian by birth, raised by his paternal grandfather, a fisherman. He has no children, no ties to leave behind. And today is the first anniversary of his wife's death.

    General : Oh, come on. You're just an analyst, what can you possibly know what goes on in his mind?

    Jack Ryan : I know Ramius, General. He's nearly a legend in the submarine community.

  • [about Ramius] 

    Jack Ryan : Has he made any Crazy Ivans?

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : What difference does that make?

    Jack Ryan : Because his next one is going to be to starboard.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Why? Because his last was to port?

    Jack Ryan : No. Because he always goes to starboard in the bottom half of the hour.

    [Mancuso looks at a clock, and sees it's near the half-hour mark] 

  • Helicopter Pilot : Fuel status says we turn back now.

    Jack Ryan : Wait a minute. Fuel status? You have a reserve, don't you?

    Helicopter Pilot : Yes, sir. I've got a ten minute reserve... but I'm not allowed to invade that except in time of war.

    Jack Ryan : Listen, mister, if you don't get me on board that goddamn submarine, that just might be what you'll have! You got me? Now you have ten more minutes' worth of fuel, we stay here ten more minutes!

  • Captain Davenport : What's he going to do, sail into New York, pop the hatch, and say "Here I am"?

    Jack Ryan : It might be just that simple, yes.

  • [to himself, just before being lowered off a helicopter] 

    Jack Ryan : Next time, Jack, write a goddamn memo.

  • Jack Ryan : Where are we going, anyway?

    Admiral James Greer : Briefing for Jeffrey Pelt, the President's National Security Advisor. Most of the Joint Chiefs will be there, along with a few other people.

    Jack Ryan : Who's giving the briefing?

    Admiral James Greer : You are.

  • Captain Davenport : They're pinging away with their active sonar like they're looking for something, but nobody's listening.

    Jack Ryan : What do you mean?

    Captain Davenport : Well, they're moving at almost forty knots. At that speed, they could run right over my daughter's stereo and not hear it.

  • [Ryan is on board a plane experiencing violent turbulence] 

    Navigator C-2A : What's the matter Commander? You don't like flying, huh? Aw, this is nothing! You should've been with us five, six months ago! Whoa! You talk about puke! We ran into a hailstorm over the Sea of Japan. Everybody's retching their guts out! The pilot shot his lunch all over the windshield, and I barfed on the radio! Shorted it out completely! And it wasn't that lightweight stuff either, it was that chunky industrial weight puke!

    [offers him the candy bar he's been eating] 

    Navigator C-2A : Hey, you want a bite?

    Jack Ryan : Jack, next time you get a bright idea just put it in a memo!

  • Captain Ramius : Ryan, sit here.

    Jack Ryan : I'm not a Naval officer! I'm with the CIA!

    Captain Ramius : CIA?

    Jack Ryan : I'm not an agent, I just write books for the CIA!

    Captain Ramius : Whatever. Sit here and do exactly what I tell you.

  • Jack Ryan : [after a torpedo broke up harmlessly on the Red October's hull]  What just happened?

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Combat tactics, Mr. Ryan. Ramius closed the gap before the torpedo could arm itself.

    Jack Ryan : So that's it?

    Captain Ramius : Not quite. Right now, Tupolev is disarming all safety measures so that the next torpedo will arm immediately. He won't make the same mistake twice.

  • Jack Ryan : I've got a line on those doors. You know what they are?

    Admiral James Greer : A nearly silent propulsion system?

    Jack Ryan : [taken aback]  How did you know that?

    Admiral James Greer : The captain of the sub we had following her radioed in. Thing up and disappeared right in front of 'em.

  • Jack Ryan : [thinking out loud - while slamming his hand on the table]  You son of a bitch!

    Jeffrey Pelt : [Mildly]  You want to add something to our discussion, Doctor Ryan?

  • [Shootout in the missile room] 

    Captain Ramius : Hey, Ryan, be careful what you shoot at. Most things in here don't react too well to bullets.

    Jack Ryan : Right.

    [Moves closer to enemy, who fires several shots at him] 

    Jack Ryan : *I* have to be careful what *I* shoot at?

  • Flight Attendant : You know, if you do try and get some sleep, the flight will go a lot faster.

    Jack Ryan : I can never sleep on a plane. Turbulence.

    Flight Attendant : Pardon?

    Jack Ryan : Turbulence. Solar radiation heats the Earth's crust, warm air rises, cold air descends - turbulence. I, I don't like that.

    Flight Attendant : Oh. Well, try to get some sleep anyway.

  • Jeffrey Pelt : Okay, when do you leave?

    Jack Ryan : [laughing]  Wait a minute! The General was right. I am not field personnel, I am only an analyst.

    Jeffrey Pelt : You're perfect.

  • Jeffrey Pelt : I can't ask any of these characters to go. One, they don't believe in it. Two, they'd never stake their reputation on a hunch. Whereas you...

    Jack Ryan : ...are expendable.

    Jeffrey Pelt : Something like that.

  • Jack Ryan : Could you launch an ICBM horizontally?

    Skip Tyler : Sure. Why would you want to?

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : How did you know that his next turn would be to starboard?

    Jack Ryan : I didn't. I had a 50/50 chance. I needed a break. Sorry.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : That's all right, Mr Ryan. My Morse is so rusty, I could be sending him dimensions on Playmate of the Month.

  • Skip Tyler : [Looking at photos of Red October which show the doors in the front and back of the sub]  I'll be... This might be a caterpillar.

    Jack Ryan : A what?

    Skip Tyler : A caterpillar drive. Magneto hydrodynamic propulsion. You follow?

    Jack Ryan : No.

    Skip Tyler : It's like... a jet engine for the water. Goes in the front, gets squirted out the back. Only it has no moving parts so it's very, very quiet.

    Jack Ryan : Like how quiet.

    Skip Tyler : Doubt our sonar would even pick it up. If it did, it would sound like... whales humping or some kind of seismic anomaly. Anything but a submarine. We messed with this a few years ago. Couldn't make it work. This... this isn't a mockup.

    Jack Ryan : She was put to sea this morning.

    Skip Tyler : When I was twelve, I helped my daddy build a bomb shelter in our basement because some fool parked a dozen warheads 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Well, this thing could park a couple of hundred warheads off Washington and New York and no one would know anything about it till it was all over.

  • Jack Ryan : [catches Loganov in the act of hot wiring an ICBM]  A goddamn cook!

    Jack Ryan : [switches to Russian]  Ostav' eto v pokoye! (Leave it alone!)

  • Jack Ryan : Is there a way you could get me on board the Dallas?

    Admiral Josh Painter : What the hell for?

    Jack Ryan : I think that Captain Mancuso has found the Red October.

  • Jack Ryan : I'm not an agent, I just write books for the CIA.

  • Jack Ryan : Well, Sir, I was just thinking that perhaps there's another possibility we might consider. Ramius might be trying to defect.

  • Jack Ryan : [to Captain Bart Mancuso]  Give the man a chance.

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : Mr. Ryan...

    Jack Ryan : He's defecting.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : And he can't change his mind?

    Jack Ryan : He's not going to change his mind.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Are you willing to bet your life on that?

  • Captain Ramius : There's one thing you haven't yet asked me: why?

    Jack Ryan : Well, I thought you would tell me when you felt ready.

    Captain Ramius : Well, there are those who believe that we should attack the United States first. Settle everything in one moment. Red October was built for that purpose.

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