The Hunt for Red October (1990) Poster

Courtney B. Vance: Seaman Jones



  • [telling young Sonarman Beaumont about Jones's most embarrassing moment] 

    Watson : Seaman Jones here is into music in a big way, and he views this whole boat as his own personal, private stereo set. Well, one day he's got this piece of Pavarotti...

    Seaman Jones : It was Paganini.

    Watson : Whatever.

    Seaman Jones : It was Paganini.

    Watson : Look, this is my story, okay?

    Seaman Jones : Then tell it right, COB. Pavarotti is a tenor, Paganini was a composer.

    Watson : So anyway, he's got this music out in the water, and he's listening to it on his headsets, and he's just happy as a clam. And then all hell breaks loose. See, there's this whole slew of boats out in the water...

    Seaman Jones : Including one WAY out at Pearl!

    Watson : Including one way the hell out at Pearl. All of a sudden, they start hearing, Pavarotti...

    Beaumont : Pavarotti!

    Watson : Coming up their asses!

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : All back full.

    Lt. Cmdr. Thompson : Captain...

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : I said, all back full!

    Lt. Cmdr. Thompson : Back full, aye.

    [the Dallas reverses, churning the water] 

    Seaman Jones : Captain, we're cavitating, he can hear us!

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Conn, aye. All right, Ryan, we just unzipped our fly. Mr. Thompson! Open the outer doors, firing point procedures. Now if that bastard so much as twitches, I'm going to blow him straight to Mars.

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : [after hearing Jones's findings]  Have I got this straight, Jonesy? A $40 million computer tells you you're chasing an earthquake, but you don't believe, and you come up with this on your own?

    Seaman Jones : Yes, sir.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Including all the navigation maps?

    Seaman Jones : Sir, I-I've got all the...

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : Relax, Jonesy. You sold me.

  • Seaman Jones : Conn, sonar! Crazy Ivan!

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : All stop! Quick quiet!

    [the ships engines are shut down completely] 

    Beaumont : What's goin' on?

    Seaman Jones : Russian captains sometime turn suddenly to see if anyone's behind them. We call it "Crazy Ivan." The only thing you can do is go dead. Shut everything down and make like a hole in the water.

    Beaumont : So what's the catch?

    Seaman Jones : The catch is, a boat this big doesn't exactly stop on a dime... and if we're too close, we'll drift right into the back of him.

  • Seaman Jones : [Jonesy is teaching Beaumont]  Hear it now?

    Beaumont : [resigned]  No.

    Seaman Jones : Beaumont, at Caltech we used to do this in our sleep! You hear it now?

    Beaumont : Wait a minute...

    Seaman Jones : Uh oh...

    Beaumont : Disparaged surface clutter...

    Seaman Jones : Yeeeesssss?

    Beaumont : I should go to SAPS?

    Seaman Jones : Correct! Seaman Beaumont, Signal Algorithmic Processing System. Give it a week and you'll be teaching at Caltech. So, like Beethoven on the computer, you have laboured to produce... a biologic.

    Beaumont : A what?

    Seaman Jones : A whale, Seaman Beaumont, a whale. A marine mammal that knows a hell of a lot more about sonar, then you do. Train her around to 269 and lets try it again?

  • Beaumont : Won't he hear us?

    Seaman Jones : Not if we stay in his baffles, Seaman Beaumont. Not if we stay in his baffles. Come up right behind his propellor and he'll be deaf as a post!

  • Capt. Bart Mancuso : Hang on, Jonesy. If I can get you close enough... can you track this sucker?

    Seaman Jones : Yes, sir. Now that I know what to listen for, I'll bag 'im.

    Capt. Bart Mancuso : [smiling]  Carry on.

  • Seaman Jones : COB, we don't have time for sea stories. I was just teaching Seaman Beaumont, here, the intracacies of modern sonar, now...

    Watson : [chuckling]  Yea, and I ain't Chief Of the Boat, I'm actually Sheena, queen of the jungle!

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