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Story

You can almost hear the studio pitch meeting echoing throughout Crimson Tide like the sonar on the soundtrack: "It's The Cain Mutiny on a nuclear submarine!" When radio communications problems aboard the USS Alabama prevent the sub from receiving its orders clearly during a tense confrontation with Russian warships, Navy officer Denzel Washington faces a huge ethical dilemma: countermand the orders of legendary Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman) to fire nuclear missiles, or follow his command and risk launching an unprovoked nuclear war. It's really an actors' picture, and the fun is in the fireworks between Washington and Hackman, each of whose characters articulates solid reasoning behind his decision. There are no easy villains, and there's no easy way to tell right from wrong--that's what makes the nuclear stakes so terrifying. Director Tony Scott (who directed Quentin Tarantino's True Romance script) called in Tarantino to punch up the dialogue, which is why, for example, the sailors talk about Silver Surfer comic books. The digital video disc is in anamorphic widescreen; the sonorous underwater rumblings on the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack will provide you with a good opportunity to show off your system's bass response. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Denzel WashingtonLt. Commander Ron Hunter
Gene HackmanCapt. Frank Ramsey
Matt CravenLt. Roy Zimmer
George DzundzaChief of the Boat
Viggo MortensenLt. Peter 'Weps' Ince
James GandolfiniLt. Bobby Dougherty
Rocky CarrollLt. Darik Westergaurd
Jaime GomezOfficer of the Deck Mahoney
Michael MilhoanChief of the Watch Hunsicker
Danny NucciPetty Officer First Class Danny Rivetti
Lillo BrancatoPetty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler
Eric BruskotterBennefield
Ricky SchroderLt. Paul Hellerman
Steve ZahnWilliam Barnes
Daniel von BargenVladimir Radchenko
Scott GrimesPetty Officer Hilaire
Ryan PhillippeSeaman Grattam
Chris EllisAdditional Magician

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Military
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 116
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 12, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 13, 2002
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