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The Hunt For Red October

Year: 1990
Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Sean Connery , Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Joss Ackland, Richard Jordan, Peter Firth, Tim Curry , Courtney B Vance, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeffery Jones, Timothy Carhart, Larry Ferguson.
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John McTiernan’s 1990 action thriller ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was based on the Tom Clancy novel bearing the same name. It stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius, pride of the Soviet Navy, who attempts to defect with the dangerous submarine known as Red October. His actions cause a stir within both the soviet navy, who mobilise in order to sink the submarine, and the US Navy, who mobilise for fear that the defection is actually a cover up for a full scale naval attack by the Soviets.

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (played by Alec Baldwin) is convinced that the defection is genuine, but the picture is blurred by the Soviets, who claim that Ramius is actually on a rogue mission to attack Washington on his own authority.

Tensions heighten as the submarine penetrates deep into the North Atlantic waters on its approach to Washington. Ryan is transferred to a US naval attack vessel in order to meet with the Red October and Captain Ramius. The two finally meet despite attempts to destroy the submarine by both air and sea. Even at the last, however, they must overcome Soviet officers sent to kill Ramius and thwart his plan.

Locations in the film involving the UK include Heathrow Airport . The biggest of London’s airports, Heathrow serves both European and Long Haul destinations at its multiple terminals. It is conveniently situated for visitors to London itself, being just outside the M25 orbital motorway. London offers a host of tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, to name but two. The location of Heathrow also gives convenient access to a variety of other destinations in the South, South West and Midlands.

Also featured in the film is Liverpool on Merseyside. Liverpool and the Merseyside were once perhaps best known for the docks, but in the 1960s that all changed.  Suddenly, Merseyside seemed the most fashionable place in the world as the Merseybeat bands, led by The Beatles , took the rest of the world by storm. Up to this point, the USA had dominated the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The Merseyside bands took the American Rhythm and Blues sounds and created a new sound with a unique energy all of its own. Soon the music, suits and hairdos that were all the rage belonged to those of The Beatles and the myriad of other Merseybeat bands.

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