"The Hunt for the Red October" (The Movie):
A Personal Perspective
The Hunt for the Red October was stared by Sean Connery who in the movie played the role of Captain Marko Ramius who was in command of a sophisticated Russian built nuclear submarine known as “Red October.” Ramius and his crew were given orders by the Soviet’s government to stage attacks on the United States submarines in the Atlantic and also use the ability of the Red October, which could not be detected by navy sonar to attack the United States. However, Captain Ramius who was born in Ukraine had no intention to stage an attack on the United States Navy as well as launch nuclear bombs from his submarine on major cities in the United States. He decided to defect from the original plans. In the process of defecting, he was able to convince his assistant Captain in the process of implementing the plan to defect.
On the other hand, the American government thought Captain Ramius was in the process of staging an attack on the United States submarines and cities. The captain of USS Dallas put in place counter measures to launch torpedoes against the Red October. The United States government because of fear that the Soviet now had access to this sophisticated submarine that was built to be undetected and loaded with nuclear bombs that the Soviets were in the process of staging a possible attack against the United States submarines in the Atlantic and thus would threaten their military superiority over and under the ocean.
The Hunt For Red October Official Trailer
A Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting was convened in which a CIA agent and analyst Jack Ryan was invited by his boss to deliberate on assumptions that Captain Ramius of Red October had no intention to attack American submarines and cities. Jack's assumption of the plans of Capt. Ramius was base on his previous acquaintance with him in Leningrad and his study of the personal life. These clues prompted him to deduced that Capt. Ramius was defecting from the original plans of the Soviet Union for which the Red October was initially designed and built.
The movies portrayed some specific details of the relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States during the period of the Cold War. During the Cold War, the race between the Soviet and the US for more sophisticated weaponry such as the atomic bomb, submarines and so on prompted these two sides to measure their powers and strength without physically engaging into battles. However, the movies also shows how not all Soviets Commanders and Generals are always in readiness to stage war against the United States, but these decisions are mostly made by few individuals in the central power who seek to make the mass suffer the consequences of their selfish desires. If all Generals in the military today irrespective of their political affiliations and nationalistic pride can rethink some major decisions or orders most of the major catastrophic battles and wars that claimed the lives of thousands could have been avoided and millions of dollars used in these battles could have been used to bridge the gaps in our economic systems. The Hunt for Red October portrayed how close the United States was in going to war against the Soviet Union most especially, when in the events that the Soviets submarines were within 400 Kilometers on the United States waters.
Connery, S., Baldwin A., The Hunt for Red October. Filmed: 1984, Paramount Pictures.