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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

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Coming Out at 19 July 2002 in theaters

Drama, History, Thriller

K-19: The Widowmaker is historical submarine film directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow, and produced by Edward S. Feldman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Christine Whitaker and Matthias Deyle with screenplay by Christopher Kyle. An international production of the US, UK, Germany and Canada, the film takes place in 1961 and focuses its story on the Soviet K-19 submarine.

The film stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Donald Sumpter, Christian Camargo, Michael Gladis and John Shrapnel in supporting roles.

K-19: The Widowmaker was released by Paramount Pictures on July 19, 2002 in the United States while on September 5, 2002 in Germany and October 25, 2002 in the United Kingdom. Upon release, the film received generally mixed reviews from critics, which particularly praised the performances and the dramatic atmosphere but criticized the screenwriting. In addition to criticial disappointment, the film became a box office failure grossing $65 million against a production budget of $90 million.

In 1961, the Soviet Union launches its first ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the K-19, commanded by Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford), with executive officer Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson), the crew’s original captain. Vostrikov is alleged to have been appointed through his wife’s political connections, as well as Polenin’s tendency to put crew morale and safety before Soviet pride. Discovering the reactor officer drunk and asleep on duty, Vostrikov fires him, receiving a replacement, Vadim Radtchenko (Peter Sarsgaard), fresh from the academy. Bad luck surrounds the launch; the medical officer is killed by a truck and replaced by command’s foremost medical officer, who has never been out to sea, and the inaugural bottle of champagne fails to break on the bow.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writers: Louis Nowra, Christopher Kyle

Stars: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Donald Sumpter, Christian Camargo, Michael Gladis, John Shrapnel

Cast:

Sam SpruellDmitri
Peter StebbingsKuryshev
Christian CamargoPavel
Roman PodhoraLapinsh
Sam RedfordVasily
Steve NicolsonDemichev
Liam NeesonCapt. Mikhail Polenin
Ravil IsyanovSuslov
Tim WoodwardPartonov
Lex ShrapnelKornilov
Shaun BensonLeonid
Kris Holden-RiedAnton
Dmitry ChepovetskySergei
Christopher RedmanKiklidze
Tygh RunyanMaxim
Joss AcklandMarshal Zelentsov
Harrison FordCapt. Alexei Vostrikov
John ShrapnelAdmiral Bratyeev
George AntonKonstantin
James Francis GintyAnatoly
Peter GrahamLt. Danya Yashin
Peter SarsgaardLt. Vadim Radtchinko
Shawn MathiesonStepan
Jacob PittsGrigori
Christopher RouthOleg
Lubomir MykytiukDr. Gavril
Michael GladisYevgeny Borzenkov
Donald SumpterDr. Gennadi Savran
Natalya VintilovaKatya
Steve CumynArseni
Austin StrugnellYakov Rakitin
Arsenty SydelnykovSeymon ‘Syoma’ Dydik
JJ FeildAndrei
Peter OldringVanya
Joshua CloseViktor
Ingvar SigurdssonChief Engineer Gorelov
Gerrit VoorenVoslensky
Joey PurpuraGeorgi
Lev PrygunovIvan Vershinin
Jeremy AkermanFyodor Tsetkov
Lee J. CampbellJudge
James ClaytonRussian Officer
Toby CockerellRussian Sailor
Charles T. ConradRussian Sailor
Mark DayRussian Sailor
Mark Antony KrupaGeorgi
William LucasYuzef Mankevich
Ryan McDonellRussian Officer
Pat NixonSelf (with Richard) (archive footage)
Richard NixonSelf (with Pat) (archive footage)
Nick SmythRussian Officer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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