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Crimson Tide

1995
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 56m
On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so. (imdb)
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Crimson Tide

1995
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 56m
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Avg Percentile 55.94% from 2514 total ratings

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Rated 25 Nov 2006
70
39th
A good drama, with impeccable acting and an intriguing and believable ethical quandary at its core. The film isn't as relentlessly claustrophobic as Das Boot, but that wasn't exactly what they were going for anyway. It does rely too heavily on the sort of stock scene we've seen too many times in too many films and TV shows. Tellingly, Denzel Washington's character references Star Trek multiple times, admittedly in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion.
Rated 29 Jul 2021
78
57th
In 1995, this film was spoofed everywhere: Conan O'Brien, The Simpsons, even Mad TV (with an all-female version). That impact is because Tony Scott made a fantastic picture that works as a tense drama about driven men, as well as an action thriller in the grand tradition of military movies. The casting is a perfect 90's time capsule, as several supporting actors became movie stars in their own right. While the Hollywood ending is unavoidable, the path is fun as hell and full of subtext.
Rated 15 Nov 2017
40
26th
It's surely one of the great ironies of history that it may only have been because of his exposure to the realities of nuclear disaster (a year earlier on the K-19) that in 1962 Vasili Arkhipov really did possibly save the world. Here, the use of vivid red, blue and green lighting to make submarine interiors seem less visually boring is overdone, and the use of Tarantino-added references to STAR TREK and superheroes to make naval dialogue seem less robotic is out of place. Same goes for the dog.
Rated 15 Jan 2015
78
71st
The best parts of this film are the scenes that Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman have together. Watching these two great actors work with each other is a pleasure. The script is good as it keeps things moving along and exciting. I would recommend this film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
71st
One of the best military movie in the past 20 years. The conflict between Hackman's captain and Washington's XO is powerfully acted. The atmosphere is dark and claustrophobic. Very good cinematography and direction.
Rated 21 Oct 2017
73
78th
C.T is about the clash of two military mindsets: the pre-emptive strike mentality (Hackman) and the more measured approach of strategic possibilities reflecting the increasing uncertainty of post-Cold War reality(Washington).This antagonism isn't explored in a particularly complex way, but it underlies the central conflict powering the narrative around ambiguous military orders. It's a pulse pounding race against time driven by strong performances and Zimmer's propulsive score.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
88
89th
Amazing performances from both Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. It's even packed with a great supporting cast such as Viggo Mortensen and Ryan Phillippe in his first (and very minor) role. Is it a completely factual story that strives to be an accurate recreation of naval conduct? No. Is it a highly entertaining and tense film? Absolutely. There's some fantastic dialog throughout the film even for smaller roles. Well worth seeing.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
71
42nd
The cast is better than the material.
Rated 11 Jul 2019
77
53rd
Best viewed as an entertaining "pissing match" writ large - Hackman and Washington are both superb here, and make you wish for a better realised (and more complex) examination of both characters - it's entirely to Hackman's credit that his Ramsey is never a caricatured warmonger, just a man driven almost suicidally to adherence to duty, making even the potentially cornball final scene quite moving in its way. Awkward uncredited interjections by Tarantino in the screenplay are largely unwelcome.
Rated 21 Apr 2008
73
73rd
One of the most-watched movies ever for me; it's not great, and not much for character development, but it's highly entertaining and never annoys. The sprawling ensemble cast of bonafied stars and character actors is a lot of fun to watch.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
50
14th
Horribly paced, managing to seem both too fast and hugely long. Ridiculous plot with too much wooden machismo. Cliched and boring camera and lighting work, overall just crap
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
54th
Sometimes somantics become important, particularly when Nuclear weapons are involved.
Rated 11 Apr 2013
79
65th
When Gene Hackman shouts "Roll Tide" I cry a little inside.
Rated 31 Jan 2021
6
34th
There's only so much tension and excitement that can be derived from a bunch of sweaty guys crammed together in an underwater tuna can, but there's nothing like a stand-off in a Tony Scott movie and the cast makes the best out of a mediocre story. Simpson and Bruckheimer nailed it a year later with The Rock.
Rated 10 Sep 2021
80
77th
I remember a simpler time thinking no one serious would come to blows over Marvel comics. Great Hackman action and Denzel. We adopted a Jack Russel Terrier back in 1998 that was a total asshole (I wonder why the original owner gave him up) and his name was Bear. I hope they were huge Crimon Tide fanatics.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
72
63rd
Great performances and some snappy dialogue in this otherwise average thriller.
Rated 07 Apr 2007
80
68th
Good submarine movie. Sort of an "action movie of ideas" with the two lead characters representing two very different points of view, and the humorous touches (allegedly the uncredited contribution of Quentin Tarantino) leaven the heavy stuff nicely
Rated 29 Aug 2012
6
70th
I kind of agree with comments that submarine movies inevitably end up feeling samey, but nevertheless, a fine morality thriller with two great central performances.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
50
24th
Pretty good submarine flick. James Gandolfini seems to turn up in everything lately.
Rated 14 Mar 2015
75
77th
With Washington and Hackman at the helm, this should be a sure-fire 100. Too bad the screenplay couldn't match its leads.
Rated 13 Apr 2014
55
67th
I preferred this to Red October back in the day. I've changed my mind since (it is less 'tight', less original) but it is still a classic of 90s cinema.
Rated 18 Nov 2014
6
43rd
Solid, entertaining drama The whole thing seems overly long, as the central antagonism is set up very early on, in two very good performances.
Rated 07 Sep 2014
75
78th
Good thriller with an amazing cast and a classic music theme.
Rated 14 Jul 2014
67
74th
Gene Hackman acts Denzel off the screen in this tense thriller.
Rated 12 Jul 2014
80
78th
A bunch of great actors led by two greats in Hackman and Washington. The story is a bit ridiculous but not all movies need to be completely realistic.
Rated 19 Sep 2017
88
76th
Gritty, and well acted.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
82
71st
82.000
Rated 03 Nov 2012
70
53rd
Good, but only proves that "Das Boot" is the undisputed champion in the "genre".
Rated 23 Apr 2012
82
71st
82.000
Rated 11 Sep 2011
49
15th
Boring "yes sir" movie. There's few cool scenes with the subs but the rest is just talking and showing long faces.
Rated 05 Oct 2019
80
79th
This is a tense and grippping watch for the most part. Its a film about challenging authority and control of power and it features a thrilling performance by Gene Hackman and slightly less memorable one by Denzel Washington. It has quite a claustrophobic feel, with the lighting being mostly bright lights in various colours (mostly reds, greens and blues) which are reflected on the characters faces and in the background (its set on a submarine vessel). This is a solid film I'd recommend.
Rated 08 Jul 2024
8
80th
Great cinematography and turns highlight this taut thriller packed tight with sweaty men with the weight of the literal world on their shoulders. Does well to slowly sow the central seeds of tension (see the riveting talk about the philosophy of war) before the back-and-forth third act battle where mutinous morals and stubborn guts burst through the repeated layers of protocol. Unfortunately, its high stakes and nuanced ethical wrestling are undermined by a smirky "agree to disagree" ending.
Rated 07 Apr 2024
80
62nd
Crimson Tide does a lot of the good things a Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott movie should do. It's got pulse pounding scenes of physical action and potentially world ending moments. It's got a score by Hans Zimmer that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's got solid acting from some of the best stars. I don't think that this movie is as realistic as some other sub movies but it's more fun. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending of the race plot but that's didn't hold it back.
Rated 18 Nov 2023
50
11th
So close to being good. Needed better dialogue.
Rated 04 Nov 2023
57
67th
Seen: 2. The premise is bordering on outlandish, and some of the scenes are too hammy. But the tension is thick, the pacing is great, the stakes couldn't be higher, and the cast is exceptional. Gandolfini is so good at being a dickhead.
Rated 20 Oct 2022
90
86th
Every second is so well written and directed. Not one second of screen time wasted. It's in my top 30 list for sure.
Rated 26 Feb 2022
70
69th
Superb score, brilliant acting
Rated 03 Nov 2020
80
37th
Viewed November 1, 2020.
Rated 27 Sep 2020
1
13th
the first 15 min were boring, so I stopped watching
Rated 18 Mar 2015
100
0th
Subs? wat r they eatin a buncha sandwitchs or sumptin?
Rated 28 Aug 2019
55
45th
feels too quick to be appropriately tense. Hackman and Washington are excellent, to say nothing of the pure talent in the supporting roles; Gandolfini and Mortenson excel. but it's never quite as nail-biting as a plot involving the fate of the entire world should be. it is also a definitive product of the Clinton Era, complete with an ending where "both sides are right and both sides are wrong" is delivered with complete sincerity by an uncredited esteemed actor
Rated 30 Jan 2018
100
95th
Is there anything better than Denzel vs Hackman? Answer: no.
Rated 24 Sep 2010
67
57th
The movie is lacking in the two best parts, submarine shots and interplay between Hackman and Washington. Still the overly familiar cast does its job and the movie ends up being pretty entertaining.
Rated 24 Jul 2017
69
28th
High tense, but a bit lame.
Rated 16 May 2017
64
31st
B-
Rated 25 Oct 2015
80
72nd
The premise for starting this drama is "GARBAGE", but oh boy what suspenseful and intense drama unfolds on the ship. I am compelled to rate this one high ignoring the few early hiccups -"mostly".
Rated 27 Aug 2015
69
15th
Overall, its pretty meh.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
41st
well-made
Rated 19 Apr 2008
89
94th
When a movie takes place in a confined space, one of two things will happen: a) it looks cheap and dull real soon / b) the intensity is heightened, making for one hell of a ride. This movie falls into the second category because the great lead performances and the superb script (kudos to the uncredited Mr. Tarantino!), supported by Scott's visual style (smoke, lights, angles) really make this one shine. You may have to be a bit of a military buff to fully enjoy it, though. Great score by Zimmer!
Rated 01 Mar 2008
91
90th
Excellent. Hackman and Washington great as they face off.
Rated 25 Feb 2008
60
32nd
there was some suspence and some quite good acting. the rating does not concern the idea/script.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
70
63rd
tense movie
Rated 09 Sep 2007
89
92nd
A nail-biting knockout of an action-thriller. Tony Scott's best film featuring two fantastic lead performances.
Rated 30 Aug 2007
8
24th
Good sub movie. A little un-nerving.
Rated 23 Aug 2007
68
64th
Good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
98th
Hackman and Denzel have such a crazy, natural chemistry as adversaries. Then again, the Silver Surfer debate Tarantino wrote in doesn't gel at all with Denzel's character. (Plus, everyone Jack Kirby drew looked the same.)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
73rd
Wonderful acting and directing make the most of this armed forces themed movie.
Rated 15 Jun 2008
96
70th
A great thriller. With a smart script and great acting. WASHINGTON!!! HACKMAN!!!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
63rd
The uncredited Quentin Tarantino script polish really shows on this bang-bang boilerplate action movie.
Rated 26 May 2007
45
24th
It's not Hunt for Red October.
Rated 18 May 2007
68
31st
Just another crisis in a submarine movie. Decent, but we've seen it before.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
48
28th
Tiresome movie.....
Rated 25 Mar 2007
72
57th
Meh. Films in submarines always end up feeling the same.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Good film.
Rated 19 Dec 2006
72
41st
Good enough thriller, keeps you on edge but doesn't ever really surprise you. I only watched this because it's got Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and neither one puts in his best effort... but both are so charismatic that they can get by with minimum effort.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
63
78th
It might not be as good as Das Boot or even Hunt for the Red October but it's still a solid film from team Simpson/Brucheimer/Scott. Washington is fine but it's Hackman with the meatier role. Overall, I consider this as one of late Tony Scott's best films.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
70
59th
Denzel shows who's boss.
Rated 14 Jun 2011
60
57th
Entertaining film, good suspense. The pacing is just right. Even though it's obvious how the film will end, the cinematography effectively conveys a sense of tension throughout the film.
Rated 10 May 2011
40
25th
If you are watching this movie on DVD you are likely to pause it in the middle, go check the Internet or just chill for a while, and then come back to it. Something about its pacing makes it stiff and boring. Tarantino was hired to make dialogs more fun, but all those geeky references just seem out of place. Scenes with Hackman and Washington together are best. However, their characters are just stereotypes seen so many times before.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
85
73rd
Two powerful performers head to head. One of Tony Scott's best.
Rated 07 Sep 2010
46
60th
#90s(m)#, story.
Rated 03 Jun 2010
60
33rd
There are two Scott brothers the older brother Ridley has been knighted, has been nominated for 3 oscars and created classics like Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and many more. Unfortunatly this movie made by the younger brother Tony, the creator of movies such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Days of Thunder. Crimson Tide will never be a great movie, it's adequate and serves a purpose, but it wil never be more than a poor mans Das Boot or Hunt for the Red October.
Rated 24 May 2010
80
84th
Very good. Epic staredown between Denzel and Hackman.
Rated 08 Dec 2009
20
6th
1/5
Rated 01 Aug 2009
53
42nd
For the most part well made with okay performances. At least the cramped, grey setting of the submarine stopped Tony Scott trying to give me an epilepitic fit with his filmmaking.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
65
64th
The film itself does not rank higher than "OK", but it gets a lot of bonus points for Zimmer's epic theme, of course...
Rated 04 Jul 2009
65
68th
Good Movie
Rated 09 Jun 2009
80
69th
Perhaps the most annoying thing about this movie is that pandemic movie freak, Quentin Tarantino, contributed some rewrites to the script to make it more hip.
Rated 09 Mar 2009
91
88th
Men and metal for two nut busting hours. Better than anything his supposedly talented brother has ever done.
Rated 15 Feb 2009
98
82nd
Great movie. Hackman versus Denzel. In a sub.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
59
56th
Nothing new as far as these types of movies go, but it was still done very well.
Rated 16 Dec 2008
3
23rd
I'll take Red October all day, any day.
Rated 31 Oct 2008
75
58th
ok except for level of believability and overacting
Rated 13 Oct 2008
50
34th
Unfortunately if you've seen one sub movie you've seen 'em all. Das Boot is the best

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