K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 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.


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.

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    contentLocation Moscow Soviet Union
    director Kathryn Bigelow
    editor Walter Murch
    events Soviet submarine K-19
    genre drama historical
    keywords 21st century 21st century fox acute radiation syndrome average score bad luck canada captain 2nd rank alexei vostrikov captain 3rd rank mikhail misha polenin commanding officer crew chief das boot defense minister depth charge destroyer discover executive officer far north film critic film score game glavny starshina gulag halifax shipyard hero of the soviet union historical events independent film intercontinental ballistic missile juliett class submarine k-77 kill kristen holden-ried los angeles minister of defence movie mogul movie review national geographic new york city nikolai vladimirovich zateyev northern russia nuclear accident nuclear submarine nuclear war ontario overheat poison radiation poisoning radiation sickness rat reactor coolant real life roger ebert romantic romantic music rotten tomatoes saint saint petersburg score sevmash sikorsky h-34 choctaw soviet submarine k-77 stanley kauffmann strike the hunt for red october the national the new republic united states united states navy vasily arkhipov vomit wash weighted arithmetic mean
    musicBy Klaus Badelt
    producer Christine Whitaker Edward S. Feldman Kathryn Bigelow Matthias Deyle Sigurjón Sighvatsson
    productionCompany Intermedia Films National Geographic Society New Regency Pictures
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    recordedAt Moscow Nova Scotia Pinewood Studios Russia Toronto
    theme death disaster submarine survival