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Hostile Waters
Hostile Waters
Actors: Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen, Max von Sydow, Colm Feore, Rob Campbell
Director: David Drury
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
PG     2004     1hr 34min

When a U.S. submarine accidentally collides with an armed Soviet sub spying off the coast of America, it sets off a suspenseful chain of events that could lead to all-out nuclear war. Based on true events, this ' 'taut thr...  more »


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Actors: Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen, Max von Sydow, Colm Feore, Rob Campbell
Director: David Drury
Creators: Al Burgess, Carla Thoeren, David M. Thompson, Konstantin Thoeren, Stephanie Tepper, Tony Garnett, Troy Kennedy-Martin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/14/2004
Original Release Date: 07/26/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 07/26/1997
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 3/12/2011...
excellent movie of it's kind. highly recommended to those interested in history

Movie Reviews

Take it or leave it
D. Coben | 02/09/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This movie wasn't bad, but it was by no means great. I found it quite difficult to follow the storyline, and the special effects were less than convincing (is it just me, or did they use the exact same shot of the Russian submarine, like, 5 times?) Some of the acting, Sheen and Hauer included, seemed forced.
The first 45 minutes of the movie were nearly unbearable, but towards the end, the pace picked up and it became more interesting. I even enjoyed the ending. (Note: If you are buying this movie for the performance of Dominic Monaghan [as I admit I did], don't waste your money on it. He is hardly shown and has ONE line. Just a heads-up)"
D. Coben | East Brunswick, NJ USA | 08/11/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Read the book, but DO NOT BUY THIS TRAVESTY! Worse than a made for TV oversimplification, this HBO film completely distorts and actually REVERSES essential facts of the true, exciting and important story detailed in the book upon which it is based (St. Martin's Press, 1997). Anyone with respect for the history of submarines and submariners should avoid this poor "dramatization." It isn't even a "taut thriller," as People Magazine was quoted as saying. It's just a boring whitewash of the actual events. Besides failing to show that an irresponsible cowboy US Submarine Commander (James Von Suskil of the USS AUGUSTA, the man and the ship both cowardly renamed in this low-budget stinker) recklessly caused the accident, they depicted the Russian Captian receiving a hero's welcome when he returned to the USSR, when in truth he was tragically court-martialed and imprisoned after taking necessary steps to save his crew and the eastern seaboard of the US! Why do people make movies like this, and why do actors like Max Von Sydow and Martin Sheen participate in covering up the misdeeds of a reckless US sub commander and the depraved indifference and cruelty of the Soviet Navy toward its own sailors. The simple truth of the book would have been far more exciting and enlightening. Shame on everyone associated with this little piece of anti-history!"
Hardly Serviceable
Robert Stribley | NY, NY | 09/02/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Little more than a serviceable introduction to the historical proceedings. Wooden acting all round. In fact, Sheen looks like he's sleepwalking (or punchdrunk) through the thing. Still, Hauer does manage to conjure some sympathy as the Russian captain who does his best to save all his men, though, regardless of what he does, he can't win back home with the Soviet officials. Otherwise, there are handful of interesting insights into submarine culture--if what we're seeing is an accurate portrayal.Overall, Hostile Waters the feel of a mediocre (to bad) TV movie (which I'm assuming it isn't), including some particularly unconvincing special effects--to the extent that, though this was made in 1997, I would've guessed '87. It just looks that dated. Only Hauer and Sheen's haggard appearances are any clue that it was made later."