K-19: The Widowmaker

Synopsis: The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers.
Director(s): Kathryn Bigelow
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

All compartments, report readiness.

Compartment one,

manned and ready.

Compartment two,

manned and ready.

Compartment four,

manned and ready.

Compartment five,

manned and ready.

Compartment six,

manned and ready.

Compartment seven,

manned and ready.

Compartment eight,

manned and ready.

Compartment nine,

manned and ready.

Compartment ten,

manned and ready.

Comrade Captain, the boat is ready

for live firing of the missile batteries.

Activate emergency procedure

for nuclear weapon release.

- The political department is ready.

- Excuse me.

Number one missile tube open.

Moscow's confirmed nuclear weapons

release authority.

Number one hatch open.

Silo free of water.

Powering consoles for missile launch.

Powering number one console.

Maintain course

and speed.

Course steady 2-9-0.

Maintaining speed six knots.

Hatch number one open.

Silo free of water.

Fuelling in progress.

Proceed with activating

the warhead on number one missile.

- Periscope going up!

- Demichev, back to the Conn.

Prepare number three tube

to the active estate.

- Repower control console to primary.

- Bypass valve shut.

- Console to position one primary.

- 60 seconds from range.

Prepare for emergency dive

after launch.

Number one missile fuelled.

Table elevated.

- Table elevated.

- Down scope.

Ready for firing sequence.

Launch number one missile.

Time to launch 15 seconds.

- 11, 10...

- Captain, we've been fired on!

Enemy torpedo at bearing 1-9-0.

- 7...

- Dive the submarine. Keep 50 meters.

Keep 50 meters.

- Both turbines full ahead together.

- Full ahead together.

...3, 2, 1. Captain!

- Force manual override!

- Launching sequence not responding.

- Estimate torpedo at 6,000 meters.

- The drill is over.

Well, Commander Polenin.

Do you have an explanation for this?

Comrade Admiral, it's another

burn out in the ignition sequence.

Comrade Captain, I will require

the names of those responsible...

I don't know. Why would I know

the name of the jackass

that supplied a 30 kopeck insulator

to do a 50 kopeck job?

I have to fight that

before I can fight a war.

Admiral, the boat will be at sea.

On schedule! Before the month is out.

I'll give you a name. My name.

Polenin, Mikhail! Captain, K-19.

Write it down!

After you've successfully

completed trials

on the mechanical, propulsion and

navigation systems in the Barents sea,

you'll proceed beneath the ice

to the launch area here,

and test-fire the missile.

My orders were to prepare K-19 for

sea trials. They'll begin on schedule.

Until they're complete, to undertake

an exercise of this scope...

may be, with respect,


There is no doubt in my mind

that K-19 is ready

to fulfill her mission.

Operation Arctic Circle

is no mere exercise.

What is to stop the Americans

destroying Moscow and Leningrad?

Only one thing...

...a certain knowledge

of destruction in return.

K-19 is that knowledge.

But not until Kennedy is told

by his spy planes that we have it.

And it works.

I promised Comrade Krushchev

that the American President will get

the message before the month ends.


perhaps Captain Polenin might...

Captain Polenin

put his boat and men before the Party.

He will be under your command.

That's all there is to it.

We need to reconnect

to shore supply.

Reconnect to the shore supply.

The Captain on the CCP.

- Please.

- Captain.

- What's your name, please?

- Demichev. Torpedo officer, Captain.

May I ask the Captain's name

and purpose aboard our boat?

My name is Vostrikov.

Where's Captain Polenin?

Come in.

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