• Publication date: June 30, 2010

Two Russian captains curb WWIII from happening K19: The Widowmaker :Fate has found its hero

K19: The Widowmaker is fact-based fiction film about the disaster that befell the Russian submarine of the same name during the cold war, and the hardships its crew had to persevere through.

K19: The Widowmaker is fact-based fiction film about the disaster that befell the Russian submarine of the same name during the cold war, and the hardships its crew had to persevere through.

The year is 1961 and the Soviet Union is ready to launch its first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War but Commander of the ship Captain Mikhail Polenin is certain that the flagship is not ready for deployment, a belief he makes known, which results in him being demoted to executive officer of the ship.

But it turns out Polenin's concerns are well founded as parts are not yet installed, equipment is missing and the ship's doctor is killed in an auto mishap. Nevertheless, political pressure forces the new commander Vostrikov to sail his crew into the North Atlantic anyway, for a missile fire test that serves as a warning to the U.S.

The test is a success, but a disastrous leak in the K-19's reactor cooling system soon threatens to create enough heat to detonate the craft's nuclear payload -- which would certainly be mistaken as an attack in a worldwide atomic exchange and spark the beginning of World War III.

With no other option, Vostrikov orders his men to repair the damage in ten-minute shifts, irradiating them hopelessly. The conflict between the seemingly bureaucratic Communist Vostrikov and the more humane Polenin escalates, until a surprising twist reveals where both officers' loyalties truly lie.

The film was nominated for two Political Film Society Awards and is rated PG-13 for disturbing images.

Year: 2002

Runtime: 138 mins

Genre: Drama/History/Thriller

Starring:

Harrison Ford

Liam Neeson

Joss Ackland

Shaun Benson

Tygh Runyan

Directed by: Kathryn Baigelow