Film: K19: The Widowmaker
"It's my favorite movie about Russian patriotism, in fact, it's the only one!"K19: The Widowmaker
— Caleb West (he loved it)
is a fact-based fictional movie released on July 19, 2002, about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine of the same name. It was directed by Kathryn Bigelow
, of Point Break
and The Hurt Locker
In 1959, the Soviet Union launches its first nuclear submarine, the K-19 - nicknamed "The Widowmaker" due to many deaths that occurred during manufacturing. The ship is led by Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford
), aided by executive officer Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson
). One day, the ship's reactor cooling system starts to fail, leading the sailors to work together in order to both save the crew's lives as well as prevent a nuclear accident that could trigger World War III.
Submarine K-77, a diesel-powered missile submarine that somehow got bought by a Finnish entrepreneur, was used as the main set for this movie, and later served as a museum in Providence, RI until it sank in a storm in 2007. It was scrapped in 2009.
The K-19 itself is still preserved in a submarine graveyard, and the former chef on the ship considers buying it and using it as a memorial.
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