YMMV / The Hunt for Red October

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The movie seems to imply that the real reason for Ramius defecting was less anger of his wife's death and more concern over the fact that the Red October's primary purpose would be to start a nuclear war due to its stealth. In that context, Ryan's comments about Ramius's wife are more that he no longer has any reason to go back home.
    • It could also be said (based on both the book and the film), that the death of Ramius' wife by an incompetent/drunk, Party-connected doctor got him 90-95% of the way there, then seeing the plans for the Red October filled up the defection meter the rest of the way, as he recognized how destabilizing this new sub design would be for world peace.
  • Awesome Music: Hymn to Red October, written by Basil Poledouris.
  • Common Knowledge: "Sean Connery plays a Russian sub commander". Except Ramius is Lithuanian, which is a key plot point in his defection.
  • First Installment Wins: Widely regarded as the best novel -and film- of the Ryan-verse, if not Tom Clancy's best (in contest with his second published novel, Red Storm Rising)
  • Genius Bonus: "I have become Death, destroyer of worlds", an "ancient Hindu text", was also uttered by Oppenheimer during the explosion of the atomic bomb (a fact to which Ramius alludes in the film).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we will be lucky to live through it."
    • "Give me a ping, Vasily. One ping only, please."
  • Narm: To some native Russian speakers, Sean Connery speaking Russian in his trademark Scottish accent is hilarious. Also, Alec Baldwin's American accent when speaking Russian is so thick as to be unintelligible.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Rear Admiral Painter (played by actor and Tennessee senator Fred Thompson) has a small, but very memorable role in the film.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • You can see the bluescreened landscape through Alec Baldwin's hair at the end of the film.
    • Also, the missiles are all-too-obviously animated. Which just goes to show that even Industrial Light and Magic can have an off day.