K-19: The Widowmaker

TitleK-19: The Widowmaker
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsBigelow, Kathryn
Running Time138 min
Date Released07/19/2002
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

Captain Vostrikov, a Russian naval officer, has been given command of the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, at the height of the Cold War in 1961. The vessel's executive officer Captain Polenin asserts that the flagship is not yet ready for deployment. But political pressure forces 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 leak in the K-19's cooling system soon threatens the nuclear payload.

The movie is based on the story of the first Soviet nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear ballistic missiles, K-19, that suffered a complete loss of coolant to its reactor during its initial voyage on 4 July 1961. However, the real participants of these events wrote an open letter to the movie makers to ask them not to show fake cowardice and a fake revolt which were a part of the plot. It was not heard by the producers, so that the film deviates from reality in many aspects.

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