Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunt for Red October. The film is based on the bestselling 1984 novel of the same name. It follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan as he attempts to discover whether the Red October, an experimental Soviet nuclear submarine that can avoid detection, is attempting a sneak attack on the United States or if they are defecting.
The film is the first of five films that would adapt Tom Clancy's book series featuring main hero Jack Ryan. The producers were given access to real life declassified nuclear submarines to film on. It went on to become a major hit with fans and critics. It was the sixth highest grossing film of the year breaking several records. It was nominated for several awards, including three Academy Awards and winning one for Best Sound Effects Editing. It also led to significant interest in Clancy's works. It was followed by two sequels, one prequel, a reboot, a television series, a spin-off set to be released later this year, and numerous video games.
The film features the talents of Courtney B. Vance as USS Dallas sonar operator Ronald Jones.