Friday, January 13, 2012

Red October Over Christmas

While our son was visiting at Christmas, he stated he'd never seen The Hunt For Red October, which I'd been quoting to him most of his life.  So Dr Desert Flower downloaded it for $5 from Amazon, and we watched this classic together one night.   It's one of my favorite movies of all time, well written, well acted, with a plot that makes you think and keeps you guessing.  Connery as a Russian Submarine Captain (with a Scottish Accent) was initially hard to believe, but as my friend Knucklesplitter is found of saying, in a perfect Connery accent:  "how many dragons do you know?" 

Some of the choice HFRO quotes are below:

Jack Ryan: I can never sleep on a plane. Turbulence.
Flight Attendant: Pardon?
Jack Ryan: Turbulence. Solar radiation heats the Earth's crust, warm air rises, cold air descends - turbulence. I, I don't like that.

Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck... maybe even a "recreational vehicle." And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?
Captain Ramius: I suppose.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?
Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Well then, in winter I will live in... Arizona. Actually, I think I will need two wives.

Adm. Painter: What's his plan?
Jack Ryan: His plan?
Adm. Painter: Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan.

Capt. Bart Mancuso: That's all right, Mr Ryan. My Morse is so rusty, I could be sending him dimensions on Playmate of the Month.

Captain Ramius: What books did you write?
Jack Ryan: I wrote a biography of, of Admiral Halsey, called "The Fighting Sailor", about, uh, naval combat tactics...
Captain Ramius: I know this book!
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Torpedo impact...
Captain Ramius: Your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan...
Capt. Vasili Borodin: ...10 seconds.
Captain Ramius: ...Halsey acted stupidly.

Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.

Captain Ramius: Re-verify our range to target... one ping only.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Captain, I - I - I just...
Captain Ramius: Give me a ping, Vasili. One ping only, please.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Aye, Captain.

Captain Ramius: We must give this American a wide berth.

Capt. Vasili Borodin: I would like to have seen Montana.

Captain Ramius:  Right now, Captain Tupolev is removing the safety features on all his weapons. He won't make the same mistake twice.

Capt. Bart Mancuso:  Combat tactics, Mr. Ryan. By turning into the torpedo, the captain closed the distance before it could arm itself.

Andrei Bonovia: You arrogant ass. You've killed *us*!

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