Film Watch – 308. Crimson Tide

crimson-tideFast Facts

Title: Crimson Tide
Director: Tony Scott
Year: 1995
Run time: 1hr 56m

Background Info

A long time ago, I mentioned to Mr C that I wanted to see some submarine films. We made a list but never really got round to watching any. After perusing Netflix for a while, we stumbled across this beauty, that neither of us had seen before. Coincidentally on the same weekend as Doctor Who went all submarine, we decided we were in the mood for a bit of action and Crimson Tide was the one.

Live Blog

1:53 – Talking over the sound of a jet engine taking off, kinda like talking in the F1 pit lane!
3:28 – That was an awful lot of information to take in.
7:29 – The dog is called Bear.
14:54 – Being the front line AND the last line of defence is a lot of pressure.
17:39 – As much as I like being indoors, 65 days with no fresh air does seem like a lot.
22:02 – “I don’t mean to suggest you’re indecisive, not at all. You’re just… complicated.” That’s what I am too!
24:30 – Is Greenwich Mean (Zulu) Time different to normal GMT?
28:40 – There’s so much repetition on a submarine. Can’t just one person say something?
33:24 – It’s odd to say “ship sinking” when you are already below water.
38:50 – I love that. Silver Surfer argument. “You have to settle an argument even in the face of stoopidity.”
41:36 – I feel like I need a map to plot their course.
44:59 – Scariest words in the world? “This is not a drill.”
56:24 – How calm does a person have to look to be called calm? He’s calmer than I am!
1:08:49 – So caught up in that. This film is good.
1:14:43 – He was ready to make the difficult decisions.
1:18:58 – “There’s only two sides to a mutiny.”
1:23:09 – Dude is doing Star Trek references. I’m on his side.
1:30:33 – I’m enjoying all the talk of bubbles.
1:34:07 – You can’t just put your key in and walk off!
1:40:32 – Come on Scotty!
1:44:45 – Awkward.
1:48:34 – “You’ve both created one hell of a mess.” And film.


I really loved this. Initially I was concerned when the reporter gave us a huge spiel of backstory that I struggled to follow and had no hope of remembering. Thankfully, it wasn’t necessary to remember the intricate details of who said what to whom, the fight was clear. Between boat captains, between nations, between morals. Tony Scott mastered making the scenes tense, I was almost literally on the edge of my seat at times. It had its Black Hawk Down moment, genuinely pulling at my robot heart-strings, and it was all really well done.

Rating: 5/5


  1. This one is a real favourite, such tension. I’ve seen it 6 or 7 times and I hate re-watching films, yet this one still grips me every time.
    Best submarine film ever made and that’s saying something as there are plenty of classics.

    Zulu is just military-speak for normal GMT.


  2. Don’t worry there are plenty of classics. πŸ™‚

    The Hunt For Red October has to be high on the list (one ping only). One of the first films I owned – on VHS! – and still brilliant.
    K-19 was quite good, and it has Liam Neeson in it.

    Das Boot, in German with subtitles, set entirely on a German U-boat.

    Lots and lots of older stuff, bit dated now but still great:
    Ice Station Zebra, made in the 60s, Cold War
    We Dive At Dawn, made during WW2 probably as propaganda but still pretty good

    Or for a bit of fun, several versions of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea πŸ™‚


  3. Jordan F1

    if the bandwidth was better, i could live in a sub.

    Liar! For a start, you don’t like boats.

    If you do not like boats, then a submarine’s absolutely perfect… Raise the sub to periscope depth take a look around, find the offending boat and yell “Torpedo los!” while pressing the firing button.

    Just like me know the co-ordinates of the virgin wreck, gotta keep the scuba-diving lass happy….


  4. I’ll join Pat on the “Das Boot” Flotilla, it is one of my favourite films. Decent enough reason to learn “technical / nautical” German as well. Killing the lights and English dubbing really adds to the realism of the movie. And there’s no Scottish / American actors trying to have a Russian accent as well….. πŸ˜›


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