Shapstik’s Movie Clip of the Week: Crimson Tide (1995)

Decided to start doing a Movie Clip of the Week to fit in-between my reviews and countdowns. To keep the river flowing, if you know what I mean. Anyway here is the first:

“Oh no you won’t, sir”

Taken from my favourite submarine movie Crimson Tide (1995), and starring my two favourite actors in Hackman and Washington, this scene is the culmination of not just a clash of personalities, but a contest of ideals. Known as the “mutiny scene”, it is the moment that two men create their own battlefield in the tense confines of a nuclear submarine.

Paired up under unfortunate circumstances, all seems fine between Captain Ramsay and his new XO Lieutenant Hunter, until the first glimpses of the tension are spotted during dinner on board, when Washington states: “in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself”. A line that stabs straight into the heart of Hackman’s beliefs and adherence to the chain of command, wherein no debate can be afforded.

After receiving an uncompleted transmission regarding the deployment of nuclear weapons, Hunter, despite being ordered to never disagree in-front of the crew, finds the Captain’s disregard for common sense too much, and speaks his mind. This creates one of the tensest war-time moments in film, and without doubt displays what I still believe to be the late Tony Scott’s best performance as a director!

Hope you have enjoyed my clip, and look out for next time’s Movie Clip of the Week!

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