Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books.
Author Tom Clancy died earlier this week and I’ve decided to feature The Hunt for Red October. Clancy sold the manuscript to the Naval Institute Press for just $5,000. President Regan raved about the book and Clancy based the book on a real life event: the 1975 mutiny aboard a Soviet missile frigate. The book went on to sell more than 5 million copies. It also features Jack Ryan, Clancy’s most famous character.
In 1984, the USSR’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect, or to start a war?
Watson: Y’know, I seen me a mermaid once. I even seen me a shark eat an octopus. But I ain’t never seen no phantom Russian submarine.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)