K-19: The Widowmaker

2002 film by Kathryn Bigelow

K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 independent historical movie about one of the first Soviet nuclear submarines. The film is directed and produced by Kathryn Bigelow. The lead actors are Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. The film had mixed reviews[4] and did not make much money. The film had a budget of $90 million.[5]

K-19: The Widowmaker
Directed byKathryn Bigelow
Screenplay byChristopher Kyle
Story byLouis Nowra
Produced by
CinematographyJeff Cronenweth
Edited byWalter Murch
Music byKlaus Badelt
Distributed by
Release dates
  • July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19) (United States)
  • September 5, 2002 (2002-09-05) (Germany)
  • October 25, 2002 (2002-10-25) (United Kingdom)
Running time
138 minutes[3]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Canada
Budget$90 million[1]
Box office$65.7 million

Plot Edit

Captain Alexei Vostrikov commands a ballistic submarine with executive officer Mikhail Polenin. Vostrikov replaces a drunk reactor officer with Radtchenko. The ship tests missiles near the United States. Vostikov has the ship do risky things like crash into the icecaps. One of the rods of the nuclear reactant gets damaged. Men are exposed to radiation and get sick. Vostrikov says no to American help. The fixed pipe leaks and torpedo fuel catches fire. Tension arises between officers and commanders. Radtchenko fixes the problem. Polenin tricks the officers and arrests them. Vostrikov has the submarine dive to avoid overheating. Later in the Soviet Union, Vostrikov is tried for breaking orders. Polenin defends Vostrikov. Twenty-seven men had died from the radiation. Many years later, Vostrikov and Polenin meet again at the cemetery. Vostrikov toasts and honors the dead men.



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  2. "K-19: Showdown in der Tiefe". filmportal.de. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  3. "K-19 - The Widowmaker". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. K-19: The Widowmaker, retrieved 2022-07-27
  5. "K-19: The Widowmaker". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2022-07-27.