This early 90s picture was made during the waning days of the Cold War, but it is set in a time when we were still on high alert. In 1984, the Soviet Union was still very strong, and nuclear subs on both sides of the world had to power to level cities. This is based on one of the very successful books in the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series. In this story, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is working for the CIA as a consultant as his wife (Gates McFadden) works through her residency in London. At this time, a new wold has been put to sea out of Polijarny Inlet, and she is the Red October. Her captain is Marko Ramius (Sean Connery), and he has an agenda. it is up to Jack Ryan to find out what an old sea dog like Ramius could be up to with that much nuclear power in his hands, and why the best of the Soviet Fleet has been sent out of Leningrad and other major ports in the nation to hunt down this amazing sub with a magnetohydrodynamic drive that makes it run virtually silent.