The Hunt for Red October
film / 8.05pm / TCM
set during the Cold War, this 1990 thriller based on a Tom Clancy doorstopper sees Sean Connery play a Soviet nuclear submarine captain with a suspiciously Scottish accent. As he merrily steers his deadly war machine towards the United States, the American military breaks into a sweat. Connery claims he’s violated his orders from the Russians and wants to defect, but could this simply be a ruse to get nearer American targets? Alec Baldwin plays CIA agent Jack Ryan (a role reprised in later films by Harrison Ford and, most recently, Chris Pine) in a fine, handsome thriller that handles tension beautifully.
A youthful Alec Baldwin stars as Jack Ryan