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Still shot from the movie: K-19: The Widowmaker.

K-19: The Widowmaker

Based on actual events, this movie uses dramatic license to tell the story of the K-19. Shortly into the Russian submarine's maiden voyage, one of its two nuclear reactors blew a high-pressure cooling line. Because there are also nuclear warheads on board, the malfunction needs to be remedied before disaster ignites the bombs and an explosive cold war response. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 138
Theater Release: 18 Jul 2002
Video Release: 09 Dec 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The one-upmanship between the US and Russia during the cold war is an extreme example of what can quickly happen when two adversaries are unable to find common ground. Can you think of times when same attitude may cause us to participate (although usually in much smaller ways) in this type of behavior?

K-19 is a dramatized recreation of a very serious incident that may have brought the world into World War III. National Geographic’s involvement with this movie includes a massive web site devoted to submarines and their use in military operations. Check it out at http://crater.nationalgeographic.com/k19/

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