One of my favorite movies is The Hunt for Red October. The 1990 Oscar Award winning film (for best effects, sound editing), an adaptation of Tom Clancy‘s classic novel about deception, defection and a top secret submarine called the Red October that would’ve given the Soviet Union the advantage in the Cold War. Starring Sean Connery as Soviet sub commander ‘Marco Ramius’ and Alec Baldwin as CIA Analyst ‘Jack Ryan’, the film seems to be a favorite weekend slot filler on networks like BBC America, Sundance, IFC and AMC to this day over 30 years later. I must admit, the film is a remote dropper for me, and my wife can attest to how I’ve watched the film so many times that I can practically recite the whole thing line for line. (SPOILER ALERT)
The climax of the film is near the moment the Red October offloads its crew on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean due to a ‘faked’ reactor accident. The officers stay aboard (by lying to the crew that they are going below to scuttle the ship so it won’t fall into American hands) and instead of being able to sneak away and simply defect to the United States Navy they are confronted by another Soviet submarine with orders to sink the Red October at all costs. The result is a harrowing underwater ‘dogfight’ between the Red October, the Soviet sub and an American sub (USS Dallas) who is not trying to fight but they will do all they can to help the Red October out, short of firing a torpedo itself. The penultimate scene is where the Red October, being trailed by an incoming Soviet torpedo, plays a game of ‘chicken’ with the Soviet submarine that had fired at them.
As you can see in the video, the Red October ‘flinches’ in the game of chicken but survives the underwater engagement, meanwhile the disembarked crew floating on the surface in rafts assumes its submarine has been destroyed by the Americans and is none the wiser. The Soviet sub sent to destroy the Red October ends up destroying itself with its own torpedo.
In my opinion, this scene encapsulates the situation between the Minnesota Wild and its current contract situation with star winger Kirill Kaprizov. The longer this holdout lasts, the more it resembles a game of chicken as the Wild has made at least one if not two different offers as reported by Michael Russo at the Athletic which so far has been rejected by Kaprizov and his agent Paul Theofanous. These were deals where the team offered 7 or 8 year contracts with a AAV between $8.5 to $9 million dollars a season.