1 The disagreement between Cpt. Ramsey and Lcdr. Hunter over the origin of the Lipizzaner stallions throughout the movie foreshadows and illustrates the fundamental source of friction between the two men, both insisting that their mutually exclusive version of reality is the truth. Ironically, Cpt. Ramsey, (who believes the stallions are Portuguese) or Lcdr. Hunter (who says they are Spanish) are both incorrect. The Lippizaner stallions are in fact Slovenian - they originate from a town called Lipica. However, the horses are generally associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna (Austria), so Hunter was technically closer to the truth than Ramsey.
2 According to a 1995 Premiere magazine article, when Quentin Tarantino visited the set, Washington confronted him about his use of the word "nigger" in his films. Tarantino got embarrassed and wanted to move the conversation to a more private area. Washington said, "No, if we're going to discuss it, let's discuss it now." Washington later said he still felt that Tarantino was "a fine artist".
=======================================================================3 The U.S. Navy found the subject of the film objectionable and inaccurate. It refused to provide any assistance in the movie's making.
4 The scene in which the USS Alabama is diving for the first time out of dock, the footage is of the real submarine submerging. Tony Scott was following along in a helicopter attaining shots of the ship, herself. When the captain of the Alabama requested that the helicopter cease filming, they submerged, which is what director Tony Scott was hoping for anyway. |=======================================================================
5 Quentin Tarantino was brought in to do uncredited "punch-ups" of the dialogue. His major contribution was the comic book bickering. The character name "Russell Vossler" is a reference to Rand Vossler, with whom Tarantino used to work at a video store. See also Pulp Fiction (1994).
6 Shize! I fucking deleted it!
7 The set used for the bridge of the USS Alabama was also used as the USS Georgia's bridge in Independence Day (1996)
8 Al Pacino was originally offered the role played by Gene Hackman. Warren Beatty was also interested in the movie and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer went through a long period trying to convince him to sign on, before all parties moved on.
9 The Alabama's bridge set was built on a huge hydraulic gimbal. The gimbal tilted the set to simulate the submarine's dive angles.
10 Gene Hackman's character wears a pink cap similar to his director Tony Scott's trademark item of headgear.
Crimson Tide (1995)
R | 1h 56min | Action, Drama, Thriller | 12 May 1995 (USA)
On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.
Director: Tony Scott
Writers: Michael Schiffer (story), Richard P. Henrick (story)
Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven