Automaton told me to watch The Hunt for Red October because “I would love it.” When I told him I thought it was just OK he was crushed. Then I watched it again and again … and again. Watching it the fifth time I had to agree that I do love that movie.

For those who haven’t seen it, it’s about the defection of a Soviet submarine Captain and his command crew. Sean Connery plays a Russian with a thick Scottish accent and says things like “buckaroo” and “There is little room in Tupolev’s heart for anyone but Tupolev” – but listen, stop imagining – listen for yourself:

And of course, you must see the scene this comic is based on. Sam Neil is talking about what he dreams his life will be like once they’ve defected. The second quote is from Sean Connery. He’s supposed to be relating his dream as well, but instead he talks about his dead wife.

It’s a trick to get you to empathize with the “villain.” We’re not supposed to like the Soviets (especially in 1990 at the tail end of the Cold War). By making Connery’s character a tragic figure we feel a little sorry for him. At one point he quotes Christopher Columbus: “and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.” For Connery’s character, though, there is no new hope at sea, because for him home is his wife (arguably) and she’s dead. And don’t we all love Sean Connery anyway? His Scottish accent shouldn’t work in a Russian role, but it DOES.

Maybe you should watch it. I think you’ll love it.