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Note that this applies to the film adaptation and not the nove. For characters introduced in The Hunt For Red October, go here. For characters introduced in Clear and Present Danger, go here.

Sean Miller

Portrayed by: Sean Bean

  • Adaptational Villainy/Adaptational Heroism: A weird mix. While much more openly insane and violent than his book counterpart, Miller is much less petty and lacks most of book Miller’s Kick the Dog moments.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the book, Miller hated Ryan for ruining his perfect record of missions. Here, it’s because he killed his brother.
  • Ax Crazy: Especially at the end, when he attacks Ryan with an anchor.
  • Death by Adaptation: Impaled on an anchor and incinerated in a boat crash.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Miller genuinely loved his brother Patrick and seemed protective of him. After Ryan shoots him, Miller goes into a downward spiral.
  • Freudian Excuse: Miller and his brother had their parents killed and were taken in by O’Donell, who turned them into terrorists loyal to him. Miller seeing his brother killed was just the last straw.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Ryan shoots his brother, Miller goes from a rela calm terrorist to a snarling, almost feral madman.
  • Tranquil Fury: After his brother is killed, Miller spends most of the film like this until the end, where he utterly loses it.
  • Tragic Villain: Miller lost both his parents and when he saw his brother killed by Ryan in front of him, he snapped.

Marty Cantor

Portrayed by: J.E. Freeman


Portrayed by: Polly Walker

Kevin O’Donnell

Portrayed by: Patrick Bergin

Robby Jackson

Portrayed by: Samuel L. Jackson

Geoffrey Watkins

Portrayed by: Hugh Fraser

Paddy O’Neil

Potrayed by: Richard Harris

Sergeant James Owens

Portrayed by: Alun Armstrong

Robert Highland

Portrayed by: Robert Threfall

  • Death by Adaptation: In the novel Highland survived being shot by Miller, though he has to relearn how to walk. Here, he has no such luck.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After the vehicle transporting Miller to another prison is stopped by O’Donnell and his men, with Miller holding him at gunpoint, Highland simply tells them “Get on with it and be on your way.”
  • Fatal Family Photo: His family is mentioned after he is killed, but it still applies.
  • Nice Guy
  • Sacrificial Lion: Highland is executed by Miller.

Dennis Cooley

Portrayed by: Alex Norton

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