During my preparations for a costume party / potluck lunch at work, I made a list of the ‘big’ films that came out 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years ago. Among those was The Hunt for Red October. And I thought to myself, hey, here’s a costume I don’t have to shave my beard off for: Captain 1st Class Marko Ramius… All I have to do is turn my hair and beard salt-and-pepper gray, somehow. That seems do-able, and I like Red October, so why not do that for Halloween this year?
I’ve been poking around the internet looking for good costume references, and cheap costume parts on ebay. Bit the bullet and ordered a black Nehru jacket that I hope will fit. It was $30, which is probably about as cheap as they get. Lucky for me the actual costumes from the film are black, though I think the real Soviet uniforms can go either way – black or navy.
I need a couple of pins, and a whole bunch of ribbons (“fruit salad”), and the epaulettes / shoulder boards. The ushanka’s optional, I think. Probably gonna be hot anyway, even without it.
Today, I was lucky enough to identify all the ribbons on the ‘fruit salad’, thanks to a close up photo from an auction, and Wikipedia’s lists of Soviet medals. Trivia: Some are doubles, which may or may not have been possible in real life. One is for saving a drowning man (very appropriate), two are for ‘defense of the arctic’ during WWII (unlikely, I think), and one is the Order of Lenin, which the ship’s doctor seems to imply Ramius doesn’t have.
Ramius at his youngest would be 56, I think, if he served in WWII. Connery was born in 1930, so he would have been too young to serve in WWII, ironically, unless he was a cadet or something.
Anyway, expect a post on Ramius’ ribbons soon.