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‘K-19’ sets sail

Ford credited with being a 'full-service superstar'

HOLLYWOOD — One prescient line of dialogue that Harrison Ford says with a Russian accent about his submarine’s mis-sion in “K-19: The Widowmaker” could just as easily apply to the film business: “We deliver or we drown.”

The film, distribbed domestically by Paramount, is a high-stakes release for Intermedia, which produced it and carries much of the exposure on it.

At Monday’s Village-Bruin preem, exec producer and Intermedia co-founder Nigel Sinclair said Ford’s line “could be Inter-media’s mantra.”

Sinclair, who described himself in a pre-screening speech as “one of 17 producers on this movie,” said when he visited the set and saw 28 ships, “It was like this was the Intermedia navy.”

Sinclair gave much of the credit for the film to Ford, whom he called “a full-service superstar.” The thesp has an exec producer credit and was involved in everything down to attending six preview screenings.

Ford said he chose “K-19,” his first non-studio-produced outing, because of its “strange and high ambition” to tell a Soviet Navy story without any American characters or “an American editorial” point of view. He added: “And why not?”

The after-bash (where there were enough vodka shots to supply a Boris Yeltsin bachelor party) was held atop the double-tier parking lot connected to the defunct Mann Westwood. “K-19” will probably be one of the last preem parties held there. A Whole Foods market is under construction in the former theater space, and it’s unlikely the store could go without the parking for the several days it takes to set up a preem party.

Among the comrades on hand were Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Par’s Sherry Lansing, Jonathan Dolgen and Rob Fried-man; Intermedia’s Basil Iwanyk and Jere Hausfater; producers Joni Sighvatsson, Christine Whitaker and Ed Feldman; National Geographic’s Rick Allen; stars Ford (with Calista Flockhart) and Liam Neeson; director Kathryn Bigelow; plus guests Mark Johnson, Joe Roth, Tom Freston, Jim Berkes and Angela Bassett.

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