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Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 March 1996 (USA)
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.

Director:

David S. Ward

Writers:

Hugh Wilson (screenplay), Andrew Kurtzman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Tom Dodge
Lauren Holly ... Emily
Rob Schneider ... Marty Pascal
Harry Dean Stanton ... Howard
Bruce Dern ... Admiral Graham
William H. Macy ... Captain Knox
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Buckman
Toby Huss ... Nitro
Duane Martin ... Jackson
Jonathan Penner ... Spots
Bradford Tatum ... Stepanak
Harland Williams ... Sonar
Rip Torn ... Admiral Winslow
James Martin Jr. James Martin Jr. ... Orlando Radioman
Jordan Marder ... Orlando Ensign
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Storyline

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days. With a crew that consists only of weird guys (and a gal), he's headed against the atomic powered USS Orlando, with the mission to destroy a dummy battleship. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Down Periscope See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,231,087, 3 March 1996

Gross USA:

$25,785,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,553,752
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 7 mins) When Dodge and the Admiral are talking just after he's seen the Stingray Dodge asks if he's supposed to turn the submarine into a museum. The 'Pampanito', the sub used in the movie, is a museum at pier 45 in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 17 mins) Near the end, when the Stingray is making the run on Norfolk, Dodge surfaces to run faster. This is correct for a diesel submarine. Admiral Graham surfaces the USS Orlando, presumably for the same reason. However, a Los Angeles class submarine, like all nuclear submarines, can actually run faster submerged. When comparing the specs, the Balao class USS Stingray's top speed would be 20.25 knots on the surface, but the Los Angeles class USS Orlando's top speed is quoted as 20 knots on the surface. If the Orlando could close on the Stingray at all, it wouldn't be nearly as quickly as shown. See more »

Quotes

Seaman Nitro 'Mike': Radio call for you, Cap'n. Some guy named Graminahamham.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits begins to roll, The Village People and several cast members start singing "In The Navy." See more »


Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman, Alfred Hart Miles (as A.H. Miles) and R. Lovell (as R. Lovett)
Performed by the Men of the Concert Choir, University of Southern California
Courtesy of University of Southern California
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Proof that the sum of the parts is often greater
1 September 2006 | by Christopher-PeznolaSee all my reviews

There was a recent documentary on making movies, that featured a long list of actors and directors talking about what its like to make movies. One common theme was you can have a great script, great cast, the best director and lots of money and still create a bad movie.

Down Periscope is proof of the corollary to that theory. Not an original or terribly well written screenplay. A few solid actors, but mostly unknowns, and this movie just makes you laugh out loud! It would be easy to just say that Kelsey Grammar carried this movie, but that isn't truly the case. Other character actors, like Rob Schneider, and the hilarious Harland Williams, added significantly to the enjoyability of the film.

Cast dynamics, or that mysterious "movie magic" are really what happened here, creating a film that flows smoothly, has incredibly well executed transitions and line after line of well written and well performed dialog.

A preposterous premise, lots and lots of technical inaccuracies and just plan silly things that could not happen in the real world, or the real navy, but you just don't care. As a merchant marine myself, I found that the overall feel of the movie, while not plausible, was also not too far off the mark as far as life at sea goes.

This is a VERY funny movie, a good family film, and, particularly if your a fan, lots of Kelsey Grammar wit, sarcasm and just damn funniness.


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