Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of ... See full summary »
Sgt. Bilko is a well-liked conman in charge of the army base's motor pool, developing a hover tank and unofficially of gambling etc. One man hates Bilko and he's coming to inspect the base for possible closure.
Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »
A cop begins to turn to booze and coke during a tough undercover assignment. When a big drug-buy goes sour and the cop ends up with a million in cash, he decides to take off with the money.... See full summary »
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
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(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 »
(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 »
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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