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Gray Lady Down (1978)

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

David Lavallee (novel), James Whittaker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Paul Blanchard
David Carradine ... Capt. Gates
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Bennett
Ned Beatty ... Mickey
Stephen McHattie ... Danny Murphy
Ronny Cox ... Cmdr. David Samuelson
Dorian Harewood ... Fowler
Rosemary Forsyth ... Vickie Blanchard
Hilly Hicks ... Page
Charles Cioffi ... Admiral Barnes
William Jordan William Jordan ... Waters
Jack Rader ... Harkness
Antony Ponzini ... Caruso
Michael O'Keefe ... Harris
Charles Robinson ... McAllister (as Charlie Robinson)
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Storyline

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Trapped underwater... with time running out.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gray Lady Down See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,438,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,438,927
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel "Event 1000" by David Lavalee. When the U.S. Navy practices submarine rescues it is designated as "Exercise 1000". If a real-life rescue is required it is designated as "Event 1000". See more »

Goofs

A sailor on the DSRV has an American flag on his arm. It is facing the wrong direction. The blue field should always be towards the front, as if the person is facing into the wind. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Gates: [referring to those aboard the downed submarine] I hope they understood it.
Mickey: If I did - they did!
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Connections

Referenced in Catch and Release (2006) See more »

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Submarine Disaster Movie
22 October 2019 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Little known disaster movie about a doomed submarine.

I should begin by explaining that I am one of the world's biggest fans of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968) TV series. That series, which lifted sets and models from a massive budget movie of the same name, did a lot of what was done here in Gray Lady Down.

In fact one early B&W VTTBOTS episode - "Submarine Sunk Here" - is so much like GLD it is not funny. So this all made GLD seem very familiar to me.

But it is still well worth a look for the great acting of Charlton Heston as the sub Captain and the rescue attempts to save the sub are well made and filmed.

The musical score by Jerry Fielding is okay but he would do much better disaster movie music the following year with - Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979).


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