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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 55 mins) When Capt. Dodge returns to his cabin and says, "Live to fight another day," after the sub has bottomed, a microphone is visible moving near his knee. See more »

Quotes

Rear Admiral Yancy Graham: [Thinking he is about to win the war game against Dodge] I gotcha now, Popeye!
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As the credits begins to roll, The Village People and several cast members start singing "In The Navy." See more »

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References National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) See more »

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Hysterically clever and upbeat comedy.
29 April 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Surprisingly good and quick-witted adventure that features Kelsey Grammer (supposedly in his first lead role in a feature) as an unconventional Navy sub commander who wants to run a nuclear sub of his own, however; he has earn it by competing against the U.S. Navy in a series of war-games with a crew of untested, questionable, and lovable men (and a woman, too).

Director David S. Ward ("Major League") and his writers have put together a hysterically clever and upbeat comedy that tries to make the film easy to understand, which they do quite well. Second, besides the Grammer character, most of the crew provide some or plenty of the movie's humor, which is treated like a double-edged sword. Three members of the supporting cast - Harland Williams, Toby Huss, and Rob Schneider provide the funniest scenes, which includes weird gestures, impersonations, and, well, their personalities.

"Down Periscope" is more than a Navy version of "Police Academy" or "The Dirty Dozen". What the film does is get the job done the right way and I liked it.


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