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Gray Lady Down (1978)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  April 1978 (USA)
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A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

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Capt. Paul Blanchard
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Capt. Bennett
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Mickey
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Danny Murphy
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Cmdr. David Samuelson
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Fowler
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Vickie Blanchard
Hilly Hicks ...
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Charles Cioffi ...
Admiral Barnes
William Jordan ...
Waters
Jack Rader ...
Harkness
Antony Ponzini ...
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Harris
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McAllister (as Charlie Robinson)
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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.

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Drama | Thriller

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April 1978 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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Feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. See more »

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When resting on the bottom, the crew are seen on the mess decks watching a movie. In real life, the non-essential crew would have been sent to their bunks and the ship would have been placed on reduced electrical load in order to preserve precious battery power. There would not have been any movies or cooked meals. See more »

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Capt. Paul Blanchard: Fourteen hundred and fifty feet! They really built this baby!
Murphy: Thank God!
Capt. Paul Blanchard: God and General Dynamics!
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A bit unbelievable, but not for the usual reasons.
1 February 2009 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

A better-than-average disaster movie, due mostly to the absence of any ridiculous scenes. (There are no overweight older Jewish women who won swimming medals many years ago trying to reach the sub, for example.)

On the other hand, Ronnie Cox as the first officer goes to pieces very quickly and you wonder why the Navy ever thought he'd be able to command a sub of his own. Also, you've got to ponder the initial collision. The sub's crew basically just lets a freighter in open water run them down, not even noticing that the freighter is in the area until it's too late to do anything about it. Kind of makes you wonder.

Heston is restrained in his role, which works out pretty well. Everybody else does a good job (except for Cox) and the special FX are average for the time.

Definitely worth watching.


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