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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.

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Cast

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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
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Admiral Barnes
William Jordan ...
Waters
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Harkness
Antony Ponzini ...
Caruso
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Harris
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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.


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April 1978 (USA)  »

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Sauvez le Neptune  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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

The SNARK cleans sand and rock debris from around the sunken sub's escape hatch, but when the rescue vessel arrives later, the submarine is completely clean; all the debris is gone. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Catch and Release (2006) See more »

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An Underrated Gem
17 May 2000 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

A truly wonderful underappreciated gem from the tail-end of the "disaster" films of the 1970s, that was also Charlton Heston's last film as an action lead. What really makes "Gray Lady Down" a terrific film is that unlike the disaster films of the 90s (and some of the bad ones of the 70s), there is an air of believability to the whole thing. We don't see anything extremely outlandish, and we don't see incredible death-defying feats by the leads who then improbably survive such endeavors. Instead, we get a sense of how the real Navy might respond to a crisis like this and the end result proves to be quite gripping.

The cast is great, including Heston as the downed sub's captain, Stacy Keach (minus his usual hairpiece-a rarity) as the squadron commander, and surprisingly David Carradine who after all those years of "Kung Fu" shows that he can handle a different kind of role credibly. Christopher Reeve has a bit part as an officer, and this helped bring him to the attention of the Salkinds when they were looking for candidates for "Superman." Fine score by Jerry Fielding too.


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