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Down Periscope (1996)

 -  Comedy  -  1 March 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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>

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A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude language | See all certifications »

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1 March 1996 (USA)  »

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$25,800,000 (USA)
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In the scene towards the end where Lt. Lake enters LC Dodge's cabin and kisses him, Lauren Holly hits her elbow backing out the doorway. This was unintentional and Kelsey Grammer's reaction almost ruined the take. As a noticeable bruise developed during later takes and they (Grammer and Holly) couldn't stop laughing, this was the take used. See more »

Goofs

The goal of the Stingray is to sneak attack upon Norfolk. However, Norfolk is not visible from the ocean as it is a city bordered only by the Chesapeake Bay and the James River. To "attack" the Norfolk area would require passing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel first, as well as Virginia Beach. Also, there are no mountains in the eastern half of Virginia. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Comd. Dodge: Give me all you got, Howard!
Lt,. Howard, Chief Engineer: Aye, sir! This is what I live for, DBF!
[pulls out a bottle of whiskey, takes a swig, and pours the rest into the fuel tank]
Stepanek: What are you doing?
Lt,. Howard, Chief Engineer: Whiskey, thins down the mix. Gives us another 50 RPM's!
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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 Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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Louie Louie
Written by Richard Berry
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Proof that the sum of the parts is often greater
1 September 2006 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

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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