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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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Down Periscope  »

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$25,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Harry Dean Stanton - playing the veteran Chief Engineer, Howard - actually served in the navy during WWII. See more »

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In the promotion board meeting, Dodge's tattoo was said to be acquired when he was an ensign. In two later conversations with Lt. Lake, Dodge said it was after the Murmansk Brushing Incident. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Comd. Dodge: [a phone call for Dodge has come in from Admiral Graham, Nitro has patched it through] Dodge here. Stairway to Heaven. Led Zepplin, 1974 right? Okay!
Lt. Comd. Dodge: [to the crew] Hey good news everybody! We just won the Billy Joel tickets and WROK t-shirts!
Lt. Comd. Dodge: [as the crew chuckles, to Nitro] Nitro... You want to get me Admiral Graham now?
[Nitro scrambles to connect the call]
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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 Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

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Be All That You Can Be
Written by Jake Holmes
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Formulaic Comedy Still Has Its Moments
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes juvenile, sometimes stupid and sometimes very predictable.....but yet this was a fun movie that is charming at times, too. It wasn't good enough to be a "keeper," but I did enjoy watching this.

The humor is a little sleazy at times but the language wasn't too bad. Kelsey Grammar plays a likable role in the Navy comedy. Most of his crew are somewhat stupid characters but I did like the sonar man with the great hearing. Lauren Holy was okay as the female interest but Rob Schneider was just plain annoying and tended to overact. He's either very funny or very stupid in his films. Bruce Dern, as always, was an effective "bad guy."

The story is a favorite of the film industry: a bunch of rag-tag misfits and rebels somehow outwit and outmaneuver the larger Establishment experts with their high-tech machinery. No matter how improbable or ridiculous, Hollywood will not stop that formula Nonetheless, it's decent lightweight entertainment with a nice, sentimental ending.

Odd, though: what I remember most is the guys stuffing cotton swabs up their nose! If you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about.


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