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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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Abajo el periscopio  »

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$25,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge ('Kelsey Grammar') is informed by Vice Adm. Dean Winslow (Rip Torn) that he would not be receiving a Los Angeles Class submarine, but would instead be placed in command of a Seawolf Class submarine. The Seawolf Class was intended to be the replacement for the Los Angeles Class, however due to high costs, only three were ever built. Ultimately the more cost-effective Virginia Class was chosen to succeed the Los Angeles Class in the US Navy. See more »

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At the end of the movie the crew exit the sub through a covered hatch. This cover is only present on the USS Pampanito for the use of tourists and would not be found on an actual Navy sub. See more »

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Rear Admiral Yancy Graham: [Approaching Winslow after Dodge wins the war game] Sir, this entire exercise is invalid! Dodge left the containment area...
Adm. Dean Winslow: After you had narrowed it without proper authorization.
Rear Admiral Yancy Graham: He ignored a direct order!
Adm. Dean Winslow: Oh, stow it, Yancy! He had higher orders. Oh, and you can forget about that third star.
[Smiles and walks away]
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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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Be All That You Can Be
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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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