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Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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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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 in the film. See more »

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In one of the scenes, the Executive Officer calls LCDR Dodge "Commander". While the "Lieutenant" modifier is often omitted from lieutenant commander (or lieutenant colonel, for that matter), this is considered insulting in context, as LCDR Dodge was the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Boat, his correct title would have been "Skipper" or "Captain". See more »

Quotes

Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: [loudly] Buckman! What the hell are you doing?
Seaman Buckman: Stocking the pantry, sir!
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: You forgot like an idiot, Buckman, because you're stocking the pantry like an idiot!
[grabs two cans]
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: What are in these cans?
Seaman Buckman: That one's coffee, and that one looks like cooking lard, sir.
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: And which one do you think we're gonna be using more often, sailor? The coffee or the lard?
[Buckman shakes his head uncertainly]
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: You think we're all gonna jump out of bed in the morning and have a big, hot, steaming cup of pig fat?
Seaman Buckman: Well, it...
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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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Anchors Aweigh
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman, A.H. Miles and R. Lovell
Performed by the Men of the Concert Choir
University of Southern California
Courtesy of University of Southern California
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A very funny and relaxing movie
16 July 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Being an ex-submariner on both diesel and nuc boats, I wasn't looking for a true to life Navy movie. I have enjoyed Down Periscope over and over again. Sure, some if not most of the realism of life on a submarine is skimmed over, but this adds to the appeal by creating a simplistic story line that is easy and fun to follow. I swear I knew most of the crew of the Stingray. The excellent cast made for an even more enjoyable movie. I don't want to get into specifics about little things that may not have been correct because that would only serve to detract from what I feel is an excellent movie to enjoy for its entertainment. So sit back, relax and "Let's kick this pig"


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