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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abajo el periscopio  »

Box Office


$25,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The diesel submarine used in the movie is the USS Pampanito (SS 383), a WWII submarine currently (2000) on display to the public at Pier 45 in San Francisco, California. See more »


During the surface chase at the end of the run, water spray from the helicopter being used as camera platform can be seen blowing over both submarines. See more »


Lt. Comd. Dodge: [Stingray has been single pinged by the Orlando] Lt. Lake, prepare to surface!
Lt. Emily Lake, Diving Officer: Surface?
Lt. Emily Lake, Diving Officer: I mean Aye Sir!
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: Sir, I can't condone your decision to surrender this quickly!
Lt. Comd. Dodge: I'm proud of you, Marty!
[Into the intercom]
Lt. Comd. Dodge: Howard, once we're on the surface, run on one screw only!
[Addressing the control room]
Lt. Comd. Dodge: Rig for red!
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Crazy Credits

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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I loved this flick
7 February 2004 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

I'm glad they finally released it on DVD. I bought the video tape years ago and watch it at least once or twice a year.

Grammer has a wry wit about him that really makes this movie a success. Its formula is certainly not original, but it's very funny nonetheless. I am very surprised that it didn't receive higher in the ratings.

It ranks as one of my all-time favorite comedies. It's just a fun little flick that makes you feel good. And sometimes, that's all a movie is meant to be.

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