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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


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


Sylvesterson was the first sailor picked to board the boat, but when Sylvesterson walks up the plank when boarding the boat, RJ Jackson is seen walking behind Dodge, not Sylvesterson. Where did RJ Jackson come from? See more »


[Buckman has just let go a huge fart]
Captain Carl Knox: Hear something?
Orlando Sonarman: Yeah. Almost sounded like... an explosion.
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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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Much more cleverly funny than advertised...
14 August 2001 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it came out on video within months of its theatrical release in 1996. I remember how I laughed much more than I expected.

I haven't watched the film until it came out on cable TV recently. Even though I knew the plot and many of the jokes, I still found myself laughing as hard as when I first saw it. I was pleasantly surprised that the movie still had an appeal after all these years and many of the actors in the film did a great job without being overly done. Kelsey Grammer, in particular, played a very likeable commander and even though he had the goofiest men under his command, Grammer brought out the best in each of them.

This movie is much more believeable to watch than any of the Police Academy movies. Being a former Navy vet myself, the language made sense to me and after watching a super serious thriller like "U-571" recently, Down Periscope still kept within the framework of what is acceptable and believeable within the Navy. If you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it for pure entertainment and escapism.

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