Below (2002)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  18 October 2002 (USA)
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Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Odell (as Matt Davis)
Chuck Ellsworth ...
Navy Pilot
Navy Lookout
Jonathan Hartman ...
Sonar #1
Max Casali ...
Air Manifold
Alexis Conran ...


In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean and deep inside the human psyche. Written by Anonymous

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Six hundred feet beneath the surface terror runs deep

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Proteus  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$201,431 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$192,654 (Hong Kong) (21 March 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally Frank Sinatra singing "I'll Be Seeing You" was supposed to be mysteriously playing on the record player. When the studio had difficulties obtaining the rights, the song was replaced by 'Benny Goodman''s "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)". See more »


The use of grappling hooks was not an anti-submarine tactic used by the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. That tactic was used by German and British naval forces during World War I, but only in shallow water. There are also reports of the Japanese Imperial Navy using hooks in the Pacific during World War II. See more »


[first lines]
Brice: [hands coordinates to Loomis]
Lt. Loomis: This is almost a day behind us, sir.
Lt. Loomis: Well who are they? Americans, Brits, Italians? It doesn't even say.
Brice: Well I think we can assume they're friendly, Mr. Loomis. Besides, it doesn't appear to be a suggestion, does it.
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Crazy Credits

The only thing in the opening credits is the movie's title. Everything else is only shown after the movie is over. See more »


Featured in An Unfinished Life (2005) See more »


Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Benny Goodman
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Subtle, understated, and effective
25 October 2002 | by (Washington DC suburbs) – See all my reviews

Periodically I go through fits where I'm convinced that the American public is losing the capacity for thought in entertainment; that 99% of the movie-going public has reached the point where every smallest nuance must be telegraphed as loudly and as blatantly as possible, and any intelligent content must be simplified so it's comprehensible to the lowest common denominator.

Below is not like that.

This is a movie that simultaneously gives one hope (that something this stylish and subtle could be made in 2002), and despair (that the studio has shown so little faith in it that they've cast it adrift without any advertising or backing). Why this hasn't received even one quarter of the attention of Ghost Ship I can't fathom--if you have a choice, go see Below instead.

If you like beautifully photographed, well-thought-out eerie psychological horror films that don't tie everything up in a nice pretty package of explanations in the final shots, and are willing to give the relatively unknown but excellent cast a shot, then by all means hunt this one down.

9 out of 10

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