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Below (2002)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,431, 13 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Darren Aronofsky, who co-wrote the screenplay, was originally going to direct the film in 1999 but instead made Requiem for a Dream (2000). 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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Surprisingly suspenseful and atmospheric supernatural WW2 thriller.
14 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed 'Below' a LOT more than I anticipated. It's a very similar movie in theme to the disappointing 'The Bunker', apart from the obvious difference of being set on a submarine of course. But unlike 'The Bunker' this movie has interesting characters that a)you can tell apart, and b) actually care about their fate. The script, direction and acting are all superior, and it's very effective in conveying the tense atmosphere of a sub in WW2, despite not being made on a mega-budget. I like David Twohy's debut 'Pitch Black', and I like 'Below' even more. It's not only a very well made suspense movie, but also a good war one. I hope Twohy fulfills his promise in projects to come.

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