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A moment by moment account of the sinking and rescue of the crew of the submarine USS Squalus which was the first rescue of living crew on a submarine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Oliver Naquin
Frances Naquin
Jim McDonald
Matthew Wait ...
Martin 'Ski' Sibitzky
Vincent Riotta ...
Harold Preble
Raymond Waring
Alex McSweeney ...
Seaman Lawrence Gainor
John Pielmeier ...
Lt. Cmdr. Fortis
Lloyd Maness
Betty Cole
Rear Admiral Cyrus Cole (as James B. Sikking)
Alex Campagner ...
Machinist Mate Al Prien
Des Coleman ...
Cook Will Isaacs


Based on the best-selling book by Peter Maas, Submerged tells the story of the first submarine rescue in history, that of the crew of the USS Squalus in 1938, and of the man who affected the rescue, Lt.Cmdr. "Swede" Momsen. Written by Jeff Codella

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59 men trapped below. A desperate SOS. The depths of human courage.




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Release Date:

20 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'odyssée du Squalus  »

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1.33 : 1
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While many movies of this type add complications to the rescue, this one simplifies it. In real life several more ships were involved, and when the diving bell jammed on the fourth trip, several dives were made before it could be freed. The bell was also sent on a fifth trip to confirm that no other compartments contained survivors. See more »


Throughout the movie the name of the sub Squalus is mispronounced as Squawlus. The correct pronunciation is Skwaylus. See more »

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Submarine down ... men trapped .. dramatic rescue ...promising ..

Submarine down ... men trapped .. dramatic rescue ... very promising elements .. but fails to deliver. The best ingredients are a waste on a poor chef, and that is what happened here. A pretty marketable story, by a good author, but too many corners cut in this made for TV snoozer. The story line was poorly paced to build any tension, the young lovers subplot was underdeveloped and all of the acting was generally weak. If you need to kill some time - fine; if you are a real naval fanatic - fine; but if there are other choices, they will probably be better.

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