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Gray Lady Down (1978)

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

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David Greene

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David Lavallee (novel), James Whittaker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Paul Blanchard
David Carradine ... Capt. Gates
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Bennett
Ned Beatty ... Mickey
Stephen McHattie ... Danny Murphy
Ronny Cox ... Cmdr. David Samuelson
Dorian Harewood ... Fowler
Rosemary Forsyth ... Vickie Blanchard
Hilly Hicks ... Page
Charles Cioffi ... Admiral Barnes
William Jordan William Jordan ... Waters
Jack Rader ... Harkness
Antony Ponzini ... Caruso
Michael O'Keefe ... Harris
Charles Robinson ... McAllister (as Charlie Robinson)
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Storyline

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Trapped underwater... with time running out.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. - Submarino Nuclear See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,438,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,438,927
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. See more »

Goofs

The SNARK cleans sand and rock debris from around the sunken sub's escape hatch, but when the rescue vessel arrives later, the submarine is completely clean; all the debris is gone. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Gates: [referring to those aboard the downed submarine] I hope they understood it.
Mickey: If I did - they did!
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Connections

Referenced in The Abyss (1989) See more »

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A bit unbelievable, but not for the usual reasons.
1 February 2009 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

A better-than-average disaster movie, due mostly to the absence of any ridiculous scenes. (There are no overweight older Jewish women who won swimming medals many years ago trying to reach the sub, for example.)

On the other hand, Ronnie Cox as the first officer goes to pieces very quickly and you wonder why the Navy ever thought he'd be able to command a sub of his own. Also, you've got to ponder the initial collision. The sub's crew basically just lets a freighter in open water run them down, not even noticing that the freighter is in the area until it's too late to do anything about it. Kind of makes you wonder.

Heston is restrained in his role, which works out pretty well. Everybody else does a good job (except for Cox) and the special FX are average for the time.

Definitely worth watching.


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