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Crash Dive (1996)

The crew of the nuclear submarine USS Ulysses rescues supposed victims of a boat disaster, but the victims turn out to be terrorists intent on capturing nuclear weapons aboard the sub. Only... See full summary »


Andrew Stevens


William C. Martell (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... James Carter
Frederic Forrest ... Adm. Pendleton
Reiner Schöne ... Richter (as Reiner Schone)
Jay Acovone ... Murphy
Clay Greenbush ... MacDonald
Catherine Bell ... Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Stark
Michael Cavanaugh ... Capt. Lange
Cyrus Farmer ... Wager
Time Winters ... Saprich
Lena Zhanik ... Bolanne (as Ellen DeBurdo)
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Newton
Mio R. Jakula Mio R. Jakula ... Avallone
Christopher Titus ... Dent
Brittain Marcus Brittain Marcus ... Tommy
Adam Gifford ... Robinson (as G. Adam Gifford)


The crew of the nuclear submarine USS Ulysses rescues supposed victims of a boat disaster, but the victims turn out to be terrorists intent on capturing nuclear weapons aboard the sub. Only a former SEAL, now a submarine consultant, can save the crew by sliding aboard while the sub is underwater. The term "crash dive" refers to the sudden dropping of a sub to escape detection, an act that a nuclear sub is never supposed to make. Of course, it comes into play in this film. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a scene of sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crash Dive: The Chase Is On See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the movie the words, "Oceana N.A.S., Norfolk, VA", appeared in the screen. The Navy does not keep their submarines at air stations. N.A.S. = Naval Air Station See more »


Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


I Need a Woman
Words and Music by Adam Gifford (as G. Adam Gifford) and Andrew Stevens
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Another Die Hard on a submarine. If you watch it, you get what you deserve
18 December 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

I like Michael Dudikoff. When he gets something he can work with, he's not too shabby. Sadly, that's a rarity for him. He's made countless STV films that are beneath him. This movie falls into that category in a big way. There have been plenty of action heroes who have taken a stab at doing Die Hard on a submarine. Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, among some others. None of them have worked out well. I love Die Hard. It's one of the greatest action movies of all time, but not only did it spawn 5 sequels, but many imitators. It's been done to death in different ways. I believe Michael Dudikoff did a similar movie to this one called Counter Measures (Which I have yet to see, in case you are wondering) The main problem with this movie, like most movies that take place on a Submarine, is that it's boring. There are fight scenes, but they aren't that good. The villain is laughable. Reiner Schone does a poor man's Hans Gruber. He's as dull dishwater, and brings nothing interesting to the part. At the very least, he could have hammed it up, and had some fun, but he plays it completely seriously. Believe it or not, it actually didn't start off that bad. I was enjoying Dudikoff's relationship with his son in this movie. They cut it too short for my liking. We also get a lame twist in the finale that comes out of left field. Michael Dudikoff tries hard, but he's not enough to carry this movie. There isn't much action, it's extremely talky, it's poorly acted for the most part, and the plot is highly unoriginal. Dudikoff is better than this crud


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