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Down Periscope (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 March 1996 (USA)
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days.

Director:

David S. Ward

Writers:

Hugh Wilson (screenplay), Andrew Kurtzman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Tom Dodge
Lauren Holly ... Emily
Rob Schneider ... Marty Pascal
Harry Dean Stanton ... Howard
Bruce Dern ... Admiral Graham
William H. Macy ... Captain Knox
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Buckman
Toby Huss ... Nitro
Duane Martin ... Jackson
Jonathan Penner ... Spots
Bradford Tatum ... Stepanak
Harland Williams ... Sonar
Rip Torn ... Admiral Winslow
James Martin Jr. James Martin Jr. ... Orlando Radioman
Jordan Marder ... Orlando Ensign
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Storyline

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days. With a crew that consists only of weird guys (and a gal), he's headed against the atomic powered USS Orlando, with the mission to destroy a dummy battleship. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Down Periscope See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,231,087, 3 March 1996

Gross USA:

$25,785,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,553,752
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 14 mins) Dodge objects to Lt. Lake's assignment to the Stingray, citing the U.S. Navy's rule against women on board submarines. The film was released in 1996, one year after Norway became the first naval power to promote a female officer to command of a submarine. See more »

Goofs

During the chase at the end of the movie, people and flags in the deck of the Orlando disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Comd. Dodge: Somebody find Buckman, launch him out a torpedo tube.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits begins to roll, The Village People and several cast members start singing "In The Navy." See more »

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In the Navy
Written by Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People
Courtesy of Scorpio Music
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Formulaic Comedy Still Has Its Moments
31 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Sometimes juvenile, sometimes stupid and sometimes very predictable.....but yet this was a fun movie that is charming at times, too. It wasn't good enough to be a "keeper," but I did enjoy watching this.

The humor is a little sleazy at times but the language wasn't too bad. Kelsey Grammar plays a likable role in the Navy comedy. Most of his crew are somewhat stupid characters but I did like the sonar man with the great hearing. Lauren Holy was okay as the female interest but Rob Schneider was just plain annoying and tended to overact. He's either very funny or very stupid in his films. Bruce Dern, as always, was an effective "bad guy."

The story is a favorite of the film industry: a bunch of rag-tag misfits and rebels somehow outwit and outmaneuver the larger Establishment experts with their high-tech machinery. No matter how improbable or ridiculous, Hollywood will not stop that formula Nonetheless, it's decent lightweight entertainment with a nice, sentimental ending.

Odd, though: what I remember most is the guys stuffing cotton swabs up their nose! If you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about.


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