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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

Film debut of comedian Patton Oswalt. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when the crew come out from the submarine in their dress uniforms, Lieutenant Lake is wearing white platform Mary Janes, but Naval dress shoes are white pumps. See more »

Quotes

Stepanek: Sit on it and rotate, sir.
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: [shouts] What? What did you say, sailor? You can't say that!
[Turns to Dodge, still shouting]
Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal: He can't say that!
Lt. Comd. Dodge: Pascal, down. Down. Heel.
Stepanek: By the Uniform Code of Military Justice that constitutes gross insubordination, punishable by one month in a brig. I'm ready to go, sir.
Lt. Comd. Dodge: Board the boat. I like a challenge.
Stepanek: You'll throw me off within a week. I'm a dedicated pain in the butt, sir.
Lt. Comd. Dodge: Stepanek.
Stepanek: What?
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Better Than You'd Think
13 July 2001 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

This is one of those movies the critics really missed the mark on. This movie is practically McHale's Navy for the 90s or Police Academy at sea. Grammer proves he can play roles other than Frasier as he outwits and outfoxes the Navy in order to get his own sub. Rob Schneider is as wormy as usual, the same in every role he plays, and Lauren Holly is the local sexpot albeit with a brain. Ken Hudson Campbell is as funny as usual with almost every line a catch phrase. The movie has a wonderful intelligent plot and a non-predictable script that still surprises me every time I watch it. Many of the Navy phrases and terms go over my head, though, but it's a small obstacle for the sheer accuracy and realism of the movie and its characters.


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