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Below (2002)

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Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.

Director:

David Twohy
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Davis ... Odell (as Matt Davis)
Bruce Greenwood ... Brice
Holt McCallany ... Loomis
Dexter Fletcher ... Kingsley
Nick Chinlund ... Chief
Olivia Williams ... Claire
Scott Foley ... Coors
Andrew Howard ... Hoag
Christopher Fairbank ... Pappy
Chuck Ellsworth Chuck Ellsworth ... Navy Pilot
Crispin Layfield ... Navy Lookout
Jonathan Hartman ... Schillings
Sebastian Knapp ... Sonar #1
Max Casali Max Casali ... Air Manifold
Alexis Conran Alexis Conran ... Helmsman
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Storyline

In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But, for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean and deep inside the human psyche. Written by Anonymous

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Six hundred feet beneath the surface terror runs deep


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally Frank Sinatra singing "I'll Be Seeing You" was supposed to be mysteriously playing on the record player. When the studio had difficulties obtaining the rights, the song was replaced by 'Benny Goodman''s "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)". See more »

Goofs

All wet lead acid batteries release hydrogen when charging, this explosive gas gets trapped in the batteries and doesn't fully vent after charging, and can create an explosive localized atmosphere under many situations. The hydrogen is from the electrolytic action of the acid and the lead plates, having electricity run through them reforming the plates and releasing excess hydrogen from the H2SO4 (sulfuric acid) that develops as a result of the battery discharging. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brice: [hands coordinates to Loomis]
Lt. Loomis: This is almost a day behind us, sir.
Lt. Loomis: Well who are they? Americans, Brits, Italians? It doesn't even say.
Brice: Well I think we can assume they're friendly, Mr. Loomis. Besides, it doesn't appear to be a suggestion, does it.
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Crazy Credits

The only thing in the opening credits is the movie's title. Everything else is only shown after the movie is over. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Noah Movie Deception (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Benny Goodman
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Subtle, understated, and effective
25 October 2002 | by coyote13See all my reviews

Periodically I go through fits where I'm convinced that the American public is losing the capacity for thought in entertainment; that 99% of the movie-going public has reached the point where every smallest nuance must be telegraphed as loudly and as blatantly as possible, and any intelligent content must be simplified so it's comprehensible to the lowest common denominator.

Below is not like that.

This is a movie that simultaneously gives one hope (that something this stylish and subtle could be made in 2002), and despair (that the studio has shown so little faith in it that they've cast it adrift without any advertising or backing). Why this hasn't received even one quarter of the attention of Ghost Ship I can't fathom--if you have a choice, go see Below instead.

If you like beautifully photographed, well-thought-out eerie psychological horror films that don't tie everything up in a nice pretty package of explanations in the final shots, and are willing to give the relatively unknown but excellent cast a shot, then by all means hunt this one down.

9 out of 10


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proteus See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Michigan, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,431, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$605,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,622,015
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1.85 : 1
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