An American submarine commander (Casper Van Dien) questions his superiors when they order a nuclear attack.


Jon Cassar


Lucian Truscott IV (as Lucian K. Truscott IV)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Commander Miles Sheffield
Gerald McRaney ... Admiral Eugene Justice
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Lt. Commander Albert Kenner
Tammy Isbell ... Lt. Clare Holliday
Ron White ... CPO Pete LeCroix
Vince Corazza ... Lt. Commnder Eric Watkins
Paul Essiembre ... St1 Tony Martinez
Dominic Zamprogna ... AS Ryan Alford
Michael McLachlan ... Lt. Sal Lombardi
Jim Thorburn ... AS Matt Rockwell
Justin Peroff Justin Peroff ... Lt. Howard Lowenstein
Joel Gordon ... PO3C Terry Peel
Kim Poirier ... Lisa Alford
Shane Daly Shane Daly ... Lt. Commander Gary Reynolds
Brad Austin ... PO1C Ross


Commander Miles Sheffield is a rising star in the US Navy, patronized by Admiral Eugene Justice, to the silent envy of many, including his XO and Chief on his first command mission aboard a nuclear submarine, the Lansing. This maiden voyage also turns out to be the ultimate challenge: a failed Korean nuclear missile causes a disastrous explosion which knocks his means of communications out of order, so he fears to be incommunicado in a nuclear war against an unknown enemy. Now his rivals believe his inexperience and unwillingness to man battle stations amount to desertion in war time, and plan a mutiny: they have the doctor skip him for necessary iodine shots so he'll be too sick to resist when the XO seizes command- his loyal supporters must get it back fast, for even the admiral sees no alternative then have the nearby Mako hunt them down to eliminate them before they start World War III... Written by KGF Vissers

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The actual pictures in the Captain's room are of Casper Van Dien's wife Catherine Oxenberg and three of their children: India, Cappy and Gracie. See more »


AS Ryan Alford: Hey, come on, I'll be home before you know it.
Lisa Alford: You're not gonna be here for when the baby's born.
[they laugh]
AS Ryan Alford: We knew that this would happen if I volunteered for submarines, the navy will send me a message as soon as the baby is born.
Lisa Alford: Who's gonna help me in the meantime? I don't know anybody here yet.
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Couldn't finish it
22 January 2021 | by whatch-17931See all my reviews

It wasn't bad for about the first half but it got so completely ridiculous I had to bail. The inciting incident is pretty ballsy for a TV film.

But would a sub's Captain and XO really go out on the sail to see it a nuke exploded a couple miles away? And as dumb as that was, would they really develop strong radiation sickness so quickly? And the captain is given a shot of iodine because of radiation acute radiation sickness and five minutes later he is fine. That's Star Trek medicine, not reality, unless that iodine was laced with amphetamines.

Could an American navy sub really have so many scheming nutters on board? That would be rather terrifying.

There are comparisons to Crimson Tide, but to some degree, submarine movies tend to be very similar because of the nature of subs. And there was a famous Soviet sub incident in the Cuban Missile Crisis where the officers differed sharply on whether to use a nuclear torpedo.

The great thing about Crimson Tide was both sides had a fairly plausible argument. Though, granted, at least to my civilian understanding, the captain there could not relieve the XO for refusing to launch regardless of the XO's reasoning. That's the whole point of the two man rule.

But it all seemed somewhat reasonable. In this film, you have scheming nutters and officers easily swayed by nutters. And one of the nutters believes the USSR still exists. Silly silly silly. Also, the stakes here are much less than those in Crimson Tide. If indeed WWIII has broken out, they are just one boat of many others, in addition to all the other nukes in the US arsenal. They are in most practical terms pretty much irrelevant.

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29 November 2001 (Hungary) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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