A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.
Bumbling Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But Admiral Graham, his nemesis, assigns Dodge to the Stingray, a submarine that can barely keep afloat. To add insult to injury, the Stingray is to be the enemy flagship in the upcoming war games … and to make matters even worse, Dodge's crew is a band of idiots even more incompetent that he is!
Not as absurd/stupid as I expected
Down Periscope for me, at least is a harmless comedy. Down Periscope is one of those films that you either love or hate. People seem to hate it because it's "boring", "predictable" and that the jokes fall flat on their faces. I don't believe that. Sure there is definite room for improvement, but Down Periscope has many funny parts to it. Which I won't reveal, because I don't want to spoil the film for you. Kelsey Grammer plays Commander Tom Dodge who has just been assigned a commission to command a diesel powered sub. He also has been assigned with a crew of misfits. With that, Dodge is ordered to participate in a war game against the U.S Nuclear Navy.…
Typical slobs vs. snobs movie riddled with cliches and about twenty years past its due. But the cast is amazing. The legendary Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Harry Dean Stanton and the nearly legendary Kelsey Grammer and William H. Macy are all in this mediocre movie. And the very lovely Lauren Holly. Because of the cast and a few laughs it was bumped up a star.
At least a couple of people recommended this movie to me. Damn them!
Yes, I was a big fan of Kelsey Grammer as Doctor Crane in TV's Cheers, and later in Frasier. His delivery is perfect for well-written dialogue. But with crappy writers, who obviously "worked" on Down Periscope, Grammer sucked just as badly as everyone else in the cast. Well, Rob Schneider did make me laugh when he referred to the crew of misfits as a bunch of "retards and assholes". But that was it. Not a single other laugh, grin, or smile. Both visual and verbal attempts at jokes fell flat as pancakes.
The highlight, I suppose, was Holly Hunter in a very small, tight Navy uniform. Yeah....
Torpedo this dud.
Been on a 90's kick recently, this one came up on my Kindle, thought I'd give it another watch. This is in no way a good movie, but it makes me laugh. And really, that's all it should do. Mary Swanson is a smokin' hottie in this one with her blonde hair.
Comedy like you read about. It's not to be appreciated by all film lovers, but it is so admirable in its total dedication to studio comedy. As the decades roll on, it will remain a shining example of late twentieth century broad comedy. These things, of course, do not make a great movie, but it does make this more than adequate comedy worth keeping around.
This was one of those movies that every time I ran across it on cable, I stopped to watch the rest, no matter where I came in at. Not the greatest ever, but so rewatchable.
Some goofy fun that, I'm sure, bears no resemblance whatsoever to the actual Navy.
Police Academy in a submarine. I get the impression the script for this film was written on a used napkin. There are some pretty funny moments but too few to make this worth recommending.