I began my interest in watching movies at age 17,since then I have watched many good movies (and some incredibly…
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!
David S. Ward's comedy, "Down Periscope," is a perfectly watchable and intermittently pleasing film. It is the type of comedy that does not stand out for any reason but offers an hour and a half of mostly innocuous and straightforward fun, nonetheless.
Following a team of rag-tag sailors assigned to a less-than-ship-shape submarine, "Down Periscope" is one of those shiny, plastic comedies where the underdog eventually rises to the top. In this case, that underdog is Kelsey Grammer's Tom Dodge who is given one last chance to command his own boat. The odds are heavily against him, his crew is unpolished, and his boat is a wreck.
The recognizable narrative is injected with energy by a capable cast. Grammer, Lauren…
Sort of like Police Academy at sea, but not as funny. The character actors give this the required strength to keep its appeal, and there are a few laughs to be had, even if the writing was quite average.
An okay Comedy with a cast that deserves better.
#19 in my 99 90's Movies month.
Police Academy, minus all the risque sexual humor, on a submarine. Which also means it's Police Academy minus the great last act Action Extravaganza. It's a submarine, so all the big shots are fired offscreen. I guess I would offer it some minor congratulations for making all the conflict character oriented and given Kelsey Grammar some great lines... but, for one: he's pretty much the only real character. Other than Bradford Tatum - who is 11th Billed, don't ask me how that happened - as the token rebel trying to get himself discharged but who's a secret badass (he is the only character genuinely worth rooting for) and Lauren Holly as... The Woman.…
Whilst this is a lightweight comedy/drama, I found it a very satisfying and fun watch, and even felt I learned something about crewing in a submarine. The cast was good, in particular the crew - even Rob Schneider was okay in it. Definitely worth a watch.
I've seen this film countless times and it's always great for some laughs. Toby Huss and Harland Williams definitely stand out here, but really all the cast is great. It's also interesting to see how differently the two straight man characters are played with Schnieder's character being a complete ass and Holly's character sort of just going along for the ride. I was always disappointed we never got a sequel to this movie. There was the McHale's Navy movie that came out around the same time as this movie, but it wasn't nearly as funny.
This was far better than I ever would have expected. It's still not quite recommendable, but there are more laughs here than one might think.
It is more inclined towards COMEDY, with very few elements of "serious" stuffs, but a wonderful movie nonetheless.
Given that IMDb lists this purely as a comedy, I was expecting a sort of Hot Shots style look at the navy. It really wasn't that at all. Instead it's a sort of dramatic action film with some comedic elements. I wouldn't say it's a funny film though. Also, I actually thought Rob Schneider was good in this as a sort of cranky navy dude (I forget his actual profession). Credit where credit is due!
Another movie from the nineties that just exists. This time it's a comedy that's quite low on laughs starring Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider and Bruce Dern among others.
It's not good, it's not bad, it's just... there.
Like every service comedy ever made, DOWN PERISCOPE is about a band of screwups and misfits who surprise the uptight Establishment by completing the mission nobody thought they could complete. Failing to upgrade from TV star to film leading man is Kelsey Grammer (FRASIER) as Thomas Dodge, a wiseass sailor given his first command: a rusted-out diesel submarine from the 1950s. Will Dodge and his crew of knuckleheads, including Emily Lake (Lauren Holly), the Navy’s first woman on a sub, win the war games and embarrass the jerkwad officers who hate Dodge? David S. Ward, who wrote and directed MAJOR LEAGUE, was trying to tap into that success with DOWN PERISCOPE, but the story is uninteresting (who cares about low-stakes…
Never get tired of this. Laugh a minute hijinks under the deep blue.
Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) must lead his wrecked submarine armed with two live torpedo missiles and a crew straight from the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest sailboot to win a not-so-elaborate war game against his superiors, determined to show who's boss and kick some navy ass.
A film with excellent comedy character writing. There are at least eight funny, completely different style characters in this film, each having their own comedic moment or scene and all well performed by the cast members. All together they make a little, yet very fine and enjoyable film. I have never regretted buying this film on dvd, it works for me every time.
A few decent jokes that are too far between.
Nota = 5
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