Down Periscope (2004) Movie Summary
Kelsey Grammer stars as Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge, a free-thinking yet undeniably capable officer whose first command in the U.S. nuclear submarine corpse turns out to be a World War II-era diesel-powered rust bucket that hasn't seen active duty since Benny Goodman topped the song charts. Concerned about the threat of quiet diesel-powered submarines now being sold off to unreliable Third World countries by a cash-strapped Soviet Union, the Navy develops a war game to determine if Dodge's leaky Stingray can somehow tiptoe past the nuclear defenses along the American East Coast. Dodge is given a grab bag of greenhorns, malcontents and just plain idiots to pilot the old sub. Now Tom Dodge must not only contend with an ancient vessel, he must make sailors out of a motley crew.
Down Periscope Film Synopsis
Maverick Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge will never be a textbook officer, but he's a brilliant seaman who's always wanted to command a nuclear submarine — he's been given one last chance to clean up his record. Unfortunately, Admiral Graham, his nemesis, would rather sink the fleet than give Dodge his own boat. So, Graham stacks the deck against him and assigns Dodge to the Stingray, a diesel-powered WW2 submarine that can barely keep afloat. To make matters worse, Dodge's crew is a collection of maladjusted, mistake-prone misfits. Then, he's tagged the "enemy" in a crucial war game, and ordered to take on the U.S. Navy's best.
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Great movieThis is one of my favorite movies of all time... Lots of laughs and a very good story line!!!! Too bad itunes does not have it for sell !!!!! Come on itunes if ya have the movie , make it for sale and not just for rent...Score: 5/5
Corpse?Read your description of this movie, Apple. “Nuclear submarine corpse”? Yes, we know the movie died a horrible death, but this is a little over the top, don’t you think? 😳.Score: 3/5
Laughs? YES, YES, YES!This movie is a laugh riot! Always a good pick if you need something to laugh at or with. Kelsey G. is superb and the supporting cast is spot on. No -- it's not High Comedy, or Sophisticated Slapstick -- but if you just want a funny movie with some decent wit and great ensemble acting, "Kick this Pig!".Score: 4/5
Thumbs up movie, thumbs down itunesI found this movie under "4.99 comedies" and yet it costs 9.99? What's the deal, itunes? Great movie, FALSE ADVERTISING. I'm thinking about bailing on itunes movies..Score: 4/5
Great Escapist ComedyDown Periscope, unlike the ocean it’s set it, isn’t deep. There’s no complex subtext or allegory to the story or humor. It is what it is, a fun and funny movie. And that’s just fine. The plot is believable, the humor genuine, the slapstick not over played, the characters likeable and the cast genuinely seemed to have a good time making this film; their energy and enthusiasm shows in there performances. My only knock is that it’s completely formulaic. You know the crew are going to triumph in the end and the story doesn’t try very hard to make you think otherwise. But this is only a minor knock because, again, this isn’t a movie with a layered agenda. It’s just escapist, make you laugh fun. Is it kid friendly? While the humor skirts the line of crude at times, it doesn’t go overboard. And the crassness is only a small part of the overall comedic tone. Very little foul language, all rather PG in nature. Safe for 11-12 and up. You might want to screen it for younger folks..Score: 4/5
Oh Yes!I don't care what the critics say about this movie, I LOVE it. This movie always makes me laugh. If you haven't seen it, it's not a waste of money. You'll definitely enjoy it!.Score: 5/5
LaddieWho ever said this movie was not good. I think they are wrong . This movie is not just fun but learning about life ! H A.Score: 5/5
FantasticDown Periscope has to be one of my all time favorite movies. It's got great humor and will keep you laughing through out the entire film. I give it two thumbs up! It's a great movie to rent or own..Score: 5/5
ICloudGreat movie but I wish u could redownload from iCloud, u have to contact apple and have them add it to your download list, not difficult but still an inconvenience.... Dam movie studios, o well great movie!.Score: 5/5
A great military comedyDown Periscope is the only film im aware of that has comedy set up for the Navy. Kelsey Grammer (of Frasier fame) plays as an idiotic commander of an old WWII sub for War Games. Rob Schneider joins in a great supporting cast; and as far as military comedies go this is one of the tops. There's only 4 films that i consider tops (M*A*S*H*, Good Morning Vietnam, Down Periscope and Rennaisance Man) this is a film that requires the viewer to pay attention for the first time, but after that you seem to just know. So mateys are ye ready for a laugh at the Navy? then get to it!.Score: 5/5
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