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Director: David S. Ward     Starring: Kelsey Grammer
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40236421
UPC: 024543101055
UPC 14: 00024543101055
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A bad-luck navy officer is given one last chance to make good when he's given command of an out-of-date diesel submarine and the biggest crew of nautical misfits ever to sail the seven seas.

"...screwball comedy...funny stuff.
"...Grammer exhibits a big screen presence.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews

Editor's Note
Kelsey Grammar plays a wayward Navy officer, Tom Dodge, who is notorious throughout the Navy for having responded to a close call involving a Russian submarine by getting drunk and tattooing "welcome aboard" on an unmentionable appendage. He gets assigned by Admiral Winslow (Rip Torn) to command his own submarine; unfortunately, this sub is a rusting 1958 diesel model that the Navy wants to engage in war games to find out if it could inflict any damage. The assumption is, this sub is comparable to those the Russians are selling to renegade Iraqi and Libyan commanders, who might use them on suicide missions against the US.

Once on board, we meet the cast of quirky characters who will man this clunker, including a hyper, mutinous Rob Schneider as second in command, Harland Williams as the copulating whale-impersonating radar operater Sonar, and Lauren Holly as the token female officer. The slapstick ensues as this group of underdogs attempt to pull off the impossible, the completion of which will determine Dodge's future career.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/12/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2220105
Video UPC UPC: 00024543101055
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bruce Dern
Video Cast Info Kelsey Grammer
Video Cast Info Lauren Holly
Video Cast Info Rob Schneider
Video Cast Info William H. Macy
Video Cast Info Armen Minasian - Editor
Video Cast Info David S. Ward - Director
Video Cast Info Hugh Wilson - Writer
Video Cast Info Jack Cummins - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Randy Edelman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Robert Lawrence - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Hammer - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
Inept Navy Lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But thanks to his nemesis, Admiral Graham, he is assigned the leadership of The Stingray, a rusty, beat-up, creaky submarine, that will play the role of the enemy in a series of practice war games. Dodge's unenviable task is made worse when he meets his crew, an eccentric, incompetent bunch that includes a flatulent cook and an accident-prone electrician. Also, as an experiment in sexual integration, a woman has come onboard to join these misfits.| Dodge must find a way to shape up this motley crew, if he's ever going to prove his worth to Graham, the Navy -- and himself.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Easy to enjoy..." 08/01/1996 p.49-50

"...Fun....It's good-natured, innocuous frivolity that should raise a few smiles..." 03/04/1996

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Grammar is laid back and likable..." 03/01/1996 p.33

San Francisco Chronicle 7 of 10
Down Periscope, now out on video, makes a surprisingly successful launch, with plenty of brisk one-liners and a promising set-up. But after that auspicious opening, it sinks. - Edward Guthmann

Movie Eye 6 of 10
A directionless and doomed diversion. Grammer's naval military mishap is a sinking ship both literally and figuratively. - Frank Ochieng

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Grammer,Kelsey
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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