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Going Under (1991)

PG | | Comedy | 23 August 1991 (USA)
International disaster looms as the USS Sub Standard has to race to get a nuclear weapon ahead of the Russian forces.


Mark W. Travis


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Biff Banner
Wendy Schaal ... Jan Michaels
Chris Demetral ... Apple
Ty Granderson Jones ... Quizby (as Tyrone Granderson Jones)
Dennis Redfield ... Turbo
Lou Richards ... Skiff
Ernie Sabella ... The Mole
Elmarie Wendel ... Sonar
Ned Beatty ... Admiral Malice
Robert Vaughn ... Wedgewood
Roddy McDowall ... Secretary Neighbor
Richard Masur ... Defense Contractor
John Moschitta Jr. ... Defense Contractor (as John Moschitta)
Joe Namath ... Captain Joe Namath
Rif Hutton ... Dr. Friendly


International disaster looms as the USS Sub Standard has to race to get a nuclear weapon ahead of the Russian forces.

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When is a sub not a sandwich? When th meatballs are in control.




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Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Secretary to Wedgewood: Here's where our nations's leaders take mommy and daddy's tax dollars and turn them into machines of global destruction.
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Spoofs The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


Music by Louis Gasté
Lyrics by Morris Albert
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Going to say this is semi-lame but silly fun! The cast makes it better than it is
20 April 2016 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Biff Banner (Bill Pullman) was a captain of a submarine who couldn't stand the confined space. He has been in therapy ever since he went nuts and ran his sub onto a California beach. But, there are those who have plans for him. A nefarious Presidential adviser (Robert Vaughn) wants to start a war with Russia and the Navy Admiral Malice (Ned Beatty) is his go-to guy. The Secretary of Defense (Roddy McDowall) is a clueless tool who can be hoodwinked. A Sub Standard Sub is created which will be destroyed just as it makes an attempt to attack a Russian sub. Naturally, these two want Biff to be the captain since they believe he is dispensable. Therefore, they take him out of a therapy session and march him onto the Sub Standard. Joining him there is a pretty lieutenant Jan (Wendy Schaal), who hates Biff's guts, a kid sub expert, various inept crewmen and the Mole (Ernie Sabella), who is there to make sure everything goes wrong. Oh, was it mentioned that this is also a stealth sub which can transform itself into the persona of a whale on command? Off it goes, not knowing its true mission. Sure enough, the Russians get wind that it is coming and are prepared to defend their territory with their own master sub, the Pink Torpedo. Between Japanese fishermen who want to capture the sub when it switches to "whale mode", icebergs in the water, and Biff, who locks himself into the imaging room when the going gets rough, what will be the finale of this expedition? This is a very silly, rather lame spoof movie. It tries to be Airplane under water and it is not even close. Yet, its not unwatchable and there are some inspired scenes. In addition, the cast is terrific. Beatty is always a pleasure, while Vaughn, Pullman, Schaal, McDowall, Sabella, Joe Namath, and Michael Winslow go for broke and keep the flick churning along. All the other actors, whose names are not familiar, are fun as well. The sets and costumes are nice while the mixed-bag script and fairly weak direction are deterrents. In short, if you like spoofs and don't care if they are inanely silly, this movie will probably entertain you some Saturday night in the future.

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