Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of ... See full summary »
Sgt. Bilko is a well-liked conman in charge of the army base's motor pool, developing a hover tank and unofficially of gambling etc. One man hates Bilko and he's coming to inspect the base for possible closure.
Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days. With a crew that consists only of weird guys (and a gal), he's headed against the atomic powered USS Orlando, with the mission to destroy a dummy battleship.Written by
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The bridge set on the USS Orlando is the same one used by the Russian sub Red October in the film "The Hunt for Red October". Red October was a Paramount production done in 1990 and Down Periscope was done by 20th Century Fox in 1996. It is quite possible the production company may have rented the set, which would probably have been cheaper then building one from scratch. See more »
(at around 1h 26 mins) At the end of the movie, Jackson is seen in formation with hair growth on his chin. Since it was shaved throughout the movie, he obviously did not have a "no shave" chit (as offered by the Navy for some medical reasons). Therefore, this growth would have been unauthorized. See more »
I'm glad they finally released it on DVD. I bought the video tape years ago and watch it at least once or twice a year.
Grammer has a wry wit about him that really makes this movie a success. Its formula is certainly not original, but it's very funny nonetheless. I am very surprised that it didn't receive higher in the ratings.
It ranks as one of my all-time favorite comedies. It's just a fun little flick that makes you feel good. And sometimes, that's all a movie is meant to be.
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