Down Periscope (1996)
Movie InfoVulgar, slapstick comedy abounds in this feature film debut for television sitcom star Kelsey Grammer. Almost everyone else thinks of Lieutenant Commander Tom Dodge is a class "A" goof who messes up every task he is assigned, but Adm. Dean Winslow thinks otherwise and decides to give Dodge one last chance by assigning him to helm an outmoded, diesel powered, rusty in a series of wargames. Dodge's sub is to be the enemy and must somehow outsmart their high tech opponents. Though ostensibly only games, Admiral Yancy Graham, who considers Dodge an embarrassment to the Navy, decides to do everything he can to scuttle Dodge and his ragtag crew's mission. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi … More
Related News & Features
DreamWorks to Bring "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" to the Big Screen
– Rotten Tomatoes
Matthew Vaughn Quits "X-Men 3"
– Rotten Tomatoes
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
Critic Reviews for Down Periscope
It's good-natured, innocuous frivolity that should raise a few smiles and generate good but not great spring box office.
he construction is so ramshackle (or the mood so PC) that the film-makers put a woman (Holly) on board, then can't find a thing to do with her.
A soggy sub sandwich layered with cheesy action, stale jokes and gung-ho baloney.
The tone of the acting, which is set by Mr. Grammer's blandly laid-back performance, is all wrong for a genre that demands over-the-top hamming.
More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat.
It's not exactly a bad movie, but it's so forgettable that it's almost exhausting.
Mediocre comedy. Like a SNL film but with Frasier instead.
A directionless and doomed diversion. Grammer's naval military mishap is a sinking ship both literally and figuratively
"Police Academy" underwater. (If only...)
It's embarrassing to see Lauren Holly wasting her time as the butt-of-all-the-obvious-jokes female aboard ship.
This maritime comedy is not worth watching without something else to do.
Audience Reviews for Down Periscope
A sugar-free 'Police Academy' style film set in a Submarine. A nice idea but unfortunately it totally forgets to be funny. In fact, it gets fairly serious towards the end and any amount of slap-stick would have got in the way as you genuinely want them to succeed in their mission and the way in which they do is actually rather intelligent. Boo, we don't want intelligent, we want stupid!! It's fairly harmless though, I actually watched it thinking it was the other film that came out around the same time, McHale's Navy. I only wanted to see that because Bruce Campbell is in it. I need to get out more.More
Down Periscope for me, at least is a harmless comedy. Down Periscope is one of those films that you either love or hate. People seem to hate it because it's "boring", "predictable" and that the jokes fall flat on their faces. I don't believe that. Sure there is definite room for improvement, but Down Periscope has many funny parts to it. Which I won't reveal, because I don't want to spoil the film for you. Kelsey Grammer plays Commander Tom Dodge who has just been assigned a commission to command a diesel powered sub. He also has been assigned with a crew of misfits. With that, Dodge is ordered to participate in a war game against the U.S Nuclear Navy. The premise of the film is simple, but it's lots of fun if you're in the right state of mind to watch this type of film. The film does provide a few good laugh out loud moments as you watch the ineptitude of the crew unfold. Though not perfect, Down Periscope is a good little comedy ton watch with friends over a few beers. Also this one of the few films where Rob Schneider is actually very funny, his performance in this film makes the film better than you might think. Kelsey Grammer gives a good comical performance as well. Down Periscope may not win any prizes, but it's a harmless fun comedy that has plenty of laughs. Give it a chance, it's better than what most people have claimed it to be. If you're in the mood for a silly comedy, the Down Periscope is the comedy for you.More
A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up. InthebaksetMore
This screwball comedy movie is practically Police Academy at sea. The humor is a little sleazy at times but the language wasn't too bad. Kelsey Grammar plays a likable role in the Navy comedy. Most of his crew are somewhat stupid characters but I did like the sonar man with the great hearing. Lauren Holy was okay as the sexy female interest but Rob Schneider was just plain annoying and tended to overact. He's either very funny or very stupid in his films. Bruce Dern, as always, was an effective "bad guy".More
Discuss Down Periscope on our Movie forum!