Down Periscope

1996

Down Periscope

Critics Consensus

Down Periscope takes audiences on an aimless voyage for aquatic hijinks, proving there really aren't any effective sub-stitutes for a well-written script.

12%

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Total Count: 34

62%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 40,126
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Movie Info

Vulgar, 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

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Cast

Kelsey Grammer
as Thomas Dodge
Bruce Dern
as Admiral Graham
Rob Schneider
as Marty Pascal
Toby Huss
as Nitro
Rip Torn
as Admiral Winslow
William H. Macy
as Captain Knox
Duane Martin
as Jackson
James Martin Jr.
as Orlando Radioman
Jordan Marder
as Orlando Ensign
Matt Landers
as Orlando XO
Joseph Latimore
as Orlando Sonarman
Patton Oswalt
as Stingray Radioman
Soto Joe Hugh
as Helmsman
John Shepherd
as Young Sailor
Pierrino Mascarino
as Trawler Captain
Dennis Fimple
as Fisherman
Ancel Cook
as Fisherman
James Harper
as Supportive Admiral
Rudy Hornish
as Admiral No. 2
Michael William Connors
as Orlando Young Sailor
Tommy Terrell
as Admiral No. 3
Elliot Easton
as Secretary
Michael Connors
as Orlando Young Sailor
Paul Tranghese
as Sailor No. 2
Mitch Danton
as Conn Tower Officer
Jackson Sleet
as Torpedo Man
Annie Talbot
as Singing Waitress
Eugene Daniel
as Singing Sailor
Bob Dini
as Singing Sailor
Andrew English
as Singing Sailor
Steve Giralo
as Singing Sailor
Robert Grochau
as Singing Sailor
Jamie James
as Singing Sailor
Joseph Keawkalaya
as Singing Sailor
Todd Odom
as Singing Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Down Periscope

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

  • It's good-natured, innocuous frivolity that should raise a few smiles and generate good but not great spring box office.

    Nov 21, 2008

    Leonard Klady

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • There are occasional laughs, but, as with most movies that think they're funnier than they actually are, most of the jokes fall flat.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A soggy sub sandwich layered with cheesy action, stale jokes and gung-ho baloney.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Down Periscope

  • Feb 01, 2015
    Set sail for hilarity with the goofball comedy Down Periscope. When the Navy schedules a series of war games to see if a rogue vessel could breach their defenses, Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned an antiquated diesel sub and given a ragtag crew of misfits to attempt the impossible. Starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Bruce Dern, and Rip Torn, the film has a good cast that's well suited for this style of slapstick humor. Still, the comedy gets a little too cartoonish at times and goes overboard with the silly antics of this pirate-esque group of sailors. But overall, most of the jokes work and deliver a boat load of laughs. While it can be juvenile and formulaic, Down Periscope is also entertaining and a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    A tasty comedy, a satire striking at the american navy and not only. It's hard to take it seriously, each scene having dumbass funny lines, and a constant ridicule all around. But it's fun, i laughed quite a few times, it reminds me of Space Balls (which was a lot better), but decent enough for a comedy/spoof film. Enjoy! Peace!
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2011
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    This is one of my favorite comedy movie of all time. Tom Dodge (Grammer) is assigned to be the Captain of an old diesel driven submarine with a hopeless and very weird crew. He has to prove that he can handle a missop in this situation even though it seems hopeless, but the weirdness of the whole crew actually comes to an advantage. This movie is so entertaining and I laughed so much throoughout the whole movie. If you like goofy comedy this movie would definetely be one to watch.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer

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