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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. Read critic reviews

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Cmdr. Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is not thought of very highly among his fellow Navy officers. So when he's offered the captain's seat on a decrepit boat that is part of a simulated challenge on the water, no one expects much from him. Set on getting his underdog crew in line in order to win the event, Dodge must face off against his nemesis, Adm. Yancy Graham (Bruce Dern) -- who will do anything to see Dodge disgraced and finally kicked out of the Navy.

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Kelsey Grammer
Lt. Cmdr. Thomas "Tom" Dodge
Lauren Holly
Lt. Emily Lake, Diving Officer
Bruce Dern
RAdm. Yancy Graham
Rob Schneider
Executive Officer Martin T. "Marty" Pascal
Rip Torn
Vice Adm. Dean Winslow
Harry Dean Stanton
CPO Howard, Chief Engineer
William H. Macy
Cmdr. Carl Knox
Ken Hudson Campbell
Seaman Buckman
Toby Huss
Seaman Nitro "Mike"
Duane Martin
Planesman 1st Class Jefferson "R.J." Jackson
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  • 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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