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Gray Lady Down (1978)




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Charlton Heston stars in this riveting drama involving a nuclear submarine and her crew trapped 1,450 feet underwater. When the nuclear sub U.S.S. Neptune collides with a Norwegian freighter, it sinks helplessly onto an unstable ledge above a deep ocean canyon. The one hope for Captain Paul Blanchard (Heston) and his crew lies with an experimental submersible piloted by Stacy Keach and Ned Beatty. Now the race against time is on to rescue the trapped sailors as oxygen runs out and the vessel teeters close to destruction in this gripping thriller co-starring David Carradine.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Charlton Heston
as Capt. Paul Blanchard
David Carradine
as Capt. Gates
Stacy Keach
as Capt. Bennett
Ned Beatty
as Mickey
Ronny Cox
as Cmdr. Samuelson
Charles Cioffi
as Adm. Barnes
Jack Rader
as Harkness
Charlie Robinson
as McAllister
David Wilson
as Hanson
Robert Symonds
as Secretary of the Navy
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Its trailer might suggest it to be a cheap 70's disaster movie, but it's actually pretty good. Also stars the underrated Charlton Heston.

Knox Morris
Knox Morris

65% The captain may be an understanding guy, as for me, not so much. A rather slow disaster flick, even with the top notch line up of actors. What's long and hard and full of seamen?

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Suffers from 70's movie-making sensibilities that seem laughable compared to modern submarine movies. The ship interiors is massive and not at all dark & claustrophobic. The sailors seem insanely optimistic and at ease with their terrifying predicament and a lack of strong performances makes the inevitable ending all the less satisfying. I recall watching it several times on TV over the years and that affection makes it a nostalgia piece for me and i forgive many of it's failings.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

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