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For some reason there was nothing really that interesting about this film it just felt like yeah seen that for most of the time
good WWII pic post WWii
James Garner is a WWII frogman sent by submarine to to secretly infiltrate a Japanese island base and photograph their secret codebook. Though the title would make you think this is a submarine picture, and much of the film takes place on a submarine, it's really more of a WWII espionage story, with the submarine crew drama just as easily could have been taking place on a navy battleship. Not al that exciting or suspenseful, but I do like James Garner and the film does feature the film debut of the great Warren Oats, so I suppose it was worth watching.
Up Periscope is a hidden gem and a great film. It is about a Navy commando who is sent on a secret mission to photograph a Japaneses code book. James Garner and Edmond O'Brien give solid performances. The screenplay is well written. Gordon Douglas did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Up Periscope is a must see.
A great WWII Submarine War film, showing lots of real footage. Lots of old school actors in this one. James Gardner is on a secret mission on a submarine where he's smuggled into an area of a Japanese island to find a transmitter and a secret code. The subs crew just came from a mission where a jr sailor was killed, moral is low. Great picture quality, a top war movie 4 1/2 stars.
Seeing "the Skipper" as anyone else is just weird.
It's pretty hard to make a bad submarine movie, but this one accomplishes that difficult feat by having no pace,tension, strong character conflicts or strong mission.
James Garner heads a cast that includes Edmond O'Brien, Richard Bakalyan, Warren Oates and Frank Gifford. But the guy who really shines in this is Skipper Alan Hale. He has every bit as much charm as his dad did as a supporting character. It made me wish he'd guest starred on "Rockford Files" sometime.
Perhaps the worst part of this film is Braden's mission to the island which seems to take place mostly in broad daylight. That of course is easier to shoot than at night and its easier to see Garner. Exactly the problem. As for O'Brien's trying to win back the respect of his crew, I couldn't have cared less. Oh, and ask yourself this: if Braden went underwater to repair damage after the first airplane attack, shouldn't he at least have CHECKED if there was any further damage after the second attack, when he was trying to get out of the water?
Not your usual submarine movie. Yes, it had a secret mission, conflicted captain, dashing leading man, some comic relief, etc., but it lacked the spark found in classics such as "Run Silent, Run Deep" or "Destination Tokyo."
Here, we have James Garner as a commando who must infiltrate a Japanese camp, photograph a secret code book, and swim back to his boat in a short period of time. The writing just seemed to have some holes in it, actions taken without explanation, etc. Further, much of the acting was by-the-numbers. A lack of chemistry among the cast meant a lack of tension in what should have been a white-knuckle experience.
Good Pacific War mission movie, although not entirely believable, still an entertaining outing for a young James Garner but one that never stands out.
By the numbers World War II movie which, although it features every submarine cliche in the book, fails to include anything in the way of tension or suspense, or for that matter make you care about any of the characters.