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Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days…

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.5/10 (10,235 voted)

David S. Ward

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days. With a crew that consists only of weird guys (and a gal), he's headed against the atomic powered USS Orlando, with the mission to destroy a dummy battleship.

Writers: Hugh Wilson, Hugh Wilson


Kelsey Grammer

Lt. Cmdr. Thomas 'Tom' Dodge

Lauren Holly

Lt. Emily Lake, Diving Officer

Rob Schneider

Executive Officer Martin T. 'Marty' Pascal

Harry Dean Stanton

CPO Howard, Chief Engineer

Bruce Dern

RAdm. Yancy Graham

William H. Macy

Cmdr. Carl Knox (Orlando)

Ken Hudson Campbell

Seaman Buckman

Toby Huss

Seaman Nitro 'Mike'

Duane Martin

Planesman 1st Class Jefferson 'R.J.' Jackson

Jonathan Penner

Seaman Stanley 'Spots' Sylvesterson

Bradford Tatum

Engineman 1st Class Brad Stepanak (Winslow)

Harland Williams

Seaman 2nd Class E.T. 'Sonar' Lovacelli

Rip Torn

Vice Adm. Dean Winslow

James Martin Jr.

Orlando Radioman

Jordan Marder

Orlando Ensign

A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.

Release Date: 1 March 1996

Filming Locations: Alameda Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, USA

Gross: $37,553,752

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


In the scene towards the end where Lt. Lake enters LC Dodge's cabin and kisses him, Lauren Holly hits her elbow backing out the doorway. This was unintentional and Kelsey Grammer's reaction almost ruined the take. As a noticeable bruise developed during later takes and they (Grammer and Holly) couldn't stop laughing, this was the take used.


Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When Capt. Dodge says "That's the Army song" his mouth stays closed.


Lt. Comd. Dodge:
Oh gee. Now I've gone and done it, ruined my career.

Captain Carl Knox:
[Reading a radio message]
Apparently not. This is just in from COMSUBLANT. You're to report to Norfolk immediately… to take command of your own submarine.

Lt. Comd. Dodge:
That's not funny.

Captain Carl Knox:
No, it's not. That's why they decoded it twice.

User Review

Great Movie

Rating: 10/10

I've enjoyed this movie ever since I first saw it in the theatre. Some
movies have a cast of characters and a script that come together in
perfect synergy, and this is one of them. The characters illustrate
some truths about getting the best out of people, working together
harmoniously, building a team and achieving goals, without ever
preaching morality. The situations are crafted well and are consistent
with the movie's opening premise. The tension builds nicely and the
humor is clean and consistent throughout. The movie manages to pull me
right in to root for the characters, and to laugh pretty well all the
way through. This is a feel good movie as good as they come.

What amazes me is that a movie which appears so simple can be so long
term entertaining. The music is a perfect copy of music in the typical
serious post war navy movies, which helps to create the humor and point
out that greatness is in the eye of the beholder. The scenes in the
credits are a great music video of "In the Navy", which deserve their
own full screen special feature. The scenes and cuts are crafted well,
and the casting and acting is right on.

This movie is a classic as great as any ever made, without any
pretensions. In fact, the lack of pretension is what makes it so much
fun to watch. I love these guys and gal.

The other day I thought of the film, and wondered whether it was
available on DVD. Good fortune has come to us, and the DVD came out in
May 2004. I headed to the store, and snapped up a copy. Then my wife
and I enjoyed another hilarious night in front of the big screen. I've
rated this movie as a 10 because it comes together on all levels, far
better than many high budget films and Oscar winners. This is

Listen up Fox home video: you have a great movie in your vaults, and
it's a shame to find a cheap shot DVD with badly degraded off tint
colors only 8 years since release. So why not restore the colors and
present the film as it was meant to be seen? I'd gladly pay a few bucks
more to get the picture right. I'm grateful to have my own copy. Now
give us the eye candy that the film deserves, and how about recreating
the credit sequence as a full screen music video special feature.