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Gray Lady Down (1978)

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

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David Greene

Writers:

David Lavallee (novel), James Whittaker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Paul Blanchard
David Carradine ... Capt. Gates
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Bennett
Ned Beatty ... Mickey
Stephen McHattie ... Danny Murphy
Ronny Cox ... Cmdr. David Samuelson
Dorian Harewood ... Fowler
Rosemary Forsyth ... Vickie Blanchard
Hilly Hicks ... Page
Charles Cioffi ... Admiral Barnes
William Jordan William Jordan ... Waters
Jack Rader ... Harkness
Antony Ponzini ... Caruso
Michael O'Keefe ... Harris
Charles Robinson ... McAllister (as Charlie Robinson)
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Storyline

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Trapped underwater... with time running out.


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. - Submarino Nuclear See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,438,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,438,927
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel "Event 1000" by David Lavalee. When the U.S. Navy practices submarine rescues it is designated as "Exercise 1000". If a real-life rescue is required it is designated as "Event 1000". See more »

Goofs

The concept of using a shaped charge underwater is somewhat of a fallacy. In normal circumstances the nature of the surrounding air would allow for a great deal of compression which allows the charge to work. Even so, the explosion still has some degree of impact in all directions. Water, however, does not compress, which greatly reduces the directionality. The impact would still be enough to rupture the hull. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Gates: [referring to those aboard the downed submarine] I hope they understood it.
Mickey: If I did - they did!
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Connections

Referenced in Archer: Drastic Voyage: Part 1 (2015) See more »

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Don't listen to anti-military wannabe Gene Siskels
15 October 2006 | by dscoutSee all my reviews

This is a great movie for military enthusiasts and disaster buffs both. If you're looking for that, this is a classic.

Don't pay attention to reviews about military-based films by anyone who derides the movie as a "waterlogged Naval documentary," which contains two errors in one statement. First, there is no need to capitalize "naval," and second, what kind of snobby theater twit attacks a movie for being too "Naval" when the subject is about...a U.S. NAVY SUBMARINE? Next he'll attack Ghostbusters for being a shill for paranormal investigators.

Stupid reviewers aside, this is a good movie.


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