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Sub Down (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | Video 19 November 1997
A team of scientists are accompanying the crew of a nuclear submarine in the arctic. When a disaster at sea sinks the nuclear sub, these scientists (and their mini submersible) become the crew's only hope for survival.


Gregg Champion (as Alan Smithee)


Silvio Muraglia (story), Daniel Sladek (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Baldwin ... Rick Postley
Gabrielle Anwar ... Laura Dyson
Tom Conti ... Harry Rheinhartdt
Chris Mulkey ... Commander Kirsch
Tony Plana ... Lt.Commander Melges
Joe Dain ... Sonar Chief Fleck
Chris Taaffe Chris Taaffe ... Lieutenant Hayes
Kevin Connolly ... Petty Officer Holliday
Eugene Williams Eugene Williams ... Lieutenant Weston
Matt Kennedy Matt Kennedy ... Navigation
Paul Abbott Paul Abbott ... Ballast
Joel Traywick Joel Traywick ... Dive
Michael Caradonna ... Miller
Doug McKeon ... Chief of the Boat
Twirlee DeLite Dollison Twirlee DeLite Dollison ... Francis


A team of scientists are accompanying the crew of a nuclear submarine in the arctic. When a disaster at sea sinks the nuclear sub, these scientists (and their mini submersible) become the crew's only hope for survival.

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Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, without a paddle. A pair of civilians are the only hope for a nuclear submarine stuck thousands of feet beneath the polar ice cap.




PG-13 | See all certifications »



Luxembourg | USA



Release Date:

19 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crush Depth See more »

Filming Locations:

Bertrange, Luxembourg See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harry Rheinhartdt: Look, look at that, look at the size of that keel, the ice, see it? Must be a hundred feet.
Rick Postley: And, it's shaped like your nose.
Harry Rheinhartdt: And it's twice as big. I'm naming it the Rheinhartdt Keel.
Laura Dyson: You're naming your nose the Rheinhartdt Keel?
Harry Rheinhartdt: No-no-no, my nose is called Gerald.
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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They Want You , They Want You ...
20 April 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

... They want you as a new recruit

And if that Village People anthem didn`t get you to sign up to join the navy what chance has SUB DOWN ? No chance really

There`s rather a lot of problems with this movie . One is having Stephen Baldwin as an action hero . Personally speaking I think Mike Baldwin from CORONATION STREET has a better than even chance of becoming an action hero , and according to folklore it`s bad luck to have a woman on a boat . Considering she`s played by Gabrielle Anwar that`s bad luck for the entire movie too not to mention the audience

But the thing that annoyed me was the script . Check this out : A trio of environmentalists get a trip on a nuclear submarine . The submarine crashes and the environmentalists have to save the day . Yeah I`m sure the US navy are so overjoyed about being asked that they`re going to allow a bunch of greenies on their ship , ( I`m sure the Pentagon have been overwhelmed by Greenpeace members asking if they can go to Iraq to do research into depleted uranuim ) though to be fair there`s a lot of environmentalists who`d like to be stuck on a sub with a lot of sex starved sailors , none of whom are female .

Oh and the script is terribly slow , it`s about a third of the way through before anything actually happens and until it does we have to put up with lots of techno-babble which will be of absolute no interest to anybody . It shows you how bad a movie is when you start wishing both a bunch of terrorists AND Steven Seagal would turn up to enliven the scenes

SUB DOWN is one of those movies that`s credited as having Alan Smithee as director ( ie the director didn`t want his real name to be listed ) but the director here can be forgiven for the most part since it`s obvious the budget - Like the script - wasn`t up to much , so the relatively unspectacular crash doesn`t deserve a tirade of criticism . The only thing the director can be blamed for ( Apart from casting Baldwin and Anwar - That goes without saying ) is a scene where a torpedo works loose and slides towards a sailor`s head , unfortunately the shot cuts away before you see his head get squashed . Oh well . I do congratulate the director for including a really funky tune in the opening credits because if it wasn`t for that I might have given SUB DOWN one out of ten but I`ll give the movie two out of ten

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