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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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Capt. Paul Blanchard
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Capt. Bennett
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Mickey
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Danny Murphy
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Cmdr. David Samuelson
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Fowler
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Vickie Blanchard
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Page
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Admiral Barnes
William Jordan ...
Waters
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Harkness
Antony Ponzini ...
Caruso
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Harris
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McAllister (as Charlie Robinson)

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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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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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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 »

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The SNARK cleans sand and rock debris from around the sunken sub's escape hatch, but when the rescue vessel arrives later, the submarine is completely clean; all the debris is gone. See more »

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Cmdr. Samuelson: The Avon Lady!
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Referenced in The Abyss (1989) See more »

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Good disaster movie with spectacular special effects as well as magnificent acting from Heston and Keach
25 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Nice underwater drama film based on a real-life incident about pitting man and machine . It deals with an US Navy atomic submarine (commanded by Charlton Heston on his final voyage and as second in command Ronnie Cox) that has accidentally collided with Norway freighter and goes down into deep . The movie concerns upon an American sub , the complications originated for a nuclear scape and fight against time . But the submarine, and its crew, are ill prepared for the challenges they will face . A two-man rescue operation by means of an experimental driving craft (captained by David Carradine and Ned Beatty) try to find the victims , as many sailors will have to sacrifice themselves to save life of crew members. And a greatest ship based in San Diego California with an expert crew of ¨Submarine Rescue Unity¨ heads the sinking location.

Runtime film is overlong , the flick is slow moving and a little boring , though a bit monotonous is quite interesting. Tense and exciting at times and climatic ending , but lot of minutes are superfluous ,it has half hour of excess, however the movie is enough agreeable.

The yarn is interesting and based on real deeds as submarine U.S.S. Thresher that sank in 1963 in one of the worst catastrophes at sea. There are suspense ,thriller and action, though the scenario is mostly developed into submarines.

Charlton Heston's performance as commandant is excellent, he hands perfectly the role , Heston has gotten the best character along with David Carradine as valiant skipper . Ronny Cox's acting as the contender official is first rate. Facing off between two commanders is top-notch . And large support cast as Stephen McHattie, Dorian Harewood, Charles Cioffi, Rosemary Forsyth and look for Christopher Reeve and Michael O'Keefe .

David Greene direction is fine and cinematography is atmospheric and colorful . Jerry Fielding music is spectacular and adjusted to film.

The movie will appeal to disaster genre enthusiasts and action lovers . Rating : 6,5 , better than average .


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