Gray Lady Down

Gray Lady Down

Director: David Greene, Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach

Cast: David Greene, Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach

     
 

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When a nuclear submarine sinks to the depths of the ocean following a collision with a Norwegian freighter, the only hope of rescuing the vessel and its endangered crew lies in an experimental submersible and the pair of brave pilots who take the reigns in this nerve-wrecking release from Universal Home Entertainment. In addition to experiencing the haunting depths of

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When a nuclear submarine sinks to the depths of the ocean following a collision with a Norwegian freighter, the only hope of rescuing the vessel and its endangered crew lies in an experimental submersible and the pair of brave pilots who take the reigns in this nerve-wrecking release from Universal Home Entertainment. In addition to experiencing the haunting depths of the ocean with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image, viewers can access audio in a selection of either English or Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo with optional Spanish and French subtitles. No extra features are offered on this bare-bones DVD release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Having read the original novel that David Greene's Gray Lady Down was based on, and having actually seen the movie itself in a theater (mostly because Close Encounters was sold out on two other of the multi-plex's screens), this reviewer can safely say that he invested a lot of time and energy in being prepared to like this movie. And the disappointment engendered is all the greater, ss a result. If a by-the-numbers undersea disaster
escue drama is your cup of tea, one need look no further than Gray Lady Down, which took David Lavalle's original story -- a taut and finely etched piece of fiction -- and flattened out its most interesting points, and stretched and pulled its plot all out of shape to accomodate the needs of the three lead actors. Charlton Heston evidently found little real challenge in his role of the captain of the stricken sub, and never stops being, well, Charlton Heston. Stacy Keach gives a one-and-a-quarter note performance (in a role written that way) as the hardnosed leader of the rescue operation. And that leaves David Carradine, supported by Ned Beatty, as the iconoclast navy researcher and his assistant, to bring anything like real characterizations to this picture, which they succeed at; but they don't have quite enough of the movie to carry it all. The rest, as is typical of pictures like this, offer actors caught up in grisly ways to die, which is half the "fun" of pictures like this. Ronnie Cox has two good scenes, and one can spot Christopher Reeve, Dorian Harewood, and other soon-to-be more familiar faces in the cast. But otherwise, apart from Carradine and Beatty's scenes, one will find much more interesting viewing in the Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea episode Submarine Sunk Here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0025192093623
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
1,210

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Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Capt. Paul Blanchard
David Carradine Capt. Gates
Stacy Keach Capt. Bennett
Ned Beatty Mickey
Stephen McHattie Murphy
Ronny Cox Cmdr. Samuelson
Rosemary Forsyth Vickie
Hilly Hicks Page
Charles Cioffi Adm. Barnes
Dorian Harewood Fowler
William Jordan Waters
Jack Rader Harkness
Antony Ponzini Caruso
Michael O'Keefe Harris
Charlie Robinson McAllister
Christopher Reeve Phillips
Melendy Britt Liz
David Wilson Hanson
Robert Symonds Secretary of the Navy
Ted Gehring Actor
Charles Cyphers Actor
William Bryant Actor
Jeffry Druce Actor
James Davidson Actor
David Clennon Actor

Technical Credits
David Greene Director
Mack Bing Asst. Director
Kevin F. Cleary Sound/Sound Designer
Curtis Dickson Special Effects
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Frank P. Rosenberg Screenwriter
Howard O. Sackler Screenwriter
Robert Swink Editor
William Tuntke Production Designer
James Whittaker Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Checked Out (Main Titles) [4:07]
2. Faulty Radar [5:09]
3. Collision Imminent [7:22]
4. Damage Report [4:28]
5. Rescue Vehicle [6:54]
6. Gravity Slide [5:33]
7. Voice Contact [6:34]
8. SNARK [6:37]
9. Welcome Aboard [4:58]
10. Misguided [7:34]
11. Lost Communications [6:56]
12. Neptune Found [5:43]
13. Going Further Down [9:58]
14. Rigging Charges [7:26]
15. Hold on Tight [5:42]
16. Detonation [5:31]
17. Over the Edge [8:01]
18. End Titles [1:48]

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