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Visible crew/equipment: When the Stingray is shown going out of the harbor, the blades of the chopper shooting the aerial shots can be seen in the upper right corner of the screen.

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Factual error: Sometimes when we see the USS Stingray sailing south we see land to the east which would mean this would be on the west coast instead of the east coast (The original ship was the USS Pampantino which sailed off California in WWII).

Character mistake: While the engine room is flooding, Stepanik tries to put a jubilee patch on the pipe by walking towards and deflecting the water. While it looks cool for the movie, it is definitely not the correct way to apply this type of patch.

Continuity mistake: During the opening sequences when the admirals are debating giving Dodge a command, Admiral Graham says that "three years ago" Dodge brushed up against a Soviet sub off Murmansk and that "as an ensign" Dodge got so drunk he ended up with his tattoo. Yet in two conversations with Lt. Lake Dodge says the tattoo came after the Murmansk incident.

Factual error: It is said in the film that the Stingray is a Balao class submarine. The Stingray was actually a Salmon class submarine, and likely called a Balao class because the USS Pampanito, which stood in for the Stingray in the film, was a Balao class. Source: (00:05:45)

Factual error: After the Stingray does the simulated attack in Charleston Harbor she launches a red flare. A green flare is used to indicate a "gotcha" in an exercise and would have been used there. A red flare indicates the submarine is in trouble and will attempt to surface.

Factual error: The uniform that LT Lake wears in the last scene is wrong. The Service Dress White Uniform for women includes a white shirt and black necktie. There is no way the Navy lets anyone walk around with visible cleavage. This has nothing to do with the myth that it's illegal to portray actual military uniforms, which is entirely untrue.

Character mistake: When Pascal gives his mutiny speech he refers to comsubpac, the Submarine Command for the Pacific fleet. He should have said comsublant. It seems to be a common theme of mistakes seeing as the museum sub they used for the Stingray is kept at a pier in San Francisco. Most of the scenes at dock are filmed there and at sea in nearby waters. Its possible that the original script was based on a west coast 'war game' and later got changed after a number of scenes were already filmed. (01:01:00)

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Suggested correction: He says "comsublant."


Continuity mistake: As they get underway, the torpedo indicator has 1 and 2 in yellow, 3 and 4 in blue. A minute later, all indicators are out. Then, after the sub is trimmed, all indicators are blue.

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Pascal: Jesus, Buckman! This stuff has been on the Stingray since Korea! This can expired in 1966!
Buckman: What's the matter, sir? It still tastes like cream corn.
Pascal: Except it's deviled ham.


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Trivia: In the scene when Lauren Holly, gives Kelsey Grammer, a kiss, her hitting her elbow was not in the original script. She really did hit her "funny bone" before walking off camera. The director had decided to keep it in the movie so they had to film an alternate shot of Grammer, laughing when it happened.

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Question: Whose picture did Dodge salute in his cabin when he said "live to fight another day"?

Answer: Dodge says "We live to fight another day, Captain." suggesting that the photo is of the previous captain of the Stingray.

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