Down Periscope

Plot hole: How did Admiral Graham know how the Stingray got past the Orlando in Charleston? Did Dodge tell the Admiral that they pretended to be a fishing boat on top of the water? Admiral Graham specifically stated that "the weather was the deciding factor." How would he know this unless he knew the exact tactics involved? Generally the weather doesn't affect the submarines underwater.

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Suggested correction: Graham did not know how the Stingray got to Charleston. He was making a very flimsy excuse.

Continuity mistake: During the final chase scene, Captain Dodge says that it's overcast, and they surface. The first shot of the Stingray shows a hazy day. When the Orlando surfaces afterwards, it's clearly that one piece of stock footage of a Los Angeles-class submarine surfacing - not only is it sunny, but the ship shoots up from an emergency fast rise. After that, the shots of the Stingray in pursuit, and that of the torpedoes hitting the target ship, show it to be sunny rather than overcast. [It's not just stock footage of any old submarine surfacing. It is in fact the shot of the submarine in Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October surfacing - exactly the same footage. Some kind of in-joke, perhaps?]

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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: Tom Arnold turned down the role of Lt. Com. Dodge to play the lead in "McHale's Navy."

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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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