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Up Periscope [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Garner , Edmond O'Brien , Gordon Douglas    DVD
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  • Actors: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr., Carleton Carpenter
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: Richard H. Landau, Robb White
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck, Edwin F. Zabel, Howard W. Koch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN9P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film 3 Mar 2011
By Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The two young lovers, caught up in a world war. How desperately Lieutenant Braden (James Garner) wants to marry the pretty Sally Johnson (Andra Martin). He's madly in love with her and cannot understand why she appears to feel the same way towards he, but keeps telling him to wait! The tears come flooding out of this most "female" lady and Braden is quite beside himself with passion, love and heartache! Little does he know that she has been sent on a secret assignment, to ensure his credentials are bona-fide, for a critical mission to capture a Japanese radio code.

Without notice, he is whisked away from his new love to a dangerous and daring mission, which he has to go on alone; a mission that he is told he must not be caught undertaking!! A "strictly by the book" submarine commander seems determined to scupper his mission, by refusing to take the submarine near enough so the brave Lieutenant won't have too far to swim under water. However, after a few "home truths", a brave repair carried out underwater after an enemy air attack, a tragedy and a bit of plain bad luck, Commander Stevenson shows his human side; a side that has been masked by his huge responsibility and the reality of war. He isn't normally a risk taker, but the mission is vital and, aside from it all, he probably feels compassion for Braden.

The film has a mixture of humour, tragedy and excitement. There is a considerably real feel, especially as the actual mission begins in earnest, with Braden on his own on a Japanese-controlled island. Whilst not being particularly "fast-paced", this does not detract from the film's qualities: it is an excellent story and one that is very plausible and certainly not dull or too slow.
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I was taken by my parents to see this when I was 9 or 10, also with my best friend from a few doors away. It became the inspiration for weeks of submarine-based play, with our subs being constructed from chairs and towels and clothes horses. So I have a great affection for this film. A great story, with all the boyhood ideals of heroism and danger. Good to watch again, and to have in my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Up Periscope 21 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
Although the sellers information was correct, it was not made clear as to how you changed things so that the speech was in English and with no Spanish subtitles. However, this apart everything else was OK with the transaction.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  75 reviews
57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Submarine Film 22 Jun 2001
By gobirds2 - Published on Amazon.com
It seemed that ever since the release of 1957's THE ENEMY BELOW, World War II submarine movies enjoyed great popularity during the late 50s. This is one of the better ones directed by Gordon Douglas with stalwart James Garner and cautious Edmond O'Brien. The scenes around the Japanese held island are suspenseful and well filmed by Carl Guthrie. Richard Landau's screenplay is pretty faithful to the novel by Robb White. It also features Edd Byrnes, Alan Hale Jr. and one of my favorite actors Warren Oates.
39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM INSIDE THE FISH 7 Jun 2000
By JIM - Published on Amazon.com
PART OF THE ACTION SHOTS FOR THIS MOTION PICTURE WAS FILMED ABOARD THE USS TILEFISH (SS307) IN SAN DIEGO, CA. (1958). I WAS A YOUNG NINETEEN YEAR OLD WHITE HAT SAILOR THAT WAS IN AHA! NOT ONLY WERE THESE PEOPLE GREAT ACTORS - THESE ACTORS WERE GREAT PEOPLE. MAYBE I WAS TO CLOSE TO BE AN OBJECTIVE CRITIC, BUT I LOVED IT.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars UP PERISCOPE 15 Jan 2000
By JAMES OLDHAM - Published on Amazon.com
UP PERISCOPE IS A TOP NOTCH WORLD WAR II FILM STARRING JAMES GARNER & EDMOND O'BRIEN. WELL WORTH WATCHING. A TRUE FIND IF YOUR A WAR MOVIE BUFF LIKE ME.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars patterned after book. 2 July 2001
By Max G Blair - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this video because it appeared to be based on the book UP PERISCOPE writen by Robb White. I bought the book in about 1961 in grade school. I loved the book and read it several times. The movie has the same characters, Kenn Braden, Skipper Stevensen, Pat Malone, Si, etc. It roughly followed the book, except there was a big difference in one outcome. To be honest, I liked the book more, but I really enjoyed the movie. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had not read that book and tried to follow the two plots. It was a good movie, but, like the one goat said to the other goat as they were eating the film from a movie "I liked the book better!" Robb White also wrote a book called SECRET SEA, which I enjoyed almost as much as UP PERISCOPE.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST OF ITS KIND 31 May 2011
By Crabby Apple Mick Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As submarine movies go, UP PERISCOPE is one of the best. I'd say in the top five. Of course, RUN SILENT RUN DEEP is the very best of all submarine films and is the gold standards against all WWII films are measured against. (At least in your reviewer's humble opinion) Perhaps A BRIDGE TOO FAR is another
James Garner stars in UP PERISCOPE and is fairly early in his film career. He shows up and demonstrates that the man can act. It is strangely quite winning to see Garner without his customary mugging at the camera. Most of us love Garner's comic side in his film and television careers; but it seems in retrospect that we are missing out on Garner's ability to deliver great acting in drama.

As the story goes, interesting mission. Certain parts and details in the plot (a real submariner served as advisor) give this film a verisimilitude above most WWII for the times.

My standard complaint against most WWII films is that many average GI Joes act as if they are having a day at the carnival while engaging the enemy. I realize that during the war and quite a while afterward both filmmakers and the government didn't want the public at home to see how grim the circumstances were that their husbands, brothers and sons had to face; so actual battle scenes were toned down quite a bit--often times to the level of a complete lie. The truth is the casualty rate on the front lines was profoundly high in the several divisions. Those flyers in bombers over enemy territory and seaman in the silent service suffered horrific losses. As far as sub movies go, submariners typically remark that if depth charges really came as close as they show in these films, it would be unlikely the submarine would survive the attack. An equally standard objection is that it would be highly unlikely for a sub to run on the surface in daylight while in enemy waters. UP PERICOPE avoids these errors more than most other sub films. Simply turn off your usual critical B.S. detector you can get into a fine movie.

So, great film. Great Garner. I'd watch this on a lazy Sunday afternoon; maybe with my favorite brew or (surprise!) popcorn. You'll love UP PERISCOPE, too.
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