THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

GRAY LADY DOWN (1978)

This late 70s disaster aboard a nuclear sub is ten times the movie Geostorm is.  In this, Captain Blanchard (Charlton Heston) is on his final tour of duty aboard the Neptune, about to hand the command to Ronny Cox.  But foggy conditions and a freighter with a broken radar scope cause a collision between the two and the Neptune sinks like a stone.  The survivors are in compartments that miraculously have not succumbed to the extreme pressure – but it’s only a matter of time.  Captain Bennett (Stacy Keach), in charge of the rescue effort, has a DSRV (Disabled Sub Rescue Vehicle) ready to be launched, but the hatch needs to be cleared of debris – enter the Snark, a cute little rescue craft piloted by David Carradine and Ned Beatty, that can go to those depths and clear the hatch.  The shelf the Neptune is sitting on is threatened by rockslides that can knock the sub another two miles down – and that would mean a trip to Davy Jones’ locker for all aboard.  A lot of up-and-coming talent is also aboard this film, including future Superman Christopher Reeve, Stephen McHattie, Dorian Harewood and even Charlie Robinson of the sitcom Night Court.  Gray Lady Down is suspenseful even though you can see the dangers coming a mile away, including the big sacrifice made at the end of the picture.  Added bonus: Heston’s beard which makes him look more like Moses in this one.  Too bad he couldn’t part the sea, but then this would have been a MUCH shorter movie.