On April 14, 1912, R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage. Over one thousand five hundred people were lost. This docudrama follows the personal stories of some of the passengers and crew aboard on that fateful night. John Jacob Astor (David Janssen) and his new bride Madeline (Beverly Ross), Laurence Beesley (David Warner), Molly Brown (Cloris Leachman), a group of Irish emigrants, the wireless operators, and the stewards are among the characters.Written by
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The ship's title "R.M.S." stands for Royal Mail Ship, a designation that shows the vessel can carry mail under contract to the British Royal Mail. As of 2020 with the mass air transportation of mail, there are only three ships left in service with this title. RMS Segwun, built in 1887 and restored in the late 70's, provides short excursions near Ontario, Canada. The RMS Queen Mary 2 was bestowed with the title in 2004 to acknowledge Cunard's history and the third ship is the RMV Scillionian III, the V standing for vessel. Launched in 1977, this ship sails between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, off SW England, still providing a vital link for passengers and freight. See more »
At the last change of watch before the collision, there is a shot of an illuminated sea. Neither moon nor sun was up at the time. See more »
J. Bruce Ismay:
Her name, like everything about her, gave promise of something mighty and splendid. They called her Titanic. She was the longest, the tallest, the most luxurious ship in all creation.
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Opening credits prologue:
The following dramatization is based on factual and personal accounts which were researched and adapted for the telling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic in dramatic form.
Identifiable characters are drawn from actual persons and fictitious names were given to certain characters who existed but whose actual names remain unknown. See more »
The movie was originally released in two versions. A 140 minute version told in flashback fashion was shown on American TV, and a 109 minute version shown in European theaters. This is the version available on DVD & VHS See more »
First of all, ANY Titanic film is going to be crushed by Cameron's version of this disaster! Not for its story line, but for its incredible attention to detail and its use of special effects. When this movie was made(1979)there was still so many mysteries about the sinking. Granted, the creativity is strained and the DVD version is hideously chopped and edited poorly, but the television version (I still have a tape of it from ABC when it aired again in 1981) is much clearer and the characters are not so 'rushed' through the plot. I do agree that Jansen did a sloppy job of playing Astor, though. Seemed like he always wanted to be somewhere else, however in the television version many of his scenes were redone and he sounds much better. This show marked my beginning with a fascination for the Titanic. I later met survivors in 1987 and for that, I love this movie. It's too bad the television version is not on DVD...it's much, much better.
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