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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director:

William Hale (as Billy Hale)

Writer:

James Costigan
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Andrews ... Capt. Edward J. Smith
David Battley ... Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
Ed Bishop ... Henry Harris
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
Nicholas Davies Nicholas Davies ... Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Catholic Priest: Father Byles
Jerry Houser ... Dan Marvin
David Janssen ... John Jacob Astor
Victor Langley Victor Langley ... Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
Gerard McSorley ... Martin Gallagher
John Moffatt ... Benjamin Guggenheim
Aubrey Morris ... Steward: John Hart
Nancy Nevinson ... Ida Straus
Philip O'Sullivan ... David Charters
Robert Pugh ... James Farrell
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Storyline

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 Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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Taglines:

The night the impossible happened...The event that shook the world.

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Tango Bar (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Poem by James Thomson (1700-1748)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne) (1710-1778)
(Heard when the Titanic casts off from Southampton)
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SOS Titanic Was Not THAT Bad!
7 February 2005 | by spirithunter1201See all my reviews

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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Titanic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Argonaut Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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