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Raise the Titanic (1980)

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (screenplay), Eric Hughes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Admiral James Sandecker
Richard Jordan ... Dirk Pitt
David Selby ... Dr. Gene Seagram
Anne Archer ... Dana Archibald
Alec Guinness ... John Bigalow
Bo Brundin ... Captain Prevlov
M. Emmet Walsh ... Master Chief Vinnie Walker
J.D. Cannon ... Captain Joe Burke
Norman Bartold ... Admiral Kemper
Elya Baskin ... Marganin
Dirk Blocker ... Merker
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Willis
Paul Carr ... CIA Director Nicholson
Michael C. Gwynne ... Bohannon
Harvey Lewis Harvey Lewis ... Kiel
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A group of Americans are interested in raising the ill-fated ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic. One of the team members finds out the Russians also have plans to raise the ship from its watery grave. Why all the interest? A rare mineral on board could be used to power a sound beam that will knock any missile out of the air when entering us airspace. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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They said that God himself couldn't sink it. Now they say that no man could raise it. See more »


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Trivia

A model of the R.M.S. Titanic was built for three hundred fifty thousand dollars. When it was finished, it was too big for its tank. A bigger tank had to be built, for six million dollars. This tank could hold forty million liters (10,566,882 gallons) of water, and it was built next to the smaller tank, which had been used for several movies. Reportedly, the total cost of six million dollars was one million dollars less than the cost to build the original R.M.S. Titanic (before adjustment for inflation, adjusted, the cost would have been over one hundred eighty million dollars as of 2018) . See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film the US naval personnel enter Cargo Hold No. 9 and find the safe which is supposed to contain the Byzanium, only to discover that the safe only contains boxes of gravel. The safe is fully intact and someone announces that it is "water-tight" (which is convenient no doubt). Never the less, a water-tight safe at 12,000 feet down in the Ocean would have been crushed like an empty beer can. Subs that operate at that depth (like Alvin) have spherical hulls specially designed with 3 inches of seamless titanium. The safe we see in the movie is a steel box whose door is braced only with a small piece of angle iron. The safe could only have survived if water entered it in order to equalize the pressure. If the safe was indeed water-tight, it would have imploded as the ship sank. See more »

Quotes

John Bigalow: What a lovely thing she was... Standing as high in the water as one of your skyscrapers, longer than two rugby fields, and furnishings to match the finest mansions in England. She was one of a kind, no question about it, and God himself, they said, couldn't sink her. Then in two hours she was gone... and fifteen hundred souls with her.
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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, there is a scene between Pitt (Richard Jordan) and Dana (Anne Archer) where they discuss Seagram (David Selby). This scene is missing from all video and DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) See more »

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pretty good
2 July 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Special effects in 1980 weren't what they are in 2002 obviously. This film is rather laughable in terms of pyrotechnics when you compare it to, let us say James Cameron's film (by the way this film was made five years before they found the real Titanic so they had no way of knowing the ship broke in two before it went down). I saw this film as a kid and enjoyed it (I enjoy anything having to do with the Titanic). I remember that summer of 1980 there was a big ad build up for it, the last great human adventure is about to begin. This is a good suspense film, although they would have been better off following Cussler's novel more closely especially in character develpment. Cussler was reportedly so angry at this film he forbid them to make anymore from his novels which is a damn shame. Dirk Pitt is a fine hero in the James Bond mold. The scene where the ship is "raised" is handled rather well. I read something that was kind of funny, the producers spent a fortune building an elaborate studio tank for the model they "raised" then found out they didn't make it big enough. Anne Archer is rather wasted in this film, shes a fine actress who deserved better. The great Alec Guiness has an amusing cameo. He was always such a loveable old ham.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)
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ITC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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