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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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Once they said God himself couldn't sink her. Then they said no man on earth could reach her. Now - you will be there when we Raise The Titanic See more »


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Trivia

Footage purporting to show R.M.S. Titanic surrounded by boats in New York harbor sixty-eight years after leaving Southampton, England, was actually composited from stock footage of the 1976 Operation Sail event, which included almost two dozen tall ships from around the world, and celebrated the United States' Bicentennial. See more »

Goofs

The Titanic is shown being towed up New York City's East River, presumably to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and passing under the Brooklyn Bridge. The Titanic's masts, which are shown to be intact, were about 200 feet high from the waterline; the Brooklyn Bridge has only 127 feet of clearance at mean high water. To reach the Navy Yard the ship would also have to pass under the Manhattan Bridge, which has only 135 feet of clearance. See more »

Quotes

Bohannon: [Deep Quest is trapped in Titanic's rigging] C'mon baby... C'mon you pretty little thing... Get your daddy out of this!
Bohannon: [after trying in vain to free Deep Quest, which remains stuck... hushed voice] Shit!
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version featured a long sequence of the foam being pumped into the hull of the Titanic, which is mentioned in the screenplay earlier. Shortly after the film began to get the horrid reviews and poor box office, there were edits made to the film and new prints sent to theaters, in a failed attempt to tighten the film a bit. These scenes have not been included in any of the VHS or DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Titanic (1997) See more »

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No way would this pass for a movie today
15 March 2001 | by FreeseSee all my reviews

One of the runaway budgets of 1979-80, along with "1941", "The Blues Brothers", "Star Trek" and "Heaven's Gate", that ended the era of the '70s auteur and ushered in one where studio executives and producers took took the creative reins back.

Problem with the flick seems to be they focused entirely on the maritime hardware and underwater models. No way could a script so devoid of character development get greenlit by Disney or Dreamworks today. For example, they'd have figured a way to make Anne Archer's character relevant (why she's even in this movie I have no idea).

Jordan's good as Pitt. I agree that somebody needs to wrestle the rights free and film three or four of Clive Cussler's books, but the action of this story was confined to the bottom of the Atlantic and was pretty boring.

I won't even touch on how terrible the underwater models are because, that's really a given. The scene where the Titanic is towed back into New York Harbor wasn't bad though.

Interesting example of how much filmmaking has changed in 20 years. You can just imagine the younger cast, sweeping camera movements and digital fx added if this were shot today. This one feels like something translated from book to screen in the 1960s, actually, like Alistair Maclean "Where Eagles Dare". Very epic, very corny, little or no character development.


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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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