Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

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Breck Eisner

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Clive Cussler (novel), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ... Imam
Mark Aspinall Mark Aspinall ... Lawyer
Rakie Ayola ... Mrs. Nwokolo
Christopher Bello Christopher Bello ... Train Driver
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ... Gunboat 1 Officer
Empotoe Bosage Empotoe Bosage ... Pick Up Truck Guard
Robert Cavanah ... Captain Tombs
Penélope Cruz ... Eva Rojas (as Penelope Cruz)
Clint Dyer ... Oshodi
Matthew Flynn ... 1st Lieutenant, Ironclad
Paulin Fodouop Paulin Fodouop ... Modibo (as Paulin F. Fodouop)
Ouahbou Houcine Ouahbou Houcine ... Tuareg Village Boy #1
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Kazim's Officer Asselar
Lennie James ... General Zateb Kazim
Maurice Lee Maurice Lee ... Zakara
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Storyline

Retired US admiral Sandecker's foundation finances various projects worldwide, including high tech marine salvage by brilliant Dirk Pitt's US Navy Seal veterans team including buddy Al Giordino, which dreams of finding the mysteriously missing Confederal gold aboard the ironclad battleship 'of Death'. Pitts bumps into evidence for his theory it crossed the Atlantic up the river Niger, where the admiral has an environmental project. Alas, it's a West African dictatorship where the ruthless president suppresses the desert people, in league with billionaire French energy industrialist Yves Massarde. Saving reckless WHO epidemics researcher Dr. Eva Rojas, he learns the secret abducted tribal slaves-run waste plant's toxic output threatens, through an underground fluvial system, to pollute the ocean and hence cause a global killer epidemic. Written by KGF Vissers

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Adventure has a new destination. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for action violence | See all certifications »

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The ship used to portray the Martha Ann was one of the vessels Robert Ballard used to find the Titanic. The original Dirk Pitt film, Raise the Titanic (1980), was about finding and raising the behemoth cruise liner. See more »

Goofs

In the 53rd minute as Eva is trapped in the well and her colleagues have been killed, a rope is by her hanging from the surface. After her colleague is shot and falls against the wall atop the well, the rope is now outside of the well. Later, the rope is back inside the well. See more »

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[first lines]
Sailor Who Drops Gold: Sorry, captain.
Pilot, Ironclad: It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.
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A Clive Cussler Dirk Pitt Adventure See more »

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Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.122 (2005) See more »

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Haira Yo
Written by Afel Bocoum
Performed by Afel Bocoum
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records / World Circuit
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing and World Circuit Ltd.
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Pure escapism... but what's wrong with that?
31 December 2007 | by buigerSee all my reviews

This movie is definitely not a masterpiece. The screenplay is dumb. The acting is to say the least, average. The story is preposterous. Yet, as Ebert nicely put it, "I enjoyed this movie on its own dumb level, which must mean (I am forced to conclude) in my own dumb way". Yes, this is a film you should watch with your brain switched comfortably to the 'Off' position, a nice cold beer on the table and a bag of popcorn in your lap. When you come to think about it though, isn't that what movies are supposed to be all about in the first place?

P.S. One thing worth mention though is the excellent cinematography. The movie is a wonderful African picture book, which definitely helps the overall experience.


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Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,068,372, 10 April 2005

Gross USA:

$68,671,925

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,240,351
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