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A Night to Remember (1958)

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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.

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A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -... Written by drew_wallner@verizon.net

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TITANIC... The greatest sea drama in living memory told as it really happened! See more »

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16 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Titanic  »

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$1,680,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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This is the last Titanic film to be made exclusively in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of the real Titanic. S.O.S. Titanic (1979) did film in the UK (at Shepperton Studios, The Waldorf Hotel), but also filmed in the United States aboard the (former British) RMS Queen Mary. Titanic (2012) written by British screenwriter Julian Fellowes, features a British cast but was filmed in Hungary. See more »

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The transcription of the ice warning keeps changing: when it is being written the last two letters of the word ICEBERGS project outside the border of the printed box on the wireless form. A few seconds later, as the purser lays down a new bundle of messages to be transmitted, the letters ERGS are outside the border. When the wireless operator spikes the used forms, the word is contained entirely within the box. A few minutes later there is another view of the spiked forms and it is back to the last two letters of the word being outside the box (i.e. the one we actually saw being written.) See more »

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Capt. Stanley Lord: [discussing ice reports] Hmmmm. Just south of Cape Race.
Second Officer Herbert Stone: I've never known pack ice to come *that* far south before, sir.
Capt. Stanley Lord: It's been a mild winter on the Arctic. This ice must be drifting down on the Labrador Current. Well, our passengers aren't in any hurry. Wouldn't be with *us* if they were.
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An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer (The Blue Danube Waltz) Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauß
Played on the Titanic as dance music
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A Worthwhile Straightforward Treatment
20 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The Titanic disaster has provided material for quite an assortment of films, and a number of them have at least something to offer. This is one of the more effective, with its straightforward and, based on the knowledge then available, factually accurate approach. One particularly worthwhile aspect is that it spends more time detailing the reasons for the disaster than do most movies on the subject.

Often movies that try to stay close to the facts suffer from a lack of focus, especially when there is/are no central character(s) to hold things together. In this adaptation of "A Night to Remember", they solved the problem by focusing much of the action around Second Officer Lightoller, who was involved in some way in so many different aspects of what happened. As a device it works well, and there is enough action involving the other characters to keep it balanced.

Another inherent challenge in the story is that there are so many characters, and most of them hold some interest. In this adaptation, they chose simply to depict as many brief situations as possible, often without giving much with which to identify the characters. If you are familiar with Walter Lord's book, it is often possible to identify many of them, but otherwise, it might be a little confusing to sort through so many characters.

For such a detail-heavy story, this is an effective and commendable movie. With very few frills, it tells the story believably and sometimes memorably.

It does a pretty good job of meeting the main challenges, not telling the complete story, of course, but providing a worthwhile overview of events.


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