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A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  16 December 1958 (USA)
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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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Action | Drama | History

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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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Desmond Llewelyn (Seaman at Steerage Gate), Geoffrey Bayldon (Wireless Operator Cyril Evans) and Alec McCowen would all later play Q in "James Bond" films: Llewelyn played the role in 17 official Bond films from From Russia with Love (1963) to The World Is Not Enough (1999), Bayldon played him in Casino Royale (1967) and McCowen played him in Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »

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While the crewmen and Ismay are uncovering and hoisting out the boats, a rocket goes up. It would be about 12:15 or so. The first rocket didn't go up until 12:45, 30 minutes later. (The first boat, No.7, also was lowered at this time) See more »

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Mrs. Liz Lucas: [Lucas returns to his stateroom after being told the situation by Andrews] Please, will you tell me what's going on Robert? People have been rushing about, and noises overhead...
Robbie Lucas: It's very tiresome. We've struck an iceberg and damaged the ship. We may be a day late getting into New York.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: Oh, that is annoying.
Robbie Lucas: And, to make matters worse, the captain is being very fussy and correct. All women and children have to go up on deck and get into the lifeboats.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: Oh no.
Robbie Lucas: I'm afraid so, dear.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: But I don't ...
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still the best!
25 July 2004 | by (Neenah, WI) – See all my reviews

I've seen several film versions of the Titanic tragedy (I'm something of a buff--I'm distantly related to Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Kimball, who were 1st class passengers!) "A Night to Remember" is still the best, no contest. The effects are 1958 state-of-the-art, the script was meticulously researched, and the people are actually written and played as 1912 people (James Cameron's cast were a bit too much 1990's to be convincing). Even those characters who are slightly fictionalized (the "lady" who represents--without mentioning--Lady Cosmo Duff-Gordon, and "my dear son" and his family, for examples) behave as their real life counterparts would have in 1912, giving the film a documentary feel without failing to give the viewer people to identify with and care about. This is classic film-making at its finest!


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