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A Night to Remember -- On April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable render­ing of Walter Lord's book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship's last hours.
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Director:
Writers:
Walter Lord (from the book by)
Eric Ambler (screenplay)
Contact:
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Release Date:
16 December 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
TITANIC... The greatest sea drama in living memory told as it really happened! See more »
Plot:
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Definitive Account of the Titanic, Told Through One of the Best Historical Dramas Ever Made See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kenneth More ... Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Ronald Allen ... Mr. Clarke
Robert Ayres ... Maj. Arthur Peuchen

Honor Blackman ... Mrs. Liz Lucas
Anthony Bushell ... Capt. Arthur Rostron - Carpathia
John Cairney ... Mr. Murphy
Jill Dixon ... Mrs. Clarke
Jane Downs ... Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller
James Dyrenforth ... Col. Archibald Gracie

Michael Goodliffe ... Thomas Andrews
Kenneth Griffith ... Wireless Operator John 'Jack' Phillips
Harriette Johns ... Lady Richard
Frank Lawton ... Chairman J. Bruce Ismay
Richard Leech ... First Officer William Murdoch

David McCallum ... Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride

Alec McCowen ... Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam - Carpathia
Tucker McGuire ... Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown
John Merivale ... Robbie Lucas
Ralph Michael ... Mr. Yates
Laurence Naismith ... Capt. Edward John Smith
Russell Napier ... Capt. Stanley Lord - Californian
Redmond Phillips ... Mr. Hoyle
George Rose ... Chief Baker Charles Joughin
Joseph Tomelty ... Dr. William O'Loughlin
Patrick Waddington ... Sir Richard
Jack Watling ... Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Wireless Operator Cyril Evans - Californian
Michael Bryant ... Sixth Officer James Moody
Cyril Chamberlain ... Quartermaster George Thomas Rowe
Richard Clarke ... Gallagher
Bee Duffell ... Mrs. Farrell
Harold Goldblatt ... Benjamin Guggenheim
Gerald Harper ... 3rd Officer - Carpathia
Richard Hayward ... Victualling Officer
Thomas Heathcote ... Steward
Danuta Karell ... Polish Mother
Christina Lubicz ... Polish Girl
Barry MacGregor ... Apprentice James Gibson - Californian
Edward Malin ... Dining Saloon Steward (as Eddie Malin)
Patrick McAlinney ... Mr. James Farrell
Helen Misener ... Mrs. Ida Straus
Mary Monahan ... Kate
Howard Pays ... Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
Philip Ray ... Reverend Anderson
Harold Siddons ... Second Officer Herbert Stone - Californian
Julian Somers ... Mr. Bull - Man on Train
Tim Turner ... Third Officer Charles Groves - Californian
Meier Tzelniker ... Mr. Isador Straus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bart Allison ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jean Anderson ... Stuffy Lady in Lifeboat (uncredited)
Keith Anderson ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)
Maidie Andrews ... Christening Lady (uncredited)
Roger Avon ... Lookout Reginald Lee (uncredited)
Denise Aylmer ... Older Sharp-Featured Woman with Black Curly Hair (uncredited)
Richard Beale ... Harbor Pilot (uncredited)
Charles Belchier ... Wallace Hartley - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Joan Benham ... Lottie (uncredited)
Janet Bradbury ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Douglas Bradley-Smith ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Olwen Brookes ... Miss Evans (uncredited)
Jeremy Bulloch ... Boy Jumping Into Water (uncredited)

Peter Burton ... 1st Class Steward (uncredited)
Henry Campbell ... W.T. Stead (uncredited)
Pauline Challoner ... Lucas Child (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Wife (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Churchill ... Passenger (uncredited)

Sean Connery ... Titanic Deck Hand (uncredited)
George A. Cooper ... Carpathia Purser Hughes (uncredited)
Emerton Court ... Chief Engineer Joseph Bell (uncredited)
John Dunbar ... Scotsman (uncredited)
Gay Emma ... Lucas Child (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Lookout Frederick Fleet (uncredited)
Peter Grant ... Titanic Crew Member (uncredited)
Rosamund Greenwood ... Mrs. Bull - Woman on Train (uncredited)
Jonathan Hanson ... Hysterical Man (uncredited)
Paul Hardwick ... Guggenheim's Valet (uncredited)
Gladys Henson ... Hysterical Woman (uncredited)
Carmen Hill ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Arthur Hosking ... Purser Hugh McElroy (uncredited)
Glyn Houston ... Stoker (uncredited)
Robert James ... Engineer (uncredited)
Stratford Johns ... Crewman on Upturned Lifeboat (uncredited)
Jeremy Judge ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Andrew Keir ... 2nd Engineer Officer John Henry Hesketh (uncredited)
Ann Lancaster ... Mrs. Bull - Woman on Train (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Chief Officer Henry Wilde - Titanic (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ... Steerage Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Lees ... Man With Souvenir Piece of Ice (uncredited)
Charles Leno ... Seaman (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Seaman at Steerage Gate (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Stoker (uncredited)
Stephen Lowe ... Tom Lucas (uncredited)
Clive Marshall ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Allan McClelland ... Lottie's Husband (uncredited)

John Moulder-Brown ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Naylor ... Man in Dressing Gown (uncredited)

Derren Nesbitt ... Stoker Holding Oar on Upturned Lifeboat (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Engineer Being Crushed by Dynamo (uncredited)
Etain O'Dell ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Maureen O'Reilly ... Lottie (uncredited)
Hal Osmond ... Steward (uncredited)
Anthony Pendrell ... Passenger (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Greek Steerage Passenger Arguing with James Kieran (uncredited)
Robert Raglan ... Carpathia Chief Engineer (uncredited)
Mavis Ranson ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Valet (uncredited)
Joyce Riley ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
George Roderick ... Steward (uncredited)

Alan Rolfe ... Carpenter (uncredited)

Norman Rossington ... James Kieran - Titanic Chief Steerage Steward (uncredited)
Grace Denbigh Russell ... Woman (uncredited)
Hennie Scott ... Titanic Crewman (uncredited)
Robert Scroggins ... Titanic Bellboy (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... Crewman (uncredited)
Charles Stapley ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Stoker (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Stewardess (uncredited)
James Sutherland ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Dudley Sutton ... Lookout (uncredited)
Alma Taylor ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... Seaman (uncredited)
Teresa Thorne ... Miss Edith Russell (uncredited)
The Blake Twins ... Titanic Passengers (uncredited)
Stuart Wagstaff ... Titanic Steward (uncredited)
John Warren ... Titanic Crewman (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Chief Clerk - Victualling Department (uncredited)
Joey White ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Gordon Whiting ... Clerk - Victualling Department (uncredited)
Kathleen Williams ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker  (as Roy Baker)
 
Writing credits
Walter Lord (from the book by)

Eric Ambler (screenplay)

Produced by
William MacQuitty .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sidney Hayers 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Caffin (costumes designer)
 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup
Pauline Trent .... hairdresser
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack Hanbury .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Maurice Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ron Jackson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Len Townsend .... set dresser
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Geoffrey Daniels .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Harry Fairbairn .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
John Alcott .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Fox .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reg Johnson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Peter MacDonald .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ian McMillan .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bert Simmonds .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Bob Herrington .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joseph Boxhall .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Commander Boxhall who was 4th Officer of the Titanic)
Harry Grattidge .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Captain Grattidge O.B.E. Ex-Commodore of The Cunard Line)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
123 min | Spain:114 min
Country:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1990) (1998) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The line "Still here, Miss Evans?" is a reference to Edith Evans, who died during the sinking after volunteering to leave an overcrowded lifeboat.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Toward the end when Mr. Lightoller climbs on the overturned lifeboat and helps others on the boat it doesn't move. Any floating boat would have but this was obviously fixed on a pedestal for filming purposes.See more »
Quotes:
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 want to wake the children. Is it really necessary?
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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60 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
The Definitive Account of the Titanic, Told Through One of the Best Historical Dramas Ever Made, 13 January 2005
Author: gus81 from Sydney Australia

Based on the Walter Lord novel of the same name, A Night to Remember is far and away the most definitive and honest telling of this famous and world-shaking disaster. Flaws it may have, but these largely revolve around a lack of special effects technology available at the time, and a lack of historical evidence due the fact the wreck had not yet been discovered. Despite these minor quibbles, the film is probably the only one to loyally adhere to telling the truth about what happened that night; and it does so in a most compelling way.

Unlike the smartingly awful James Cameron schlock boiler, ANTR doesn't pack a spectacular special effects punch - but nor does it pack a spectacularly corny and improbable love story concocted with teenagers in mind. The producers of ANTR understood that you didn't need a fictitious love story to heighten the tragedy of that night - the bitter irony of the real events sufficed.

And it is this irony and tragedy that the filmmakers brought out absorbingly well. The comprehensive book by Walter Lord was consulted down to the letter; so the story is told as authentically as possible. With a great script involving mainly real historical characters, perfect casting, and performances that show the actors were engrossed in their roles, the film really does shine. The snappy, economical directing is both proof of the lack of pretensiousness of the producers, as well as being extremely effective in bringing out the meaning in each scene. This makes for intelligent and gripping viewing.

Watch out for the poignant scenes in which the crew attempt to contact the nearby Californian to no avail, and Captain Smith walks to the railing and implores God to help them; the scene where the Captain calls "every man for himself", then walks into the wheelhouse just before it dips underwater; and the gripping scene in which Thomas Andrews (the Titanic's designer), a broken man, waits in the smoking room for the end, determined to go down with his creation. All these scenes are powerful, authentic and sincere; scenes in which all the various emotions aroused by such a disaster are brought out very clearly and movingly.

The special effects, although not so brilliant for today, were fantastic for the times; half the ship was actually constructed for life-size shooting, and a large model was also built, complete with miniature little row boats featuring motorised oars, for the long shots. So the maximum effort was made to make as realistic a depiction of the disaster as possible. And, in fact, the interior scenes of the ship are perfectly authentic, and the audience feels that they are actually aboard the Titanic. Only in the long shots, where a model was used, does the film look noticeably dated.

So by sticking as close as possible to the survivor's accounts featured in the Walter Lord novel, and by avoiding modern cinematic clichés, A Night to Remember remains the only Titanic film to provide a genuine account of the sinking of the great ship that is not marred by superficial Hollywood garbage. It tells the story, as it happened, of an event that changed mankind's attitudes toward his own creations; and as such, it brings to the screen the full impact of what this disaster really meant to the world in, as mentioned, a very compelling, poignant and honest way. It is a true testament to British film making.

As a footnote, many actual survivors of the Titanic were on set as the film was being made; and the musical pig in the lifeboat scenes was the actual one from the real disaster. In addition, the Titanic's fourth officer Boxhall was a technical adviser to the production. And the film's producer was there, as a small child, when the actual Titanic was launched in Belfast. This kind of authenticity makes this movie almost a living documentary.

Intelligent, honest and compelling, A Night to Remember is at least one of the best historical films ever made, and is well worth anybody's time. Everyone is bound to get something out of this movie; and indeed it is a powerhouse for anyone with an interest in the Titanic or just history in general. A totally underrated gem.

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