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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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Walter Lord (from the book by)
Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1958 (USA) See more »
TITANIC... The greatest sea drama in living memory told as it really happened! See more »
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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No comparison should be made...this was based on a DOCUMENTARY novel... See more (145 total) »


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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
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)
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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123 min | Spain:114 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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?

Walter Lord recorded that the painting hanging in the First Class Smoking Room was of New York Harbor and was called "The Approach to the New World". The painting was faithfully reproduced for the film and after completion it was presented by the Rank Organization to Lord, who later discovered that the painting had actually hung in the Titanic's sister ship, Olympic. It was a painting of Plymouth Harbor that hung in the Titanic.See more »
Factual errors: Lightoller is loading boat 4 when a boy of 13 comes up. Lightoller at first refuses permission to enter the boat. Then a man convinces him. However, boat number 4 was lowered to A-Deck, and the event with the boy happened there. In the movie, it was on the boat deck.See more »
Dr. O'Laughlin:People first, things second.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Titanic: Breaking New Ground (1998) (TV)See more »
Off to PhiladelphiaSee more »


Are there any other movies about the sinking of the 'Titanic'?
How long did the Titanic have from the time she struck the iceberg until she sank?
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57 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
No comparison should be made...this was based on a DOCUMENTARY novel..., 25 April 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Why do all the commentators here insist on comparing apples to oranges? There is a huge difference between the two movies BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS INTENTIONAL--'A Night to Remember' is based on Walter Lord's documentary-style novel which does not use a fictional story at all. 1997's 'Titanic' does not paint itself as a documentary--the author (James Cameron) chose to tell a fictional love story set against an enormously famous tragic event--AND THIS IS WHAT HE DID. He was not striving to make a documentary. Therefore, no one should be wasting their time trying to compare the two films--each had a specific purpose in mind and accomplished it.

If you read the Walter Lord novel, you'd know that 'A Night to Remember' is intended to be a crisp re-telling in documentary style of the events of that fatal voyage. It does so without any frills, sticking closely to the novel's minute by minute description of events. The film never once misses a true beat and all of the performances are excellent. Only in the area of special effects is there a letdown--the model is an obvious model filmed against a black backdrop for the sky. There are other minor flaws that one could quibble with--but on the whole this is a fine, realistic depiction of the actual event. On the other hand, if 1997's 'Titanic' insults you by telling a fictional love story told against this background, then don't bother to see it for that is exactly what Cameron intended it to be--a fictional love story set against the background of an historical event, much the way 'Gone with the Wind' was a fictional love story told against the background of the Civil War and its aftermath.

BUT PLEASE--STOP COMPARING THE TWO MOVIES. It's a senseless thing to do. They weren't meant to be compared--each takes a different route toward telling the story and shouldn't be compared, any more than you compare fiction with non-fiction! Each has its own assets and one shouldn't be judged superior to the other. And yes, each one is undeniably an example of great filmmaking.

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