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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)
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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:
This movie is staggering See more (144 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)
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)
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
 
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the filming of the locations, while the indoor sets were being built at Pinewood, it was Rank's twenty-first birthday, but this was the only film being made. It required all of the 1,200 work force and for the first time, everyone was working on the same production.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: One of the last lifeboats being lowered is noted to have only 12 persons in it; this was only true of the very first lifeboat. The danger wasn't taken seriously at first and passengers were reluctant to board, thinking that it was safer to remain on the Titanic.See more »
Quotes:
Sixth Officer James Moody:Sorry, only one more lady.
Edith Evans:You go first, you have children waiting at home.
Mrs. Brown:NO! I...
Sixth Officer James Moody:Quickly ladies! We haven't got much time.
[the woman, Mrs. Brown, steps in]
Sixth Officer James Moody:Still here Miss Evans? We'll get you off in the next boat.
Edith Evans:Thank you.
[Miss Evans looks around and sees that there are no more lifeboats left]
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Soundtrack:
Off to PhiladelphiaSee more »

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115 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
This movie is staggering, 30 June 2004
Author: Collin Skocik from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

I am nothing short of amazed by what the filmmakers pulled off. Before I saw this movie, I tried to write a script that would encompass the whole story of the Titanic. I had stacks of Titanic books scattered around me, a huge map of the Titanic spread out in front of me, and I was overwhelmed by the sheer mountain of anecdotes and facts and technical details and contradictions in survivors' accounts. Reconstructing the event seemed impossible, and finally I abandoned the project by the time I got to about 1:30. Then I saw A Night to Remember, and wouldn't you know, it was exactly what I was trying to do! Kenneth More's portrayal of Lightoller is perfect. Laurence Naismith is heartbreaking as Captain Smith. The factual, historical, and technical detail is so thorough that this may be the most meticulous historical movie ever made -- certainly that I have ever seen. Somehow the stark black-and-white cinematrography is more realistically convincing than James Cameron's full-color treatment, in which things are inexplicably blue. The thing that disappointed me the most about Cameron's film was the lack of reverence for the historical characters. Lightoller, my personal hero, came off as an cowardly twit, Captain Smith as an incompetent fool, Ismay as the force of all evil in the universe, and Benjamin Guggenheim's change into evening ware as an excuse to get drunk! A Night to Remember had that reverence that was so sorely lacking in Cameron's film. Lightoller is portrayed as the hero that he was. Captain Smith is a fine captain who is understandably ovewhelmed by the magnitude of the tragedy facing him. Ismay is irritating, but tries to help out and be a responsible president -- and when he jumps into the lifeboat, well, would any of us do different? And Guggenheim's final stand brings tears to the eyes. The drama of the Carpathia is as exciting as any fictional Hollywood action film. This is the only Titanic movie that addresses the problem of the Californian, and though Lordites will object to the rather anti-Lord portrayal of the events, the facts speak for themselves. If you want to be picky, you can complain that the movie doesn't go into the politics behind building the Olympic and Titanic, or the near-collision with the New York, or lots of the little personal stories, but let's be fair: the movie has two hours to tell the story of, as Walter Lord put it, "the death of a small town." It's simply not possible for a movie, or even a really thick book, to cover everything. I don't think it's possible for a better movie to be made about the Titanic than A Night to Remember.

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