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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

The Titanic disaster is depicted, primarily as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board.

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Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
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Lift Attendant: Alfie King
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Catholic Priest: Father Byles
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Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
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David Charters
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James Farrell
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On April 14, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage. Over 1500 people were lost. This docudrama follows the personal stories of some of the passengers and crew aboard on that fateful night. John Jacob Astor and his new bride Madeline, Laurence Beesley, Molly Brown, a group of Irish emigrants, the wireless operators and the stewards are among the characters. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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23 September 1979 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The late Norman Rossington appears in this film as the Master-at-Arms and in the 1958 A night to Remember as the 3rd class Chief Hall Steward who has a hard time communicating with some of the non-English speaking passengers. See more »

Goofs

When passengers are shown fighting for their lives in the water, there is a wide-shot of the ship which shows the first funnel completely under water. About ten seconds later, a shot from behind the stern shows the first funnel still above water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
J. Bruce Ismay: Her name, like everything about her, gave promise of something mighty and splendid. They called her Titanic. She was the longest, the tallest, the most luxurious ship in all creation.
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Opening credits prologue:

The following dramatization is based on factual and personal accounts which were researched and adapted for the telling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic in dramatic form.

Identifiable characters are drawn from actual persons and fictitious names were given to certain characters who existed but whose actual names remain unknown. See more »

Connections

Edited into Death Ship (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Poem by James Thomson (1700-1748)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne) (1710-1778)
(Heard when the Titanic casts off from Southampton)
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Realism meets fantasy seemlessly.
15 May 1999 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated film. If you look unbiasedly at it you can see where James Cameron got his inspiration, as some scenes of his Titanic are identical to this version. This is a well crafted film that tries to tightly stick to the point. It is very interesting that David Warner features prominantly in this version & in Cameron's. Why??? This film is very atmospheric & authentic, but unlike Cameron's version, it doesn't have the emotive sentimentality & glamour. Overall, this is an intelligent informative family film, for people who appreciate qualities other than special effects.


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