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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Edward J. Smith
David Battley ...
Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
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Henry Harris
Tony Caunter ...
Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
Nicholas Davies ...
Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness ...
Catholic Priest: Father Byles
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Dan Marvin
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John Jacob Astor
Victor Langley ...
Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
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Martin Gallagher
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Benjamin Guggenheim
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Steward: John Hart
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Ida Straus
Philip O'Sullivan ...
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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Re-edit of the two hour and twenty minute television movie S.O.S. Titanic (1979). This is the version that was released theatrically in some countries, and is now widely available on DVD. The original television version has never had an official release anywhere. See more »

Goofs

The Titanic's distress rockets were actually fired singly, not two at a time as depicted. 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 »

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I'm Falling In Love With Someone
(uncredited)
by Victor Herbert & Rida Johnson Young
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SOS Titanic Was Not THAT Bad!
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, ANY Titanic film is going to be crushed by Cameron's version of this disaster! Not for its story line, but for its incredible attention to detail and its use of special effects. When this movie was made(1979)there was still so many mysteries about the sinking. Granted, the creativity is strained and the DVD version is hideously chopped and edited poorly, but the television version (I still have a tape of it from ABC when it aired again in 1981) is much clearer and the characters are not so 'rushed' through the plot. I do agree that Jansen did a sloppy job of playing Astor, though. Seemed like he always wanted to be somewhere else, however in the television version many of his scenes were redone and he sounds much better. This show marked my beginning with a fascination for the Titanic. I later met survivors in 1987 and for that, I love this movie. It's too bad the television version is not on DVD...it's much, much better.


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