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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

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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Drama | History

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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

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

In the late stages of sinking, more than once we see large quantities of water rushing down or spraying across an open-air deck that is still above the sea. 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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Crazy Credits

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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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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Entertaining and evocative
19 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is one of several film versions of the Titanic disaster. While not as meticulous as A Night to Remember, it is superior to Cameron's bloated epic. The film, originally made for television, gives a soap-opera like telling of the lives of those involved in the disaster, focusing on actual persons instead of fictitious ones. While the special effects are not so good, and the use of the Queen Mary as a set is obvious to anyone with a passing familiarity with ships, the script and acting are superb. David Janssen is terrific in one of his last roles as John Jacob Astor. Also excellent is Ian Holm as the ship's owner, Ismay. Holm portrays Ismay as a real man who suffers because of the disaster, not the cartoonish villain other films have made him. Harry Andrews is impressive as Captain Smith, Cloris Leachman definitive as a raucaus Molly Brown (much better than Kathy Bates's flat performance in Titanic), and David Warner is intelligent and understated as Lawrence Beasley. The rest of the women in the cast don't fare quite as well, however. Susan St. James is pretty wooden as Warner's fictional love interest, and Beverly Ross doesn't do much more than sigh and worry as Madeleine Astor.

The score for the film is extremely well-done and is one of the best assets

of the movie.

Don't expect pinpoint accuracy about the details of the disaster, but by all means, if you like a good melodrama and are interested in the Titanic, check this film out.


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