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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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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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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Many scenes were filmed on board or around the famous RMS Queen Mary. See more »

Goofs

When the distress rockets explode in the air, the sound is heard immediately. In fact it would take the sound a few seconds to travel the distances shown. 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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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
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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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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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