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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  23 September 1979 (USA)
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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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David Battley ...
Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
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Henry Harris
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Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness ...
Catholic Priest: Father Byles
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Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
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Bugle Boy: Peter Fletcher
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Philip O'Sullivan ...
David Charters
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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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O Titanikos  »

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First film of Robert Pugh. See more »

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John Jacob Astor did not have Lincolnesque whiskers as portrayed by David Janssen in the film. Astor's only facial hair was a mustache. The reason for this error is that passenger Stanley May or his brother was famously photographed at the London train station, Waterloo, on April 10 1912 where the Titanic passengers took the Boat Train to the ship at Southampton. The Mays, both of whom had whiskers, traveled as far as Queenstown Ireland, and got off. John Jacob Astor and his wife boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg in France, not in England. See more »

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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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Composed by George A. Barker
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Probably the Best of the Titanic movies!
26 September 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1979, this Titanic film did not have the grand special effects like any other movie. But this movie was shown on cable before National Geographic's premiere airing of Titanic when it was discovered by Bob Ballard. Well, this is my favorite Titanic film anyway. No, it is really an average movie but I always connect to that Sunday night memory when I first witnessed Titanic underwater and before most people were aware of it. I was thirteen and with my new vcr. I taped and saved the movie and the Titanic special. The special effects were nothing special. Strong acting from Susan St. James, Cloris Leachman, and Helen Mirren with a very small role. Helen's May Sloane says to Thomas Andrews, the ship's builder, "there will be many questions?" That scene in the smoking lounge is also a poignant since she is the last to see the man who built her and die with her. In the last moments of the ship, men knelt in prayer. What I will always take from this film is the ending. An ending which signified the true meaning of the disaster. The end of the film takes place in the following Monday morning on the Carpathia with all the survivors and the silence. Watching Susan St. James with her male companion was riveting. They were two second class passengers who lost no loved one from the disaster. At the last scene, Mrs. Astor is greeted by a Carpathian passenger who offers "it was God's will. You must move on. Coffee?" Mrs. AStor replies "No coffee, no God either. God went down with the Titanic." That was the last line of the movie. The last shot is over the water and the chairs with Titanic floating. There are other pieces of Titanic debris. But the debris represented the people which is enough for most squeamish viewers. The last film of Titanic filmed before the discovery. No, it's not Cameron. But it's a resolution. Something missing in the Cameron version.


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