S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Battley ...
Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
Henry Harris
Tony Caunter ...
Nicholas Davies ...
Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness ...
Catholic Priest: Father Byles
Dan Marvin
Victor Langley ...
Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
John Moffatt ...
Martin Murphy ...
Bugle Boy: Peter Fletcher
Nancy Nevinson ...
Philip O'Sullivan ...
David Charters


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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Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Titanikos  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


David Warner also appeared in Time Bandits (1981) (which features a scene aboard the Titanic) and Titanic (1997). See more »


Most of the exterior scenes were filmed aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Even though the Queen Mary resembles the Titanic in a generic sense, one noticeable difference between the two liners is the color of the funnels. The Queen Mary's funnels are 'Cunard Red' (a deep reddish-orange hue) with black bands, while the Titanic's were 'White Star buff' (a creamy yellow tone) and not banded. This obviously could not be helped when filming scenes on-deck aboard the Queen Mary, where the banded orange funnels are prominently visible. However, the visual FX shots of the Titanic model, including the colorized footage from A Night To Remember (1958), as well as the Boat Deck set seen during the sinking scenes, show the Titanic's funnels in the proper yellow color. (In addition, the Queen Mary has three funnels where the Titanic had four, but this is not apparent from any shots in the film.) See more »

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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 »


Version of In Night and Ice (1912) See more »


Rule Britannia
Poem by James Thomson (1700-1748)
Music by Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
(Heard when the Titanic casts off from Southampton)
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One of most intelligent of Titanic films
26 September 1998 | by (San Antonio, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This take on the "Titanic" falls into the "docudrama" category with only a few invented characters; most of the others are the canonical Titanic personnel. I particularly liked the dramatic device of having two second class passengers acting as a sort of "Greek chorus," commenting on events there, above and below. Most Titanic films concentrate on first and sometimes third classes, but virtually everyone ignores "the middle." By using mainly historical characters, the story has a real poignancy, but more focus than on the more famous "A Night to Remember."

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