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Release Date:
23 September 1979 (USA) See more »
The Titanic disaster is depicted, primarily as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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David Janssen ... John Jacob Astor

Cloris Leachman ... Molly Brown

Susan Saint James ... Leigh Goodwin

David Warner ... Laurence Beesley

Ian Holm ... J. Bruce Ismay

Helen Mirren ... Stewardess: May Sloan

Harry Andrews ... Capt. Edward J. Smith
Beverly Ross ... Madeline Astor
David Battley ... Chief Boots: S. Stebbing

Ed Bishop ... Henry Harris
Tony Caunter ... Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
Nicholas Davies ... Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness ... Catholic Priest: Father Byles

Jerry Houser ... Dan Marvin
Victor Langley ... Band Leader: Wallace Hartley

Gerard McSorley ... Martin Gallagher
John Moffatt ... Benjamin Guggenheim

Aubrey Morris ... Steward: John Hart
Martin Murphy ... Bugle Boy: Peter Fletcher
Nancy Nevinson ... Ida Straus
Philip O'Sullivan ... David Charters

Robert Pugh ... James Farrell

Maurice Roëves ... Leading Stoker: Fred Barret (as Maurice Roeves)
Norman Rossington ... Master-at-Arms: T. King
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Thomas Andrews
Gordon Whiting ... Isidor Straus
Paul Young ... First Officer: Joseph Murdoch
Peter Bourke ... Assistant Wireless Operator: Harold Bride
Shevaun Briars ... Katie Gilnagh

Nick Brimble ... Olaus Abelseth
Jacob Brooke ... 2nd Class Steward: John Hardy
Catherine Byrne ... Bridget Bradley

Warren Clarke ... 4th Officer: Joseph G. Boxhall
Deborah Fallender ... Mary Marvin
Lise Hilboldt ... Rene Harris
Kate Howard ... Countess of Rothes
Karl Howman ... 5th Officer: Harold Lowe
Tony Maiden ... Assistant Boots: E.J. Guy
Michele O'Connor ... Kate Mullins

Rynagh O'Grady ... Mary Agatha Glynn
Toni Darling ... Irish Beauty (as Antoinette O'Reilly)
Kevin O'Shea ... Crow's Nest Lookout: Reginald Lee
Dorothea Phillips ... Emma Bucknell

Anna Quayle ... Woman Turkish Bath Attendant: Maude Slocombe
Carolle Rousseau ... Madame de Villiers
Alec Sabin ... Crow's Nest Lookout: Frederick Fleet
Madge Ryan ... Stewardess: Violet Jessop
Ronan Smith ... Daniel Buckley
Malcolm Stoddard ... 2nd Officer: Charles H. Lightoller
Philip Stone ... Capt. Arthur Rostron
Christopher Strauli ... Chief Wireless Operator: Harold Cottam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip Davis ... Crows Nest Lookout (as Philip Davies)

Ian Abercrombie ... Deck steward (uncredited)
Barbara Ewing ... Mrs. Ismay (uncredited)
Peter Fontaine ... Card Player (uncredited)
Norman Gay ... 1st Class Passenger (uncredited)

Tony Haygarth ... Engineer Officer (uncredited)
Anthony Heaton ... Quartermaster Hichens (uncredited)

Barbara Kellerman ... Passenger (uncredited)
Rosemary Leach ... Mrs. Odgen (uncredited)

Arthur Malet ... Librarian (uncredited)
André Maranne ... Michel Navratil (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Disguised Man (uncredited)
Ronnie Stevens ... Doctor McGee - Carpathia (uncredited)
Tony Vogel ... 2nd Officer Jimmy Basset - Carpathia (uncredited)
Nicholas Young ... Jack Thayer (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Hale  (as Billy Hale)
Writing credits
James Costigan (written by)

Produced by
William S. Gilmore .... co-executive producer (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
Roger Gimbel .... executive producer
Lou Morheim .... producer
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer (as Neville Thompson)
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rusty Coppleman 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
Production Design by
Herbert Westbrook 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson 
Set Decoration by
Martin Atkinson 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
Makeup Department
Elaine Bowerbank .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Graham Ford .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ron Coleman .... construction manager
Tommy Ibbetson .... property master
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Frank McEldowney .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Roberts .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robin Gregory .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Jimmy Benson .... special effects (uncredited)
Ricky Farns .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Larner .... gaffer
John Palmer .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe mistress (as Janet Tebrook)
Editorial Department
Michael Connell .... assistant editor
John A. Martinelli .... supervising editor
Music Department
Howard Blake .... conductor (uncredited)
Curt Sobel .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Annunziata Asquith .... assistant: director
Paul Cameron .... production executive
Peter Elford .... location manager
Alan Goatman .... executive consultant: producer
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Andrew Mitchell .... executive consultant: producer
Brenda Loader .... continuity: second unit (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
180 min (including commercials) | USA:102 min (DVD version)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Christopher Strauli says on his website he was originally cast as Laurence Beesley but this was changed when an older actress was cast as Beesley's love interest. Strauli was cast in a more minor role.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Movie Connections:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining and evocative, 19 June 2002
Author: dosifei from New York

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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