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Raise the Titanic (1980)

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.



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A group of Americans are interested in raising the ill-fated Ocean liner Titanic. One of the team members finds out the Russians also have plans to raise the ship from its watery grave. Why all the interest ? A rare mineral on board could be used to power a sound beam that will knock any missile out of the air when entering us airspace. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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mineral | titanic | ship | military | ocean | See All (71) »


They said that God himself couldn't sink it. Now they say that no man could raise it. See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerre des abîmes  »

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)


$7,000,000 (USA)

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| (Ontario) | (DVD)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stanley Kramer was hired to direct, but quit after two weeks due to "creative differences". See more »


In the film, the Titanic's second funnel is missing. Though no one knew at the time that the ship had lost all 4 funnels when it sank, it was generally known that the first (forward) funnel, not the second one, had toppled over and detached from the ship during the sinking. See more »


Dirk Pitt: We don't go to the mountain... the mountain comes to us!
General Busby: Are you talking about... raising the Titanic?
Dirk Pitt: [hushed] yeah...
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Edited into Voyagers!: Voyagers of the Titanic (1983) See more »

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No way would this pass for a movie today

One of the runaway budgets of 1979-80, along with "1941", "The Blues Brothers", "Star Trek" and "Heaven's Gate", that ended the era of the '70s auteur and ushered in one where studio executives and producers took took the creative reins back.

Problem with the flick seems to be they focused entirely on the maritime hardware and underwater models. No way could a script so devoid of character development get greenlit by Disney or Dreamworks today. For example, they'd have figured a way to make Anne Archer's character relevant (why she's even in this movie I have no idea).

Jordan's good as Pitt. I agree that somebody needs to wrestle the rights free and film three or four of Clive Cussler's books, but the action of this story was confined to the bottom of the Atlantic and was pretty boring.

I won't even touch on how terrible the underwater models are because, that's really a given. The scene where the Titanic is towed back into New York Harbor wasn't bad though.

Interesting example of how much filmmaking has changed in 20 years. You can just imagine the younger cast, sweeping camera movements and digital fx added if this were shot today. This one feels like something translated from book to screen in the 1960s, actually, like Alistair Maclean "Where Eagles Dare". Very epic, very corny, little or no character development.

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