Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  1 August 1980 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Gene Seagram
Dana Archibald
John Bigalow
Captain Prevlov
Master Chief Vinnie Walker
Captain Joe Burke
Admiral Kemper
Robert Broyles ...
CIA Director Nicholson
Harvey Lewis ...


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  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)


$7,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A model of the Titanic was built for $350,000. When it was finished, it was too big for its tank. A bigger tank had to be built, for $6 million. This tank could hold forty million liters of water and it was built next to the existing smaller tank which had been used for the production of a number of movies. Reportedly, the total cost of $6 million was $1 million more than was the cost to build the original RMS Titanic back around 1912. See more »


When the Titanic sank, its masts and funnels were ripped off and the Grand Staircase's dome imploded. The damage was discovered in 1985, when the wreck was found. It was unknown when the film was released in 1980, and when the novel was published in 1976. See more »


Dr. Gene Seagram: Dirk Pitt... What kind of name is that? Sounds like a pirate.
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Edited into Voyagers!: Voyagers of the Titanic (1983) See more »

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It was a dream - they raised it! See it for what it is!
10 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

I have never understood the degree of ire, dislike, contempt and scorn heaped upon this movie. A multi million dollar turkey at the box office which virtually sank Lord Lew Grade and one that has provided film critics with cheap laughs ever since. I sit here this morning, having sat through ZOOLANDER last night, watching a complacent, pre-programmed brain-dead audience guffaw itself senseless, contributing another truck load of dollars to Ben Stiller's superannuation fund and you know, I wonder about RAISE THE TITANIC. What has happened to sentiment, simplicity, the ultimately simple values in life?

Sure, RAISE THE TITANIC captures none of the power of Cussler's novel, but I don't really care! Yeah, they got the funnel configuration shot to hell, the underwater model as it surfaces looks much like the little rubber boat I used to play with in the bath as a child, and David Selby has the animal magnetism of Osama bin Laden, but I'd like to tell you something. Perhaps because I maintained a fascination with the TITANIC ever since I was a child and dreamed of just how it must have been that night, when watching that absolutely awesome scene in RAISE THE TITANIC as the great ship broke the surface I have never in my life been so emotionally moved. Tears just ran down my face and I cried like a child. When I got home that night my wife asked me what was wrong. I couldn't talk about it and was never able to explain, and you people reading this want to believe it, I am the absolute last guy you would consider to be a wuss! How anyone could have witnessed that scene in the theater and NOT been moved I could never understand.

So many memorable things in the film. Titanic survivor, Sir Alec Guinness' touching cameo in the pub when he gives Dirk Pitt (the late Richard Jordan) the white star flag that he removed from the stern the night the great ship foundered, and which he wanted replaced if they were ever to raise it from the bottom of the Atlantic. The inarguably realistic scene when Jordan and his crew members finally discover the wreck on the bottom, played out against John Barry's ultimately moving musical score, the best he wrote for ANY film. The external shots of the ship once it has been raised (Way better I thought than Cameron's digitised TITANIC) and the internal shots of the gymnasium still dripping with water. Finally, the wonderful scenes as it is towed into New York harbor to complete its (then) 68-year journey. True, the last twenty minutes or so were all downhill, but nothing can detract from what went before.

Worst thing they ever did was to FIND the wreck! A dream died that day!

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