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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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Dr. Gene Seagram
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Dana Archibald
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John Bigalow
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Captain Prevlov
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Marganin
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Merker
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Willis
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Bohannon
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Kiel
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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) »

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


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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

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La guerre des abîmes  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Due to this picture's failure at the box-office, the movie has been cited as one of the reasons that Lew Grade withdrew from the movie business. Grade originally turned down the project, but after the original director left and the script was re-written, Grade saw the film as the start of a potential James Bond-like franchise with lead character Dirk Pitt and subsequently bought the rights. See more »

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The Titanic broke in two as it sank, and the stern section suffered major structural damage, perhaps due to implosion from water pressure. However, those facts were only discovered when the ship's remains were found in 1985. Eyewitness testimony soon after the sinking was conflicting. In 1980, it was generally accepted that the Titanic sank intact. See more »

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John Bigalow: [Holds Titanic's pennant] I took the pennant off her before she went down.
[Hands it over to Pitt]
John Bigalow: If you manage to bring her up again, maybe you'd put it back where it belongs.
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Guilty Pleasure
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theatre, and I remember enjoying it. I knew it was a financial failure, but over the years since I've been surprise by the hatred it has generated. Long before Robert Ballard, finding the Titanic and possibly raising it was a dream I shared with a lot of Titanic fans. Clive Cussler wrote a pulpy but entertaining book on the subject, and I thought the story was made into a pulpy, but entertaining movie. I liked the cast: Richard Jordan, David Selby (I'm a Dark Shadows fan also...hoots of derision), Jason Robards and Anne Archer. Now, however, I have to watch a fading print under cover of darkness to avoid more hoots of derision! I've read that there is excised footage that might help the storyline. I'd buy a directors cut DVD, and have a "Raise the Titanic" party. It's only an entertainment, not a work of art.


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