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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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Dr. Gene Seagram
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John Bigalow
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Captain Prevlov
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Master Chief Vinnie Walker
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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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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,000,000 (USA)
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Regarding the film's cost, producer Lew Grade famously said "It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic! [Ocean]". In 1996, when the £3.3 million operation to raise the Titanic was abandoned, Grade added: "As I said all those years ago, it would be cheaper to lower the Atlantic than raise the Titanic. It was a terrible tragedy, so many lives were lost, and God knows what else. People said there were diamonds and gold on board, but I never found any. They should let it rest in peace now. You can't do anything about the people that went down in her. It's futile." See more »

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Twice when the explosive probes are placed and armed, the probe being placed is a completely different number than the one armed. See more »

Quotes

Dana Archibald: I'm a dynamite fisher-person. I just can't put the wormy on the hooky.
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Edited into Voyagers!: Voyagers of the Titanic (1983) See more »

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Cussler was Clancy before Clancy was cool
29 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ok, so Raise the Titanic isn't the greatest film ever made, but it's not the worst. Cussler was having Dirk Pitt raise the Titanic and save the world when Tom Clancy was still selling insurance. I wish the film makers had stuck closer to the book, which is part Titanic, part James Bond. It's as if they decided to take the (very) basic plot of the novel and spend about $50 million on a film that looked like about $1.99. The acting is fair considering the script Robards and Jordan had to work with. From an appearance stand point Richard Jordan is Dirk Pitt for me. I can see him in the part. It was just that the part wasn't written for one of Jordan's talent. Read the novel, rent the movie and compare the hatchet job Hollywood did on it. At least they would do better on the next major Titanic movie. Not much consolation to Clive Cussler I'm afraid, but hey that's show biz!


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