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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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The weapon used by Dirk Pitt during the beginning of the film is a Smith & Wesson M76 9mm submachine gun. See more »


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


John Bigalow: What a lovely thing she was... Standing as high in the water as one of your skyscrapers, longer than two rugby fields, and furnishings to match the finest mansions in England. She was one of a kind, no question about it, and God himself, they said, couldn't sink her. Then in two hours she was gone... and fifteen hundred souls with her.
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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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