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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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Dana Archibald
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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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La guerre des abîmes  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,000,000 (USA)
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The film was released about 68 years after the RMS Titanic sunk in 1912, and about 17 years before James Cameron's Oscar winning film Titanic (1997). This film's critical and commercial failure caused some initial doubt around the development of Cameron's film. See more »

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Bigalow tells Pitt the byzanium was carried in "cargo hold number nine," and that Brewster had forced Bigalow to take him there. The Titanic had only two numbered cargo holds, plus the mail hold. See more »

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Dirk Pitt: You don't look like a scientist.
Dr. Gene Seagram: What's a scientist supposed to look like?
Dirk Pitt: I don't know... but if I saw you on the street I'd probably take you for a country club tennis pro. I'd never take you for a scientist.
Dr. Gene Seagram: Well that makes us even. I'd never take you for a pirate.
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A special film with problems but overall a unique experience
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are films that are bad, and there ones that look bad, but hold value to them not everyone sees. Raise the Titanic, was loosely based off a novel by Clive Cussler. It is a race between the Americans and Russians trying to obtain a rare mineral that could decide who becomes the top world power. To do this, they must salvage the mineral from the Titanic. The only way to do this is by raising the Titanic; ergo the main titles. This may turn off people because the whole plot line is given away, but that shouldn't be something to squander over. It should be more of what is looked forward to. This film has a lot of good stuff in it.

Starring as the main character of Cussler's stories, is Dirk Pitt, played by Richard Jordan. I can't say Jordan is the best choice but he's definitely not bad either. Jordan at least gives the character of Pitt some attitude that comes with the territory. For the most part, the entire film stays faithful to the paperback material. All the characters are in there, along with the most important scenes. One might say that this movie was thought to perform well because Alec Guinness, best known as Obi-Wan Kenobi, from Star Wars, plays a character as well in the story.

On a side note, a particular element that could have been left out of story was the relationship between Gene and Dana Seagram. The same goes for the book but the way the situation was handled here was half-baked. From beginning to the midway point, there were various scenes that show strains on these two characters' marital status and then out of nowhere,...it stops. They get into an argument and Gene temporarily leaves Dana but the issue is never resolved. So why have it? It doesn't make sense to start something and not finish it. Adam Kennedy and Eric Hughes wrote the screenplay; so my question is, who skimmed over this part? Also some people may think the story drags but it all builds up to good ending.

Besides this, there are multiple things to find enjoyable in this movie. First, the special effects. Of course it's "1980" special effects but none the less they are a sight to look at. From the submarines, to the Titanic itself, the props look really authentic. It's when the Titanic is brought to the surface that the view is beautiful. Although audiences may be annoyed to find out that the Titanic is in one piece. But what do you expect? The novel and this film where produced years before the Titanic was even discovered. It's fiction anyway, so why be so critical on accuracy when practically this whole film is inaccurate in real life?

One of the most wondrous moments that takes place in this film is when Dirk Pitt enters the Titanic when it is above the water. It is truly a sight to behold and all this should do is make each of us just a little hungrier to see the Titanic for ourselves. It's plain epic. Another great aspect to Raise the Titanic is the soundtrack composed and conducted by music veteran John Barry. Barry puts in a lot of good tunes and has a gift for making the Titanic look awesome just for being on screen. His music is that moving and it's almost to the point of being angelic. For those who are skeptical, it's still at least worth a try to view.

Except for a few issues dealing with the script, the film adaptation of Raise the Titanic is respectively a suitable tribute to the White Star Line cruise ship. The effects are dated but they are worthy to be seen as is Barry's score heard.


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