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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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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The initial screenplay by Eric Hughes followed the original book much more closely than the finished film did. Original director Stanley Kramer disliked Hughes's screenplay however, feeling that it was too politicized and its version of Dirk Pitt wasn't likable enough to be a hero, and so hired Adam Kennedy to rewrite the screenplay into a more traditional adventure film. Despite Clive Cussler making it known that he preferred Hughes's version of the script, Lew Grade felt that Kennedy's version had more box office potential, and proceeded into filming with that script when he took over the project. See more »

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When Dana Archibald runs into Pitt on the street, the traffic behind her alternates between flowing and stopped. See more »

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Dirk Pitt: We don't go to the mountain... the mountain comes to us!
General Busby: Are you talking about... raising the Titanic?
Dirk Pitt: [hushed] yeah...
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pretty good
2 July 2002 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Special effects in 1980 weren't what they are in 2002 obviously. This film is rather laughable in terms of pyrotechnics when you compare it to, let us say James Cameron's film (by the way this film was made five years before they found the real Titanic so they had no way of knowing the ship broke in two before it went down). I saw this film as a kid and enjoyed it (I enjoy anything having to do with the Titanic). I remember that summer of 1980 there was a big ad build up for it, the last great human adventure is about to begin. This is a good suspense film, although they would have been better off following Cussler's novel more closely especially in character develpment. Cussler was reportedly so angry at this film he forbid them to make anymore from his novels which is a damn shame. Dirk Pitt is a fine hero in the James Bond mold. The scene where the ship is "raised" is handled rather well. I read something that was kind of funny, the producers spent a fortune building an elaborate studio tank for the model they "raised" then found out they didn't make it big enough. Anne Archer is rather wasted in this film, shes a fine actress who deserved better. The great Alec Guiness has an amusing cameo. He was always such a loveable old ham.


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