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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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Captain Prevlov
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Merker
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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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Trivia

The film's failure is credited with bringing about the demise of Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment (it survived until 1998, and acquisition by Polygram and then Universal, but as a shell of its' former self). See more »

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At the end of the film the US naval personnel enter Cargo Hold No. 9 and find the safe which is supposed to contain the Byzanium, only to discover that the safe only contains boxes of gravel. The safe is fully intact and someone announces that it is "water-tight" (which is convenient no doubt). Never the less, a water tight safe at 12,000 feet down in the Ocean would have been crushed like an empty beer can. Subs that operate at that depth (like Alvin) have spherical hulls specially designed with 3 inches of seamless titanium. The safe we see in the movie is a steel box whose door is braced with a small piece of angle iron even. The safe could have survived, but only if water entered it in order to equalize the pressure. If the safe was indeed water tight, it would implode. See more »

Quotes

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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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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