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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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Captain Joe Burke
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Admiral Kemper
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Merker
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CIA Director Nicholson
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Harvey Lewis ...
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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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Trivia

In the movie, Pitt reveals his plan to raise the Titanic to a skeptical Admiral Kemper, General Busby, and Director Nicholson aboard the presidential yacht. In real life, the final presidential yacht, USS Sequoia, had been auctioned off two years earlier at the direction of US President Jimmy Carter. When ITC Entertainment asked the State Department for permission to borrow the yacht for filming, a substitute had to be found. A member of Congress suggested the Potomac, a 70-foot vessel launched in 1958 as the Seven Seas by Manitoc, Wisconsin-based Burger Boat Co. Owner Joe Wheeler, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman, had just refitted her at great expense to serve as a floating showroom for the oil and water filtration and security systems manufactured by his company, Wheeler Industries. The film's producers paid US$6,000 (US$17,500 in 2016 dollars) to use the Potomac, and Wheeler donated the money to the Special Olympics. Four months before the movie's release, the Potomac was used to entertain the wives of Israeli president Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat while Begin and Sadat met with President Carter to work on the Camp David Accords, which saw Israel return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. Earlier in her life, the Potomac had belonged to Kleenex fortune heir and race car driver James Kimberly. See more »

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Pitt has just come from a meeting where the secrecy of the mission has been stressed, and the decision is clearly stated that no outsiders should learn about the project. But John Bigalow seems to already know before the news is leaked, and asks Pitt to put back the Titanic's pennant when the ship is raised. See more »

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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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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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