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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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Once they said God himself couldn't sink her. Then they said no man on earth could reach her. Now - you will be there when we Raise The Titanic See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerre des abîmes  »

Box Office


$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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Clive Cussler: reporter during a press conference See more »


Bigalow orders a pink gin, which is prepared by warming a brandy glass with your hands, adding a few drops of Angostura Bitters, shaking them out, then adding a single or double optic measure of gin. The glass would never be so full or so richly colored. See more »


Bohannon: [Deep Quest is trapped in Titanic's rigging] C'mon baby... C'mon you pretty little thing... Get your daddy out of this!
Bohannon: [after trying in vain to free Deep Quest, which remains stuck... hushed voice] Shit!
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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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