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Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  1 August 1980 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Gene Seagram
Dana Archibald
John Bigalow
Captain Prevlov
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Admiral Kemper
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CIA Director Nicholson
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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 <>

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mineral | titanic | ship | military | ocean | See All (71) »


They've found the Titanic. There's just one thing left to do... See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerre des abîmes  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)


$7,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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This film was shot in 1978 but did not launch into theaters until 1980, a production period that spanned around two-and-a-half years, similar to that of Titanic (1997). As such, the film was first released about four years afters its source novel "Raise the Titanic!" by Clive Cussler was first published in 1976. The book was Cussler's first best-seller. The film's title drops the exclamation mark from the book's title. See more »


In the film, the Titanic is towed to New York from mid-ocean by harbor tugs, not ocean tugs. The towing methods are meant for harbors and other relatively calm waters, and would be very dangerous at sea. See more »


[last lines]
Dr. Gene Seagram: What's so funny?
Dirk Pitt: Eh... I knew a girl once.
Dr. Gene Seagram: I'll bet you did.
Dirk Pitt: Years later I ran into her again, she says "What happened to you? I thought you were going to change the world."
Dr. Gene Seagram: What'd you say?
Dirk Pitt: I said they had me outnumbered.
Dr. Gene Seagram: Is that my lesson for the day?
Dirk Pitt: [laughs] No more lessons, no more lectures.
Dr. Gene Seagram: You mean school's out?
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"The movie equivalent of the Millennium Dome!"
28 April 2004 | by (Poole, Dorset) – See all my reviews

US Naval Intelligence attempts to raise the Titanic, the ocean-liner that sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. It is believed that her cargo contains rare minerals that will enable the Americans to perfect a defense system completely resistant to enemy missiles.

A film which cost $40,000,000 to make, was hyped as a blockbuster and then tripped the flop fantastic when it took a lousy $7,000,000 at the box-office. Hardly surprising because it is very thinly plotted (there's barely enough plot to make a b-movie), the acting is indifferent and above all it's just an unbearably tedious way of passing the time. It really does make one wonder why they spent so much time and money making so very little. I would place this on my list of movies that I love to hate when I call it the movie equivalent of the Millennium Dome, and just to add to the insult, they should have put sprocket holes on all the hype and thrown the picture away.

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