The story of the 1912 sinking of the largest luxury liner ever built, the tragedy that befell over two thousand of the rich and famous as well as of the poor and unknown passengers aboard the doomed ship.
George C. Scott,
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
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It wasn't the only flop he had at the time, but it was the biggest, and its failure pretty much ended Lew Grade's career as a movie producer; the other one was Can't Stop the Music (1980), produced by EMI the record company, which had been trying to break into movie making much like Grade (to the point that they had formed a joint venture called Associated Film Distribution for American releasing); both the movies flopped so badly, that Grade and EMI's film divisions, and by extension, AFD all sunk, with the remaining backlog of releases sold to Universal (who would, of course, acquire ITC's shell by the late 90s, while the EMI library, via Cannon, ended up with StudioCanal, and hence Universal distributes those as well). See more »
When Deep Quest gets trapped in the Titanic's skylight, the other submarine changes from the Sea Cliff to the Turtle and back. See more »
One of the runaway budgets of 1979-80, along with "1941", "The Blues Brothers", "Star Trek" and "Heaven's Gate", that ended the era of the '70s auteur and ushered in one where studio executives and producers took took the creative reins back.
Problem with the flick seems to be they focused entirely on the maritime hardware and underwater models. No way could a script so devoid of character development get greenlit by Disney or Dreamworks today. For example, they'd have figured a way to make Anne Archer's character relevant (why she's even in this movie I have no idea).
Jordan's good as Pitt. I agree that somebody needs to wrestle the rights free and film three or four of Clive Cussler's books, but the action of this story was confined to the bottom of the Atlantic and was pretty boring.
I won't even touch on how terrible the underwater models are because, that's really a given. The scene where the Titanic is towed back into New York Harbor wasn't bad though.
Interesting example of how much filmmaking has changed in 20 years. You can just imagine the younger cast, sweeping camera movements and digital fx added if this were shot today. This one feels like something translated from book to screen in the 1960s, actually, like Alistair Maclean "Where Eagles Dare". Very epic, very corny, little or no character development.
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