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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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Marganin
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Merker
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Willis
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CIA Director Nicholson
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Bohannon
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Storyline

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've found the Titanic. There's just one thing left to do... 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)

Gross:

$7,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When revealing his plan to raise the Titanic, Pitt alludes to the American government having successfully raised "that nuclear sub a couple of years ago". This is a reference to Project Azorian, a CIA project to retrieve the wreck of the Golf II-class Soviet submarine K-129 from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, the project was only a partial success. When the mechanical claw used to raise portions of the sub to the purpose-built retrieval ship Hughes Glomar Explorer failed in the summer of 1974, two thirds of the already-raised debris fell back to the sea floor. A planned follow-up mission to retrieve more of the sub had to be canceled after the Los Angeles Times reported on the story on March 27, 1975, quickly followed by the New York Times. The latter had planned to break the news even earlier in February 1975, but had been dissuaded from doing so by the US government. At the time of Raise the Titanic's release in 1980, very few details of Project Azorian had yet been disclosed to the public, and so it was assumed by many that the project had been more successful than was actually the case. See more »

Goofs

In the still photo montage that opens the movie prior to the main titles, a photo supposedly depicting the fictional cornet player "Graham Farley" (there was no brass in the Titanic's small string band) is actually from a 1917 publicity shot of The Original Dixieland Jass[sic] Band featuring cornetist Dominic "Nick" LaRocca. 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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Why Cussler Doesn't Do Movies
31 August 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Inexplicably bad adaption of Clive Cussler's novel, the failure of this movie may be in its focus on an actual historical event. Most of Cussler's novels revolve around odd sinkings and lost-at-sea type events: perhaps this movie couldn't stand up to the scrutiny that accompanies any Titanic -based project. Richard Jordan is badly miscast (as is Jason Robards). Cussler's novels would make excellent Bond-type big budget movies in the right hands, but here Jerry Jameson and the writers managed to suck anything interesting out of Cussler's entertaining original work.


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