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Raise the Titanic -- An underwater race to salvage the Titanic and its vital defence cargo. Adapted from Clive Cussler's international best-seller, the story follows the exploits of American special agent Dirk Pitt, as he sets out to recover vital material from the Titanic which could make the US impregnable to atomic attack.


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Adam Kennedy (screenplay)
Eric Hughes (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1 August 1980 (USA) See more »
They've found the Titanic. There's just one thing left to do... See more »
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A special film with problems but overall a unique experience See more (71 total) »


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Jason Robards ... Admiral James Sandecker

Richard Jordan ... Dirk Pitt

David Selby ... Dr. Gene Seagram

Anne Archer ... Dana Archibald

Alec Guinness ... John Bigalow

Bo Brundin ... Captain Prevlov

M. Emmet Walsh ... Master Chief Vinnie Walker

J.D. Cannon ... Captain Joe Burke

Norman Bartold ... Admiral Kemper

Elya Baskin ... Marganin

Dirk Blocker ... Merker
Robert Broyles ... Willis

Paul Carr ... CIA Director Nicholson

Michael C. Gwynne ... Bohannon
Harvey Lewis ... Kiel
Charles Macaulay ... General Dale Busby
Stewart Moss ... Koplin

Michael Pataki ... Munk
Marvin Silbersher ... Soviet Ambassador Antonov

Mark L. Taylor ... Spence
Maurice Kowalewski ... Dr. Silverstein
Nancy Nevinson ... Sarah Martindale
Trent Dolan ... Isbell
Paul Tuerpe ... Klink
Sander Vanocur ... Commentator
Ken Place ... Drummer

Michael Ensign ... Lieutenant Northacker
Craig Shreeve ... Gunther
Brendan Burns ... Carter
Jonathan Moore ... Captain Parotkin
George Whiteman ... Beck
Hilly Hicks ... Woodson
Mike Kulcsar ... Russian Sentry
Alexander Firsow ... Sloyuk
Mark Hammer ... Polevoi
Ron David ... Reporter #2
Franchelle Stewart Dorn ... Reporter #3

Jon-Claire Lee ... Reporter #4 (as Claire Lee)

Norvell McDonald ... Reporter #5
Jim Scopelitis ... Reporter #6
Gabrielle DeCuir ... Reporter #7 (as Gabrielle DeCuir-Carr)
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot
Bert Drake ... Helicopter Passenger
Nicos Savalas ... Welch
Roy Evans ... Gravedigger #1
Tom Curnow ... Gravedigger #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clive Cussler ... Bearded Reporter (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... Safe Cutter (uncredited)
Candyce Martin ... Extra (uncredited)
Nik Mescherski ... Man at Soviet Embassy (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... News Conference Reporter (uncredited)
Milton Selzer ... Dr. Vogel (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Jameson 
Writing credits
Adam Kennedy (screenplay)

Eric Hughes (adaptation)

Clive Cussler (novel)

Produced by
William Frye .... producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Lew Grade .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert F. Shugrue 
J. Terry Williams 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
John DeCuir  (as John F. Decuir)
Art Direction by
John DeCuir Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
Makeup Department
Cherie .... hair stylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Ramon Gow .... makeup artist: Europe
Robin Grantham .... makeup artist: Europe
Production Management
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production supervisor: Europe (as Malcolm Christopher)
Robin S. Clark .... production manager (as Robin Clark)
Dimitri Dimitriadis .... production manager: Greece
Nikos Doukas .... assistant production manager: Greece (as Nicos Doucas)
Ray Frift .... production manager: Malta
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Chavez .... second assistant director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director (as Scott Easton)
Bruce Hanson .... third assistant director
Mike Higgins .... first assistant director: miniature unit
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Mickey Moore)
Roy P. Stevens .... second assistant director: U.K., Greece
James A. Westman .... first assistant director (as Jim Westman)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (as Larry Bird)
Raphael Bretton .... set decorator: Washington, D.C. (as Raphael Breton)
Susan Carsello .... lead person
Dick Frift .... construction coordinator: Europe
Hank Kentop .... supervisor of construction
Daniel Maltese .... set designer
Peg McClellan .... illustrator
Ian Whittaker .... set decorator: Europe
Ken Zimmerman .... property master
Sylvan Zimmerman .... supervising painter
Ken Marschall .... model designer (uncredited)
Tayie Rehem .... scenic painter (uncredited)
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
Frank White .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dean Gilmore .... production sound mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Glen Lambert .... boom operator
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer: Europe (as John Mitchell)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator: Europe
Ross Taylor .... sound effects editor
Bill Thiederman .... Glen Glen P.A.P. Systems (as R. William Thiederman)
Robert Thirlwell .... re-recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (as William H. Wistrom)
Special Effects by
Ricou Browning .... director: model unit, Malta
Jimmy Thomson .... special effects
Alex Weldon .... special effects supervisor
Alan Barnard .... special effects (uncredited)
David Beavis .... special effects (uncredited)
Ron Cartwright .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mario Cassar .... special effects foreman: Malta (uncredited)
Tony Dunsterville .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Evans .... special effects (uncredited)
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician (uncredited)
David Harris .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
John Morris .... special effects (uncredited)
John Richardson .... special effects (uncredited)
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects electronics (uncredited)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician: miniature unit (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael McMillen .... model maker
John Richardson .... model and mechanical effects supervisor: Europe
Wally Veevers .... matte effect supervisor: Europe
Tad Krzanowski .... model effects (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera
John Baron .... key gaffer
Jack Cooperman .... director of photography: full size underwater inserts
Alan Gornick .... underwater cinematographer (as Allan Gornick Jr.)
Bruce Hill .... high speed cinematographer: Malta
Bill Johnson .... camera operator
John C. Kirk .... key grip
Dennis Matsuda .... first assistant camera
Stan McClain .... assistant camera: aerial unit
Patrick E. McGinness .... second assistant camera
Rexford L. Metz .... director of photography: second unit (as Rex Metz)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant cameraman: second unit
Jeff Paynter .... second unit focus puller
Robert Steadman .... director of photography: model unit, Malta (as Bob Steadman)
John Tythe .... gaffer: Europe
Doug Willis .... key grip
Arthur Wooster .... director of photography: additional sequences, Europe
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor (as John Anderson)
Dianne Cohoon .... wardrobe (as Diane Cohoon)
Editorial Department
Martin Chielens .... assistant editor
Location Management
Philip Morris .... assistant location manager
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Washington, D.C.
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Donald R. Casella .... transportation captain (as Don Casella)
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... manager of production accounting
Ricou Browning Jr. .... marine crew
Ron Cook .... production accountant: Europe
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef
Richard Dixon .... production auditor (as Dick Dixon)
Mike Higgins .... unit location manager
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... studio utility
Miriam Holder Jacobs .... production secretary (as Miriam Jacobs)
Don Keach .... technical advisor
Gene Kraft .... title designer
Manuel Louis .... boat master (as Manny Louis)
Nancy Mayer .... production coordinator
Marilyse Morgan .... production assistant: Greece and Malta
Donald L. Nobles .... technical coordinator (as Don Nobles)
Stefano Priori .... location accountant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (as Ray Quiros)
Paul Taylor .... key production runner: UK: Malta: Greece
Don Walsh .... technical advisor
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist
Callum McDougall .... production runner (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
115 min | Canada:113 min (Ontario) | Australia:119 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

In the Cussler novels, Pitt is an active duty major in the USAF. In the movie Pitt is a retired Captain in the USN. Perhaps to avoid confusing viewers in this nautical themed movie, Pitts' military background was altered.See more »
Factual errors: Sandecker tells Pitt that they "got all the stuff from the White Star Line; engineering drawings and a complete structural design for the Titanic." White Star Line merged with Cunard Line in 1934, becoming Cunard White Star, Ltd. By the end of 1949, Cunard acquired the rest of White Star's assets, and changed its name back to Cunard. No ship has flown the White Star flag since 1968. Furthermore, at the time of the film's production the blueprints and drawings for the Olympic and Titanic were believed to have been destroyed when the Luftwaffe bombed the Belfast shipyards during WWII. A surviving set of structural blueprints for the Olympic class was discovered in the late 1990s.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A special film with problems but overall a unique experience, 6 June 2012
Author: breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com from United States

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, 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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