Goliath Awaits (1981)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama  |  11 November 1981 (USA)
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During World War II the passenger liner "Goliath" is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cabot
John McKenzie
Adm. Wiley Sloan
Ronald Bentley
Dr. Sam Marlowe
Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk
Dan Wesker
Dr. Goldman
Sen. Oliver Bartholomew
Mrs. Bartholomew
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Paul Ryker
Lea McKenzie
Lew Bascomb
George Innes ...
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Lori Lethin ...


During World War II the passenger liner "Goliath" is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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11 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Goliath - Sensation nach 40 Jahren  »

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Underwater scenes of the sonar pod and the pod descending from the hull of the research vessel at the beginning of the movie are taken from the film "The Enemy Below". See more »


John McKenzie: I propose a deal. If your admiral will call off this ill-advised rescue mission, I will deliver this packet to you immediately.
Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk: Otherwise?
John McKenzie: Otherwise, I will reveal its contents to the entire world.
Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk: Mr. McKenzie, you're a great man, sir. A lesser man could never have done what you've done and hold it all together as long as you have. However, your bargain is beneath contempt. The President of the United States will reject it. Admiral Sloan will reject it. And I for them, here and now, reject it.
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Edited from The Last Voyage (1960) See more »


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Written by George Duning
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24 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it originally aired as a 2-part TV movie. I really enjoyed the premise of people forming their own society while trapped in a sunken ocean liner for a generation. The moral theme about society despising the Nazis but still becoming fascist is also good. Christopher Lee and Frank Gorshin play very intriguing characters. Alex Cord, Jean Marsh, John Carradine and Eddie Albert make great supporting actors as well. Mark Harmon is okay as the hero. (Ironically, he appeared in another sunken ship film: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.) The film also has one of Duncan Regehr's early roles, before he went on to roles in "Wizards & Warriors" and "V". Emma Samms is charming as a girl who grew up in the ship. http://tinyurl.com/cwcqarv She would later gain fame as Fallon Colby on "Dynasty".

The first half of the story explains the history of the ship and how it is found. There's a really shocking scene where the first diver enters the old sunken ship and we see barely see through his foggy diving mask that there are living people on board! The hauntingly iconic image of a diver seeing the lovely Emma Thompson's face through a watery porthole was used in the commercials for the movie and when the movie itself cut to commercial breaks.

The second half of the film deals with the cultural and political implications for this isolated society which has been stuck in 1930s culture. They have adapted their lifestyle and morals to survive. Do they want to be rescued?

After many years of searching for a video release, I was able to catch film on TV again, but it was HORRIBLY edited to make it 60 minutes shorter. The film was obviously sped up and many lines and dramatic pauses had been removed, which totally messed up the acting and script. It's hardly worth seeing if it's not the full 3 hour version.

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