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
Duncan Regehr ...
Paul Ryker
Lea McKenzie
Lew Bascomb
George Innes ...
Dave Winter
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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40 years ago it sank, now... Goliath Awaits. See more »






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11 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Goliath - Sensation nach 40 Jahren  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the submersibles at the end is the Alvin, the sub that Bob Ballard first explored Titanic in, when he first discovered the ship in 1986. See more »


Dr. Sam Marlowe: I'm gonna have to help you put this on.
Dr. Goldman: No. I've decided to stay.
Dr. Sam Marlowe: Why?
Dr. Goldman: This will be easier to deal with.
Dr. Sam Marlowe: Easier than livin'?
Dr. Goldman: For me, yes.
Dr. Sam Marlowe: Come on. Get into this. You can always kill yourself later.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Emma Samms (2002) See more »


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Written by George Duning
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A good movie if you can stretch believability
11 March 2004 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone,

I worked on this movie at The Queen Mary (ship) in Long Beach in May of 1981. The crew and cast were fun to be with. I was an extra who was supposed to be a passenger on the Goliath down at the bottom of the ocean. We were all still alive years after the ship sank.

A group of us were taught the dances of the 1920s (Lambeth Walk, Charleston). We worked in the cargo hold of the Queen Mary for some of our scenes. There were good guys and bad guys. Frank Gorshin and Christopher Lee were the villains. Christopher Lee was the Captain who kept the people alive and wanted to stay underwater when the rescuers arrived.

John Carradine was a very pleasant man to work with in his scenes. He had arthritis but he managed to negotiate the stairway that led down into the hold of the ship. Mark Harmon was the hero who arrives to rescue the passengers.

This movie was originally shown over a two night period on TV. It later was packaged as a VHS movie with some scenes edited out, but the short version seems the better and more fast paced of the two.

There is one scene where the music does not match the dancing in the background. Watch for dancers moving at the wrong tempo. The scene was rehearsed at one speed (No music actually is played. The dancers are given a tempo and they dance without music while the dialog is being recorded. The music is inserted later.)and different music was put in for some reason.

I liked the movie but it was not great. It was an interesting idea that will hold your attention for a couple of hours. If you like ship movies, try "Sea Chase" with John Wayne and Lana Turner or "Assault on a Queen" with Frank Sinatra.

Tom Willett

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