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.
On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened "Titanic 2," follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship's ... See full summary »
Shane Van Dyke
Shane Van Dyke,
The construction of the RMS Titanic at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast against the background of union riots, political and religious conflicts, and a romance between a young ambitious engineer and an Italian immigrant.
Titanica reveals the clearest motion pictures ever captured of the Titanic. Witness startling images of the long-lost ruin contrasted with never-before-seen 1912 archival photos showing her... See full summary »
The plot focuses on the romances of two couples upon the doomed ship's maiden voyage. Isabella Paradine (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a wealthy woman mourning the loss of her aunt, who reignites a romance with former flame Wynn Park (Peter Gallagher). Meanwhile, a charming ne'er-do-well named Jamie Perse (Mike Doyle) steals a ticket for the ship, and falls for a sweet innocent Irish girl on board. But their romance is threatened by the villainous Simon Doonan (Tim Curry), who has discovered about the ticket and makes Jamie his unwilling accomplice, as well as having sinister plans for the girl. Written by
The lines Captain Smith recites on the bridge, "Low, low, breathe and blow / Wind of the western sea / Over the rolling waters go / Come from the dying moon, and blow" are from the poem "The Princess: Sweet and Low" by Alfred Lord Tennyson. See more »
When instructing the wireless operators to send a distress call to other ships, Smith erroneously describes the CQD call as "Come Quickly, Distress". See more »
If you're one of the few people who haven't seen James Cameron's "Titanic" (that stole all Oscars, including undeserved theme song in 1997), see this movie first. It's so much better than the mega-budget copycat. You'll notice how Cameron tried to imitate many of the scenes in this film and failed. Acting is superb, unlike DiCaprio and Winslet whose acting skills amount to very realistic spitting overboard. I was lucky and saw this movie on TV before I saw Cameron's "Titanic" and immediately could see the difference which was not in favor of Cameron. I can't believe that the guy who directed "Terminator", "True Lies" and many other of my favorite films actually was behind this cinematic disaster.
Anyway. I'll comment on that movie later. Right now I wanna tell you this. Perhaps these guys didn't have a billion dollar budget to play with, but the end product came out perfect. Catherine Zeta-Jones is awesome; her character is complex, vulnerable, and endearing. You absolutely fall in love with the characters and leave your modern life behind and become part of theirs. At least for the duration of the film... How long is that? I didn't notice. Time flies when you have a good movie to watch.
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