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.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Isabella Paradine 2 episodes, 1996
 Bess Allison 2 episodes, 1996
Sonsee Neu ...
Felicity Waterman ...
 Alice Cleaver 2 episodes, 1996
Terence Kelly ...
 Captain Arthur Henry Rostron 2 episodes, 1996
 Madeline Astor 2 episodes, 1996
 Clarinda Jack 2 episodes, 1996
 Black Billy Jack 2 episodes, 1996
 Hudson Allison 2 episodes, 1996
Devon Hoholuk ...
 Lorraine Allison 2 episodes, 1996
 Miss Miller 2 episodes, 1996
Bernard Cuffling ...
 Phillips 2 episodes, 1996
 Mr.Dickie 2 episodes, 1996
 Chief Bell 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Humphreys ...
 First Officer Dean 2 episodes, 1996
 Fourth Officer Boxhall 2 episodes, 1996
 Lulu Foley 2 episodes, 1996
Hagan Beggs ...
 Irish Bunkmate 2 episodes, 1996
Byron Lucas ...
Ron Halder ...
 Second Officer Stone 2 episodes, 1996
Eric Schneider ...
 Third Officer Groves 2 episodes, 1996
Gavin Craig ...
 Wireless Operator 2 episodes, 1996
 Mrs. Strauss 2 episodes, 1996
Peter Haworth ...
 Mr. Strauss 2 episodes, 1996
 Quartermaster Hitchens 2 episodes, 1996
 Ophelia Jack 2 episodes, 1996
 Perry Jack 2 episodes, 1996


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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexual assault and other violent areas | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Титаник  »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


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 »


The Carpathia arrived in New York with the survivors at night (around 9.30 pm) not day. See more »


Second Officer Charles Lightoller: I'm sorry ma'am. Your dog will have to stay behind. And you too sir.
Hazel Foely: Nobody is going to tell me that my Charlie is going to have stay behind!
Second Officer Charles Lightoller: I'm sorry ma'am, your husband will have to stay behind.
Hazel Foely: I'm not talking about my husband! I'm talking about Charlie, I'm not going to leave my poor helpless dog on a sinking ship!
Alden Foley: You can't let these women go alone.
Second Officer Charles Lightoller: You heard me. No men! No dogs!
Hazel Foley: Charlie will stay right here, thank you!
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I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song)
Arranged by Lennie Niehaus
Sung by Felicity Waterman
The nurse maid sings
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Titanic, miniseries vs. theatrical "blockbuster"
13 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to many critics, and people in general, who say with great confidence, "Of course the theatrical version was by far superior, {to the television miniseries}!", I believe in many respects, that this humble, human take on the story, featured some aspects, and yes, even performances, that indeed out-shined those played out in what I consider an extremely overrated, "Let's see how big a "blockbuster" movie James Cameron can make", movie.

I was so moved by the chemistry between, and charisma exuded by CatherineZeta-Jones, and Peter Gallagher, playing "Isabella", and "Wynn".. what a magnificent couple they made.

The story here was so filled with who the people were, how they lived, what they cared about, what their lives had been, and where they were going! My head spun with the meticulous attention payed to even the most infinitesimal details, and the simplicity in which it was told.

The casting, sublime.. with the possible exception of the fact that the inimitable Kathy Bates boarded the other "Titanic".. my favorite part of that version! I felt that each one of these people on board were real people! I felt their struggles, their despair, and their hopes.. their fears, their dreams, and their nightmares.. their great wealth, and their poverty.. I felt swept away to where these actual human beings had been on that fateful day in April, 1912.

The people that they were, noble or ruthless, rich or poor, romantic or hopeless, was all so vividly portrayed, you could feel the pulse of these people's hearts, and each individual's reasoning.. right or wrong. Why they were the way they were was so palpable.. it was quite chilling. You even felt for the dastardly, and yes, despicable, "Simon Doonan", played to perfection by the the irrepressible Tim Curry.. so clever a man, Doonan, with a wealth of talents and knowledge so disastrously wasted, the poor schnook.

I would go to see Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Peter Gallagher any day over Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio, so completely, woefully miscast in the Cameron production.

The only characters I thought were equally superb in BOTH versions, were the players of Captain Smith. The man in the theatrical release.. I had not seen before, and I felt he embodied the legendary captain to an eerie degree, and with incredible insight, bringing to life again the honor, grace and stoic peace-of-mind so often attributed to the real individual. And George C. Scott, well, it just doesn't get any better than that. Performed with his signature passion and intensity, he gave us a heart stopping portrayal of Capt. Smith's quiet dignity to the very last, tragic, historic moment.

I will remember the individual people of this tender, and powerful.. intricate, human, and masterful rendition for the rest of time.

I will be recalling the ringing in my ears I experienced for many months, from the "My HEART Will Go On" song, {at first beautiful}, that went on and on, wailing throughout the theatrical extravaganza, and the grandeur of the sets, and the hype, and the technical bits, and the wonderful Gloria Stuart, {another true highlight, of but a few, in the BIG one}, for a long time to come.

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