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Did Titanic have a fatal design flaw? This was the question naval architect Roger Long posed after Deep Sea Detectives John Chatterton and Richie Kohler discovered new evidence at Titanic's grave in 2005.
An expedition looks into whether Titanic's hull had a construction design flaw that caused her to break apart. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
John Chatterton ... Himself
Richard Kohler ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Herrmann ... Narrator
Simon Mills ... Himself

Parks Stephenson ... Himself

Directed by
Kirk Wolfinger 
Writing credits
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Rushmore DeNooyer  script

Produced by
Rushmore DeNooyer .... producer
Heeth Grantham .... associate producer
Kirk Wolfinger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Neufeld 
Cinematography by
Joe Brunette 
Film Editing by
Dan Crow 
Jed Rauscher 
Ryan Shepheard 
Sound Department
Pete Nenortas .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Corey Norman .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Melanie Cunningham .... archivist
Melanie Cunningham .... researcher
Rushmore DeNooyer .... researcher
Simon Mills .... technical advisor

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Good Documentary, 12 April 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Titanic's Achilles Heel (2007)

*** (out of 4)

Good, if familiar, documentary has divers John Chatterton and Richard Kohler trying to determine if Titanic actually broke apart much sooner than people had originally believed. In order to prove their theory they visit the site of the Titanic to try and discover if a design flaw did more damage to the ship and if it was just a disaster waiting to happen. In order to get a better clue, the diver's locate Titanic's sister ship and try to learn if it contained the same flaw. Overall this is a good documentary on the subject as we get a lot of great footage from the ocean floor of not only Titanic but also Britannic. No matter how many times you see these ships at the bottom of the ocean it's still quite chilling and especially with this newer footage that really gives you a crystal clear image. What works the best in this documentary is the stuff dealing with the design flaw as experts try to determine if perhaps the ship would have eventually been in danger even if it hadn't hit the iceberg. What doesn't work as well is all the back story to the event as well as a large amount of the running time going towards the U.S. investigation after the ship went down. Countless documentaries have gone over this part of the story so I'm not sure why it was so important to go over it again.

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