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Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 13 July 1953 (UK)
An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director:

Jean Negulesco
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Richard Ward Sturges
Barbara Stanwyck ... Julia Sturges
Robert Wagner ... Gifford Rogers
Audrey Dalton ... Annette Sturges
Thelma Ritter ... Maude Young
Brian Aherne ... Captain E. J. Smith
Richard Basehart ... George Healey
Allyn Joslyn ... Earl Meeker
James Todd James Todd ... Sandy Comstock
Frances Bergen ... Madeleine Astor
William Johnstone William Johnstone ... John Jacob Astor
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Storyline

Unhappily married and uncomfortable with life among the British upper crust, Julia Sturges takes her two children and boards the Titanic for America. Her husband Richard also arranges passage on the doomed luxury liner in order to let him have custody of their two children. Their problems soon seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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TITANIC in Emotion...in Spectacle...in Climax...in Cast!

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Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

To ensure authenticity, the producers recruited a former captain of the Queen Elizabeth as a technical consultant, and no background music was played during the feature film-the only music heard was that of the musicians aboard the ship. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Sturges buys a ticket from a 3rd class "Spanish" passenger. In fact, the Spanish passengers (3) were on 1st class and (5) on 2nd class. There were not Spanish passengers on steerage. See more »

Quotes

Richard Sturges: [after Richard and Julia have been quarreling over who will have custody of their son] May dear Julia, I've been around enough bridge tables to recognize someone who's holding a high trump - play it now if you will.
Julia Sturges: We'll discuss it later.
Richard Sturges: Now!
Julia Sturges: All right, Richard. One question first?
Richard Sturges: If it's about Norman, you know the answer. No court in the world, no power in the heavens can force me to give up my son.
Julia Sturges: He is not your son.
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Connections

Featured in National Geographic Video: Secrets of the Titanic (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow Worm
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Lincke
Played by the band on the Titanic
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User Reviews

Wonderful
12 August 2002 | by IreckenSee all my reviews

Just a precaution: If you are expecting a completely accurate historical account of the night with all the scientific details neatly in place, look elsewhere. This film instead focuses (touchingly) on the human drama involved with the ship, with many of the elements of real passengers' accounts rolled into the story of Clifton Webb and wife Barbara Stanwyck (Both excellent; when Isn't Barbara Stanwyck excellent?) and their children. A few real characters are involved, but for the most part the drama surrounding the fictional characters is in the forefront. A beautiful and striking account, the film deserved a few more Oscars than it got, primarily for Miss Stanwyck and a supporting Oscar for Robert Wagner, who does wonderfully in his role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Basque | French | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,805,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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