A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -...Written by
Arthur Alcott was a production accountant on this film. His son, John, who would later win an academy award as DP on Barry Lyndon, was a focus puller. See more »
1.The chief engineer has a moustache: not permitted to British mariners.
2.The offices wear hooped rings of rank: only permitted to officers in the Royal Navy (and Customs Officers!) See more »
[Chief Engineer Bell is observing several stokers and other crewmen haul long tubes into a flooding boiler room]
What's the use, chief? All the pumps in Belfast would never keep that water down.
Chief Engineer Joseph Bell:
That may be so, but the longer we can keep her afloat the more lives will be saved. So put your backs into it!
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The ITV Studios Global Entertainment logo seen on the 2012 Criterion DVD and Blu-Ray of the film is colored black and white instead of its usual pink and blue. See more »
The 2012 ITV Studios DVD and Blu-ray features epilogue text at the end as well as the moment with the child. See more »
Off to Philadelphia
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A Riveting And Emotional Study
The original adaptation of the "Ship of Dreams", 'A Night to Remember' is a riveting and emotional study of the fateful maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. A British production made on location at Pinewood Studios, Roy Baker's meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic is an utter masterpiece of cinema. The scale of the sets, the ingenuity of the visual effects and the stellar performances all make this a 1950's Brit-blockbuster at its very best. Whilst the '97 adaptation from James Cameron is a powerful piece of cinema, this stunning and melodramatic 1958 flick spends its 2-hour duration focussing on the lives of everybody aboard the ship instead of wandering off to study a love story between two characters. A film that relies on real-life survivor testimony, 'A Night to Remember' is in my opinion the best adaptation of the tale of the "unsinkable" ship and one of the best British films to have ever graced the screen.
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