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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable R.M.S. Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director:

William Hale (as Billy Hale)

Writer:

James Costigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Andrews ... Capt. Edward J. Smith
David Battley ... Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
Ed Bishop ... Henry Harris
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
Nicholas Davies Nicholas Davies ... Lift Attendant: Alfie King
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Catholic Priest: Father Byles
Jerry Houser ... Dan Marvin
David Janssen ... John Jacob Astor
Victor Langley Victor Langley ... Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
Gerard McSorley ... Martin Gallagher
John Moffatt ... Benjamin Guggenheim
Aubrey Morris ... Steward: John Hart
Nancy Nevinson ... Ida Straus
Philip O'Sullivan ... David Charters
Robert Pugh ... James Farrell
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Storyline

On April 14, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage. Over 1500 people were lost. This docudrama follows the personal stories of some of the passengers and crew aboard on that fateful night. John Jacob Astor and his new bride Madeline, Laurence Beesley, Molly Brown, a group of Irish emigrants, the wireless operators and the stewards are among the characters. Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Titanic See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Titanic survivors are rescued by the R.M.S. Carpathia, which is commanded by Arthur Rostron, played by Philip Stone, who previously voiced Theoden in The Lord of the Rings (1978). In Titanic (1997), the captain of the Titanic, Edward John Smith, is played by Bernard Hill, who played Theoden in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The latter film also featured Ian Holm. See more »

Goofs

Chief Officer Henry Wilde is correctly shown sitting down writing a letter to his sister and the letter was posted from Queenstown Ireland the Titanic's last land stop. But the words Wilde is writing are lifted sentences written years later by 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
J. Bruce Ismay: Her name, like everything about her, gave promise of something mighty and splendid. They called her Titanic. She was the longest, the tallest, the most luxurious ship in all creation.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

The following dramatization is based on factual and personal accounts which were researched and adapted for the telling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic in dramatic form.

Identifiable characters are drawn from actual persons and fictitious names were given to certain characters who existed but whose actual names remain unknown. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Poem by James Thomson (1700-1748)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne) (1710-1778)
(Heard when the Titanic casts off from Southampton)
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Great movie, but long version is best
9 April 2006 | by wadesissonSee all my reviews

SOS Titanic offers a very powerful look at the famed ocean liner and her doomed passengers. My only caution to present-day viewers is that the current DVD offers a shortened view of the original film. When this made-for-TV movie was released in 1979, it was about 30 minutes longer than the DVD you can buy or rent today. The original version was much better and more recent edits have taken away the great flow of the story as originally aired. If you remember this movie from the 70s and 80s, you will likely be disappointed by the DVD. It is hoped that a future DVD will address this and bring back SOS Titanic in its full, un-edited glory.


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