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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.

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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 one thousand five hundred 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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Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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

David Warner and Sir Ian Holm appeared in movies in which they played Jack the Ripper. Warner in Time After Time (1979) and Holm in From Hell (2001). See more »

Goofs

Most of the exterior scenes were filmed aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Even though the Queen Mary resembles the Titanic in a generic sense, one noticeable difference between the two liners is the color of the funnels. The Queen Mary's funnels are 'Cunard Red' (a deep reddish-orange hue) with black bands, while the Titanic's were 'White Star buff' (a creamy yellow tone) and not banded. This obviously could not be helped when filming scenes on-deck aboard the Queen Mary, where the banded orange funnels are prominently visible. However, the visual FX shots of the Titanic model, including the colorized footage from A Night To Remember (1958), as well as the Boat Deck set seen during the sinking scenes, show the Titanic's funnels in the proper yellow color. (In addition, the Queen Mary has three funnels where the Titanic had four, but this is not apparent from any shots in the film.) 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 »

Alternate Versions

The movie was originally released in two versions. A 140 minute version told in flashback fashion was shown on American TV, and a 109 minute version shown in European theaters. This is the version available on DVD & VHS See more »

Connections

Referenced in Titanic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Elite Syncopations
(uncredited)
by Scott Joplin
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Probably the Best of the Titanic movies!
26 September 1998 | by SylSee all my reviews

In 1979, this Titanic film did not have the grand special effects like any other movie. But this movie was shown on cable before National Geographic's premiere airing of Titanic when it was discovered by Bob Ballard. Well, this is my favorite Titanic film anyway. No, it is really an average movie but I always connect to that Sunday night memory when I first witnessed Titanic underwater and before most people were aware of it. I was thirteen and with my new VCR. I taped and saved the movie and the Titanic special. The special effects were nothing special. Strong acting from Susan St. James, Cloris Leachman, and Helen Mirren with a very small role. Helen's May Sloane says to Thomas Andrews, the ship's builder, "there will be many questions?" That scene in the smoking lounge is also a poignant since she is the last to see the man who built her and die with her. In the last moments of the ship, men knelt in prayer. What I will always take from this film is the ending. An ending which signified the true meaning of the disaster. The end of the film takes place in the following Monday morning on the Carpathia with all the survivors and the silence. Watching Susan St. James with her male companion was riveting. They were two second class passengers who lost no loved one from the disaster. At the last scene, Mrs. Astor is greeted by a Carpathian passenger who offers "it was God's will. You must move on. Coffee?" Mrs. Astor replies "No coffee, no God either. God went down with the Titanic." That was the last line of the movie. The last shot is over the water and the chairs with Titanic floating. There are other pieces of Titanic debris. But the debris represented the people which is enough for most squeamish viewers. The last film of Titanic filmed before the discovery. No, it's not Cameron. But it's a resolution. Something missing in the Cameron version.


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