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Raise the Titanic (1980)

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (screenplay), Eric Hughes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Admiral James Sandecker
Richard Jordan ... Dirk Pitt
David Selby ... Dr. Gene Seagram
Anne Archer ... Dana Archibald
Alec Guinness ... John Bigalow
Bo Brundin ... Captain Prevlov
M. Emmet Walsh ... Master Chief Vinnie Walker
J.D. Cannon ... Captain Joe Burke
Norman Bartold ... Admiral Kemper
Elya Baskin ... Marganin
Dirk Blocker ... Merker
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Willis
Paul Carr ... CIA Director Nicholson
Michael C. Gwynne ... Bohannon
Harvey Lewis Harvey Lewis ... Kiel
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Storyline

A group of Americans are interested in raising the ill-fated ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic. One of the team members finds out the Russians also have plans to raise the ship from its watery grave. Why all the interest? A rare mineral on board could be used to power a sound beam that will knock any missile out of the air when entering us airspace. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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They've found the Titanic. There's just one thing left to do... See more »


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Trivia

When revealing his plan to raise the R.M.S. Titanic, Pitt alludes to the American government having successfully raised "that nuclear sub a couple of years ago." This is a reference to Project Azorian, a C.I.A. project to retrieve the wreck of the Golf II-class Soviet submarine K-129 from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, the project was only a partial success. When the mechanical claw used to raise portions of the sub to the purpose-built retrieval ship Hughes Glomar Explorer failed in the summer of 1974, two thirds of the already-raised debris fell back to the sea floor. A planned follow-up mission to retrieve more of the sub had to be cancelled after the Los Angeles Times reported on the story on March 27, 1975, quickly followed by the New York Times. The latter had planned to break the news even earlier in February 1975, but had been dissuaded from doing so by the U.S. government. At the time of this movie's release in 1980, very few details of Project Azorian had yet been disclosed to the public, and so it was assumed by many that the project had been more successful than was actually the case. See more »

Goofs

Twice when the explosive probes are placed and armed, the probe being placed is a completely different number than the one armed. See more »

Quotes

Dirk Pitt: You want to talk about distress, we have Navy weather forcasting a Force 12 storm, we have Russians looking down our throats and we are on a ship that never learned to do anything but sink, that's distress.
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version featured a long sequence of the foam being pumped into the hull of the Titanic, which is mentioned in the screenplay earlier. Shortly after the film began to get the horrid reviews and poor box office, there were edits made to the film and new prints sent to theaters, in a failed attempt to tighten the film a bit. These scenes have not been included in any of the VHS or DVD releases. See more »

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Cussler was Clancy before Clancy was cool
29 April 2000 | by Onslow1965See all my reviews

Ok, so Raise the Titanic isn't the greatest film ever made, but it's not the worst. Cussler was having Dirk Pitt raise the Titanic and save the world when Tom Clancy was still selling insurance. I wish the film makers had stuck closer to the book, which is part Titanic, part James Bond. It's as if they decided to take the (very) basic plot of the novel and spend about $50 million on a film that looked like about $1.99. The acting is fair considering the script Robards and Jordan had to work with. From an appearance stand point Richard Jordan is Dirk Pitt for me. I can see him in the part. It was just that the part wasn't written for one of Jordan's talent. Read the novel, rent the movie and compare the hatchet job Hollywood did on it. At least they would do better on the next major Titanic movie. Not much consolation to Clive Cussler I'm afraid, but hey that's show biz!


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1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)
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