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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.

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Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (screenplay), Eric Hughes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 said that God himself couldn't sink it. Now they say that no man could raise it. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hebt die Titanic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,824,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ITC Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Lew Grade originally turned down the project. After the original director left, and the script was re-written, Grade saw the movie as the start of a potential James Bond-like franchise with lead character Dirk Pitt, and bought the rights. The movie's failure at the box-office has been cited as one reason Grade left the movie business. See more »

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When Capt. Prevlov flies over and boards the Titanic, he arrives in a Bell "Huey" UH-1H painted drab olive with the Red Communist Star on the side. The Soviet Navy would not use US helicopters. See more »

Quotes

Dirk Pitt: We don't go to the mountain... the mountain comes to us!
General Busby: Are you talking about... raising the Titanic?
Dirk Pitt: [hushed] yeah...
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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, there is a scene between Pitt (Richard Jordan) and Dana (Anne Archer) where they discuss Seagram (David Selby). This scene is missing from all video and DVD releases. See more »

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I really thought this was a great film – until I read the book!
23 August 2004 | by jmupton2003See all my reviews

It was when I read the excellent novel, my mind changed. I used to think this was a wonderful film, when I read the book however, it was clear that so much excellent plotline and dialogue had been missed out that the film story was ruined. Plot lines about the Russians, spies, espionage, tracing the history of the miners and their efforts, what happened after the Titanic was raised but before it reached New York, all this would have made for a more in depth and excellent adaptation, instead the producers went for the big bucks spectacle and just concentrated on the Titanic itself which really is only a small part of the original novel.

It would have been better being properly done as a three part mini series or similar instead of this badly edited rushed nonsense.

There are good points about the film, some of the model work for the wrecked Titanic is excellent, especially when you consider when it was made but then again considering how much they spent on it, it should have been, however the seemingly cardboard cut out super imposed on the New York skyline at the end is terrible beyond description and oddly seems to be worse in the DVD version over the VHS version.

Thankfully saving this film from sinking completely was probably one of John Barry's finest non-Bond soundtracks, without that, this really would have become unbearable.

Sadly fact (the discovery of the Titanic for real) precludes any possibility of a decent remake which with good CGI could have been spectacular.


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