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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

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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The fifty-five-foot model of the R.M.S. Titanic used for the refloating scenes was constructed and first floated at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California, before being shipped to Malta for filming. Its maiden sailing took place in the Gilligan's Island Lagoon. See more »

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Sandecker tells Pitt that they "got all the stuff from the White Star Line; engineering drawings and a complete structural design for the Titanic." White Star Line merged with Cunard Line in 1934, becoming Cunard White Star, Ltd. By the end of 1949, Cunard acquired the rest of White Star's assets, and changed its name back to Cunard. No ship has flown the White Star flag since 1968. Furthermore, at the time of the film's production the blueprints and drawings for the Olympic and Titanic were believed to have been destroyed when the Luftwaffe bombed the Belfast shipyards during WWII. A surviving set of structural blueprints for the Olympic class was discovered in the late 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Dana Archibald: I'm a dynamite fisher-person. I just can't put the wormy on the hooky.
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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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Why Cussler Doesn't Do Movies
31 August 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Inexplicably bad adaption of Clive Cussler's novel, the failure of this movie may be in its focus on an actual historical event. Most of Cussler's novels revolve around odd sinkings and lost-at-sea type events: perhaps this movie couldn't stand up to the scrutiny that accompanies any Titanic -based project. Richard Jordan is badly miscast (as is Jason Robards). Cussler's novels would make excellent Bond-type big budget movies in the right hands, but here Jerry Jameson and the writers managed to suck anything interesting out of Cussler's entertaining original work.


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