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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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 DVD sleeve cover notes that this movie was "made five years before the actual discovery of the Titanic's whereabouts in 1985." Aside from one of the smoke stacks, the R.M.S. Titanic is intact in this movie. At the time, no one knew the ship had split in two when it sank, as depicted in Titanic (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the film, the Titanic is towed to New York from mid-ocean by harbor tugs, not ocean tugs. The towing methods are meant for harbors and other relatively calm waters, and would be very dangerous at sea. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. Gene Seagram: What's so funny?
Dirk Pitt: Eh... I knew a girl once.
Dr. Gene Seagram: I'll bet you did.
Dirk Pitt: Years later I ran into her again, she says "What happened to you? I thought you were going to change the world."
Dr. Gene Seagram: What'd you say?
Dirk Pitt: I said they had me outnumbered.
Dr. Gene Seagram: Is that my lesson for the day?
Dirk Pitt: [laughs] No more lessons, no more lectures.
Dr. Gene Seagram: You mean school's out?
[...]
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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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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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