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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

The cast includes two Oscar winners: Jason Robards, Jr. and Sir Alec Guinness; and one Oscar nominee: Anne Archer. See more »

Goofs

Bigalow tells Pitt the byzanium was carried in "cargo hold number nine," and that Brewster had forced Bigalow to take him there. The Titanic had only two numbered cargo holds, plus the mail hold. 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

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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Referenced in Titanic (1997) See more »

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"The movie equivalent of the Millennium Dome!"
28 April 2004 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

US Naval Intelligence attempts to raise the Titanic, the ocean-liner that sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. It is believed that her cargo contains rare minerals that will enable the Americans to perfect a defense system completely resistant to enemy missiles.

A film which cost $40,000,000 to make, was hyped as a blockbuster and then tripped the flop fantastic when it took a lousy $7,000,000 at the box-office. Hardly surprising because it is very thinly plotted (there's barely enough plot to make a b-movie), the acting is indifferent and above all it's just an unbearably tedious way of passing the time. It really does make one wonder why they spent so much time and money making so very little. I would place this on my list of movies that I love to hate when I call it the movie equivalent of the Millennium Dome, and just to add to the insult, they should have put sprocket holes on all the hype and thrown the picture away.


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