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Goliath Awaits (1981)

During World War II, the passenger liner Goliath is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades ... See full summary »

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... Adm. Wiley Sloan
... Ronald Bentley
... Dr. Sam Marlowe
... Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk
... Dan Wesker
... Peter Cabot
... John McKenzie
... Dr. Goldman
... Sen. Oliver Bartholomew
... Mrs. Sarah Bartholomew
... Paul Ryker
... Lea McKenzie
... Lew Bascomb
... Dave Winter
... Bill Sweeney
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During World War II, the passenger liner Goliath is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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40 years ago it sank, now... Goliath Awaits. See more »


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11 November 1981 (USA)  »

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'Goliat' czeka  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Jean Marsh appeared on the Tonight Show to promote the movie, Johnny Carson was extremely skeptical the movie's scenario could actually take place. See more »

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When Senator and Mrs. Bartholomew are getting ready to leave Goliath, Dr. Marlowe advises her to hold onto her husband's belt as she follows him. She proceeds to do this as they enter the water. The next scene shows her leading the Senator as they swim through the underwater passage. See more »

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Peter Cabot: Surely, Sir, the people here will want to be rescued.
John McKenzie: Yes, of course they will, Yet, you know, I can't help feeling that if a spaceship was to land upon Earth from another planet and aliens said to the people: "We have come to rescue you", the answer might be: "Rescue us? From what?"
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Referenced in BioShock (2007) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
Performed by the Ovaltineys
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A good movie if you can stretch believability
11 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hi, Everyone,

I worked on this movie at The Queen Mary (ship) in Long Beach in May of 1981. The crew and cast were fun to be with. I was an extra who was supposed to be a passenger on the Goliath down at the bottom of the ocean. We were all still alive years after the ship sank.

A group of us were taught the dances of the 1920s (Lambeth Walk, Charleston). We worked in the cargo hold of the Queen Mary for some of our scenes. There were good guys and bad guys. Frank Gorshin and Christopher Lee were the villains. Christopher Lee was the Captain who kept the people alive and wanted to stay underwater when the rescuers arrived.

John Carradine was a very pleasant man to work with in his scenes. He had arthritis but he managed to negotiate the stairway that led down into the hold of the ship. Mark Harmon was the hero who arrives to rescue the passengers.

This movie was originally shown over a two night period on TV. It later was packaged as a VHS movie with some scenes edited out, but the short version seems the better and more fast paced of the two.

There is one scene where the music does not match the dancing in the background. Watch for dancers moving at the wrong tempo. The scene was rehearsed at one speed (No music actually is played. The dancers are given a tempo and they dance without music while the dialog is being recorded. The music is inserted later.)and different music was put in for some reason.

I liked the movie but it was not great. It was an interesting idea that will hold your attention for a couple of hours. If you like ship movies, try "Sea Chase" with John Wayne and Lana Turner or "Assault on a Queen" with Frank Sinatra.

Tom Willett


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