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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 »

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

Richard M. Bluel (teleplay) (as Richard Bluel), Pat Fielder (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Albert ... Adm. Wiley Sloan
John Carradine ... Ronald Bentley
Alex Cord ... Dr. Sam Marlowe
Robert Forster ... Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk
Frank Gorshin ... Dan Wesker
Mark Harmon ... Peter Cabot
Christopher Lee ... John McKenzie
Jean Marsh ... Dr. Goldman
John McIntire ... Sen. Oliver Bartholomew
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Sarah Bartholomew
Duncan Regehr ... Paul Ryker
Emma Samms ... Lea McKenzie
Alan Fudge ... Lew Bascomb
George Innes ... Dave Winter
John Ratzenberger ... Bill Sweeney
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Storyline

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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The depth of danger is measured in blood... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Goliat' czeka See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the footage of the sinking of the R.M.S. Goliath were taken from the films "The Last Voyage" and "Torpedo Run" See more »

Goofs

In the credits, John McIntyre is listed as playing Samuel Bartholomew, however his wife calls him Oliver several times. See more »

Quotes

Adm. Wiley Sloan: 337 people... after 40 years? I'll be damned.
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Connections

Referenced in BioShock (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
Performed by the Ovaltineys
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Goliath Awaits inspires humans to have underwater homes
12 June 2004 | by xbrad68See all my reviews

Goliath Awaits came out in 1981 and the special effects for it are aging gracefully. The notion of people living in a sunken ocean liner may seem far fetched but as Neil Peart of RUSH wrote "We suspend our disbelief and we are entertained." Director Kevin Connor does a nice job of directing thus helping to salvage a soggy script. The mysterious disease that befalls the passengers of the GOLIATH makes the viewer curious about its origins. Later in the movie it is revealed that the ships Doctor is singling out people that he doesn't approve of. The doctor is of course extremely bigoted and wrong to use euthanasia on the ships passengers. The luxury of unused sheets of paper to the children of the ship is revealed. The Captain of the ship seems well meaning but the thought of using geothermal vents for power and oxygen is far-fetched given the ships level of technology. Who knows if Aliens could be powering underwater spaceships from geothermal vents. If so then the Aliens have accomplished an impressive feat. Goliath Awaits inspires humans to think about living in underwater homes for years at a time. Such an underwater project should be made part of the NASA space program. Humanitys survival in a big bad universe might depend on underwater habitats.

In Goliath Awaits you feel sorry for the passengers stuck shoveling coal at the same time you are wondering why they have never run out of coal. I gave Goliath Awaits a 10 out of 10 for its novel plot.


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