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National Geographic Video: Secrets of the Titanic (1986)

TV-PG | | Documentary | Video
Dr. Robert Ballard and his team of researchers explore the remains of the 1912 wreck of HMS Titanic 2 1/2 miles deep in the Atlantic.


Robert Ballard (as Dr. Robert D. Ballard), Graham Hurley | 1 more credit »


Nicolas Noxon




Credited cast:
Robert Ballard Robert Ballard ... Himself (as Bob Ballard)
Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)


Dr. Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Oceamographic Institure and his research team become the first undersea explorers to locate, photograph, and explore the wreckage of the ill-fated HMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage 2 1/2 mile deep in the icy waters of the Atlantic in 1912, taking 1500 passengers and crew with it to a watery grave. Utilizing dazzling state-of-the art equipment and cutting edge expertise they record the decaying remains of the ocean liner once thought "unsinkable." Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A legend surrenders her mysterious past.




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National Geographic video: Los secretos del Titanic See more »

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Edited into Titanic (1993) See more »

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Thank You, Bob Ballard! But People, Leave Titanic alone now!
8 October 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Dr. Bob Ballard is one of my favorite people of all time. It is he who helped discover Titanic's location. I remember watching this special after TBS aired the film S.O.S. Titanic from 1979. During this special, you can't help but be moved and touched. Dr. Ballard never wanted Titanic to be seen as a place for scavengers. He wanted it preserved from it's legacy. Sadly, every since the discovery 20 years ago, people like film director James Cameron and others have visited this holy site where over a thousand people died, some of their bodies have never been recovered. I remember the film that aired right before the special and I still have that tape believe it or not. I have a couple of the Titanic copies by the National Geographic Special. I also have A Night to Remember tapes as well but I can't watch any of them. I even have James Cameron's Titanic but I can't watch it neither. Titanic has always had a place in my heart. While the film, S.O.S. Titanic, never spent so much money, I remember the closing shot of the film and Titanic's deck chairs in the snow-capped ocean. It reminded me of her and all those lost among them. Anyway, Bob Ballard brought a lot of respect and dignity to the ship itself. He never forgot the thousand of people who died. He never picked up a souvenir. His souvenir to all of us was finding her as she deteriorates more and more each day. Like a one time beauty queen who left the limelight, Titanic has become older, frail, and taken by time and the elements. We will never forget the legacy of Titanic. As Susan St. James' character said in the film before the special; "I won't feel safe again."

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