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Titanic: Birth of a Legend (2005)

Dramatised documentary which follows the lives of the men who designed and built Titanic and her sister ship Olympic at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, showing the violence, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator (voice)
Gordon Langford Rowe ... Lord Pirrie (as Gordon Langford-Rowe)
... Alexander Carlisle
... Thomas Andrews
Christopher Wright ... Bruce Ismay
Kevin Trainor ... Alfie Cunningham
Rita Hamill ... Elizabeth Cunningham
James Scales ... Artie Frost
... Thomas Millar
Katherine Grice ... Jeannie Millar
... Roderick Chisholm
Andrew Porter ... Short
... Liam Flaherty
... Michael Flaherty
... Robert Welch


Dramatised documentary which follows the lives of the men who designed and built Titanic and her sister ship Olympic at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, showing the violence, political drama and financial pressures that affected those who worked on her. Eight men, the Guarantee Group, were privileged to be chosen to travel on her maiden voyage. All of them were killed when she sank after striking an iceberg. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Drama






Release Date:

5 May 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Titanic - Der Bau des Superschiffs  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the documentary, Bruce Ismay seems to name the first ship "Olympic" at random, though he actually had a real reason for naming the first of the two ships that name. Ismay's father had planned for a ship named "Olympic" to be built before he had died, and the order for that ship was never fulfilled. Ismay chose "Olympic" as the name for the new class of liners in honor of his father's wish. See more »


As the actor playing Lord Pirrie is reviewing the Titanic's blueprints in the conference room (in the scene tiled "January, 1910) for Bruce Ismay and Alexander Carlisle, when discussing accommodations for the First Class Passengers he mentions "39 private suites" , each having its own bathroom.

In reality, only four deluxe "Parlor Suites" on the RMS Titanic had their own private built in bathrooms; the remainder of the Titanic's First Class cabins did not have their own built-in bathrooms and so the majority of First Class Passengers shared communal public bathrooms for bathing, use of toilet facilities, etc. See more »


Edited into Titanic al detalle (2013) See more »

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A blend of live actors and CGI tell the story of the great liner.
30 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This documentary portrays the development of RMS Titanic from the initial concept and design, its construction, the sea trials and finally to the preparations for its maiden voyage. But unlike other documentaries, this program makes a feature of the real people who designed and built the ill-fated liner.

Through the use of CGI, we see Harland and Wolff's shipyard as it was in 1909: the great slipways where the keels will be laid and the gantries under which the liners will rise. These sights are populated with actors who portray the actual people who made the great ships possible - from J Bruce Ismay and Lord Pirrie to the rank-and-file labourers who constructed the ships. We see their pride in building the legendary ships, and we see the playful rivalry between the work crews assigned to Titanic and Olympic, Titanic's sister ship.

We are treated to the scene as the great hull of Titanic glides down the slipway at her launch; a scene that must have awed those witnesses almost a hundred years ago. We watch as Titanic runs under full steam as she goes through her sea trials - a preview of her voyage across the Atlantic.

Finally, we see the specially-selected Guarantee Group - selected workers who were awarded with a free passage - say goodbye to their families and loved-ones as they prepare to leave on Titanic's maiden voyage. We feel sadness and pity for these people - fathers, sons and brothers - who made Titanic possible. We know their tragic fate that will shared with so many others.

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