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Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea (2007)

Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic (original title)
A dramatization of the notorious World War I torpedoing of the ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.


Sarah Williams, Diana Preston (book)




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Prof. Ian Holbourn
Kenneth Cranham ... Captain Turner
Florian Panzner ... Lt. Capt. Schwieger (as Florian Panzer)
Michael Feast ... Captain Hobbs
Graham Hopkins ... Staff Capt. Anderson
Madeleine Garrood Madeleine Garrood ... Avis Dolphin (as Maddeleine Garrood)
Frances Marek Frances Marek ... Alice
Adrian Topol ... Vogele
Martin Le Maitre Martin Le Maitre ... Winston Churchill
Kevin Otto Kevin Otto ... Alfred Vanderbilt
Karen Haacke Karen Haacke ... Dorothy Taylor
Dean McCoubrey Dean McCoubrey ... Capt. Windridge
Andre Weideman Andre Weideman ... Johnston (as Andre Weiderman)
Ronald France Ronald France ... Lord Mersey
Stephen Jennings ... Carson (as Steven Jennings)


On May 17th 1915, the Lusitania was holed by a single torpedo from a German U-boat. Just 18 minutes later, the liner had sunk. 1,200 of the 1,900 passengers and crew perished. Bitter controversy surrounded the sinking.

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The U-20 set was the original U-96 set used in Das Boot (1981). The Type U-19 of World War I and Type VIIC of World War II had similar internal dimensions. See more »


During the first scene of survivors in the water, a particular extra is noticeable. The same girl is in a following shot a few moments later during the chaos on deck, still dry. See more »


Prof. Ian Holbourn: I used to think a government was there to protect it's people but of course its there to protect itself .
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Crazy Credits

Adrian Topol's character name is pronounced Voegele in the German dialogue and is spelled this way in the accompanying English subtitles. However in the credits it is spelled Vogele. Correct German spelling uses either "ö" (o with an umlaut) or else "oe". See more »


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A Testament to the Victims of High Seas Murder
26 April 2015 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

Superb adaptation of the acclaimed book by Diane Preston. This film keeps close to the facts as it dramatizes the horrific sinking of the passenger liner Lusitana by a German submarine in the Great War. The tragedy of the sinking is all too realistically recreated and one can not be chilled to the bone how senseless this act truly was. John Hannah is superb as one of the passengers who befriends a young victim to be. This should be seen by all people everywhere so the Lusitania is never forgotten, so such an act is never repeated, and so those who died did not do so in vain. This will stand as an important document regarding the crimes of piracy committed by the German Empire 1914-1918.

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Release Date:

12 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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