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Raise the Titanic (1980)

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

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Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (screenplay), Eric Hughes (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Admiral James Sandecker
Richard Jordan ... Dirk Pitt
David Selby ... Dr. Gene Seagram
Anne Archer ... Dana Archibald
Alec Guinness ... John Bigalow
Bo Brundin ... Captain Prevlov
M. Emmet Walsh ... Master Chief Vinnie Walker
J.D. Cannon ... Captain Joe Burke
Norman Bartold ... Admiral Kemper
Elya Baskin ... Marganin
Dirk Blocker ... Merker
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Willis
Paul Carr ... CIA Director Nicholson
Michael C. Gwynne ... Bohannon
Harvey Lewis Harvey Lewis ... Kiel
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Storyline

A group of Americans are interested in raising the ill-fated ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic. One of the team members finds out the Russians also have plans to raise the ship from its watery grave. Why all the interest? A rare mineral on board could be used to power a sound beam that will knock any missile out of the air when entering us airspace. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Once they said God himself couldn't sink her. Then they said no man on earth could reach her. Now - you will be there when we Raise The Titanic See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hebt die Titanic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ITC Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Pitt reveals his plan to raise the Titanic to a skeptical Admiral Kemper, General Busby, and Director Nicholson aboard the Presidential yacht. In real-life, the final Presidential yacht, U.S.S. Sequoia, had been auctioned off two years earlier at the direction of U.S. President Jimmy Carter. When ITC Entertainment asked the State Department for permission to borrow the yacht for filming, a substitute had to be found. A member of Congress suggested the Potomac, a seventy-foot vessel launched in 1958 as the "Seven Seas" by Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based Burger Boat Co. Owner Joe Wheeler, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman, had just refitted her at great expense to serve as a floating showroom for the oil and water filtration and security systems manufactured by his company, Wheeler Industries. This movie's producers paid six thousand dollars (seventeen thousand five hundred dollars in 2016 dollars) to use the Potomac, and Wheeler donated the money to the Special Olympics. Four months before the movie's release, the Potomac was used to entertain the wives of Israeli President Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat while Begin and Sadat met with President Carter to work on the Camp David Accords, which saw Israel return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. Earlier in her life, the Potomac had belonged to Kleenex fortune heir and race car driver James Kimberly. See more »

Goofs

When Pitt brings forward raising the Titanic, he says the explosive charges will be detonated eight seconds apart. The explosions are random, except the last two, which occur less than a second apart. See more »

Quotes

Bohannon: [Deep Quest is trapped in Titanic's rigging] C'mon baby... C'mon you pretty little thing... Get your daddy out of this!
Bohannon: [after trying in vain to free Deep Quest, which remains stuck... hushed voice] Shit!
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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, there is a scene between Pitt (Richard Jordan) and Dana (Anne Archer) where they discuss Seagram (David Selby). This scene is missing from all video and DVD releases. See more »

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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) See more »

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Cussler was Clancy before Clancy was cool
29 April 2000 | by Onslow1965See all my reviews

Ok, so Raise the Titanic isn't the greatest film ever made, but it's not the worst. Cussler was having Dirk Pitt raise the Titanic and save the world when Tom Clancy was still selling insurance. I wish the film makers had stuck closer to the book, which is part Titanic, part James Bond. It's as if they decided to take the (very) basic plot of the novel and spend about $50 million on a film that looked like about $1.99. The acting is fair considering the script Robards and Jordan had to work with. From an appearance stand point Richard Jordan is Dirk Pitt for me. I can see him in the part. It was just that the part wasn't written for one of Jordan's talent. Read the novel, rent the movie and compare the hatchet job Hollywood did on it. At least they would do better on the next major Titanic movie. Not much consolation to Clive Cussler I'm afraid, but hey that's show biz!


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