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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

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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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They said that God himself couldn't sink it. Now they say that no man could raise it. See more »


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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)

Gross USA:

$14,824,000
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Production Co:

ITC Films See more »
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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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The U.S. salvage fleet was portrayed by the U.S. Navy's U.S.S. Denver, U.S.S. Schenectady and U.S.S. Carpenter in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, California, while the Russian ship was portrayed by the C.S. Long Lines. In total, these vessels used around twenty-two thousand U.S. dollars of diesel fuel per filming day, or around sixty-four thousand U.S. dollars per day in 2016 dollars. See more »

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When Capt. Prevlov flies over and boards the Titanic, he arrives in a Bell "Huey" UH-1H painted drab olive with the Red Communist Star on the side. The Soviet Navy would not use US helicopters. See more »

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Spectacular but unsuccessful film with a great musical score by John Barry
10 September 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic . A group of Americans (Jason Robards Jr , David Selby) led by Dirk Pitt (Richard Jordan , Steve McQueen was offered the lead role in the film ; however, he felt the script was flat and turned down the offer) are interested in raising the ill-fated Ocean liner Titanic. As the marine research foundation carries out the preparatives to pick up a precious radioactive metal whose only known world supply reportedly went down as contraband aboard the Titanic , as they have to raise and recover it . One of the team members finds out the Russians also have plans to raise the ship from its watery grave .

This a spectacularly big-budgeted but slow-moving film that failed really at box office . The bulk of this tiring film surrounds schemes to locate and recover a valuable metal called Byzanium . The picture develops a thrilling suspense about a strange mineral along with an international intrigue blending the Titanic , Russians and submarines . Based on best-seller by Clive Cussler who appears as a reporter during a press conference ; however he hated this movie so much that he refused to allow the sale of any film rights for his other Dirk Pitt novels , he finally relented 20 years later, and agreed to sell the rights to 3 novels and the first to be filmed was Sahara, which Cussler also hated . Spectacual FX , as a model of the Titanic was built for $350,000 , when it was finished, it was too big for its tank , a bigger tank had to be built, for $6 million. The Titanic model used for filming was on display at Anchor Bay, Malta, in a building close to the set used for the town of Sweethaven in the film Popeye ; later, it was moved next to the deep water tank at the Rinella studios in Malta. A storm hit the island in 2003, damaging the model beyond repair. Acceptable main actors as Jason Robards as Admiral James Sandecker , early deceased Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt , David Selby as Dr. Gene Seagram and Anne Archer as Dana Archibald . Supporting cast is frankly excellent as Alec Guinness as John Bigalow , M. Emmet Walsh as Master Chief Vinnie Walker , J.D. Cannon as captain Burke and Michael Pataki as Munk and Michael C. Gwynne as Bohannon .

The flick lavishly produced by Sir Lew Grade , caused the collapse his enterprise , regarding the film's cost, producer Lew Grade famously said that it would've been cheaper to lower the Atlantic . The motion picture was middling directed by James Goldstone , though Stanley Kramer was hired to direct, but quit after two weeks due to "creative differences". Jerry Jameson was an usual filmmaker for television who filmed other catastrophe movies such as Hurricane , Fire and rain , The elevator , Deadly tower , Fire in the sky and his greatest hit was ¨Airport 77¨ with an all-star-cast and one of the best of disaster genre .


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