A Night to Remember (1958)

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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Walter Lord (from the book by), Eric Ambler (screenplay)

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7 May 2006 | MOscarbradley
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| This is the way it should be done
Roy Baker made this extraordinarily fine film about the sinking of the Titanic in the style of a documentary. Although it has a large cast it has no real stars, except perhaps Kenneth More who was a star in Britain at the time. He is an officer on the ship and is the central, linking character. Constrained by budgetary considerations the film used models but the cutting and the matte-work are so fine you are seldom aware of this. The tragedy engulfs you and the tragedy is of epic proportions. The stories of individual passengers come to the fore and the naturalistic acting of the cast make these stories very moving. The film is an honest tear-jerker in a way American movies never can be. It shows the florid, flabby and bloated James Cameron movie up for what it is.

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Trivia

Walter Lord recorded that the painting hanging in the First Class Smoking Room was of New York Harbor and was called "The Approach to the New World". The painting was faithfully reproduced for the film and after completion it was presented by the Rank Organization to Lord, who later discovered that the painting had actually hung in the Titanic's sister ship, Olympic. It was a painting of Plymouth Harbor that hung in the Titanic.


Quotes

Andrews: Here's the position: we have water in the forepeak; numbers 1 and 2 holds; the mailroom; and boiler rooms 6 and 5. That means a gash 300 feet long, from there to there...
Andrews: Below the waterline. Do you agree?
Captain Edward J. Smith: Yes. Well?
Andrews: The pumps are keeping the water ...


Goofs

Near the end, as the ship is sinking, two crewmen are pinned to a bulkhead by a generator (with the British label "dynamo") that breaks loose. These units were securely fastened to the deck with large bolts to prevent them shifting in normal operations, and would not have moved under the shallow angle depicted in the film.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1912


Alternate Versions

The US Criterion Collection DVD is slightly edited. After the Titanic has sunk and Second Officer Lightoller (Kenneth More) is on top of the upturned collapsible lifeboat, a steward swims up to him with a child. Lightoller takes the child, but in the DVD, you don't see him find out that the child is already dead, and then he gently places him in the water.


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Off to Philadelphia
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on violin and sung by Titanic passengers

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