S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, History


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


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Director:

William Hale

Writer:

James Costigan

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26 September 1998 | JudyS
9
| One of most intelligent of Titanic films
This take on the "Titanic" falls into the "docudrama" category with only a few invented characters; most of the others are the canonical Titanic personnel. I particularly liked the dramatic device of having two second class passengers acting as a sort of "Greek chorus," commenting on events there, above and below. Most Titanic films concentrate on first and sometimes third classes, but virtually everyone ignores "the middle." By using mainly historical characters, the story has a real poignancy, but more focus than on the more famous "A Night to Remember."

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Trivia

Cinematographer Christopher Challis, reflected in his autobiography on the making of this movie: He thought A Night to Remember (1958) "excellent", and felt the eight week shooting schedule for this movie: inadequate, when compared to the five months A Night to Remember (1958) took to film.


Quotes

J. Bruce Ismay: Her name, like everything about her, gave promise of something mighty and splendid. They called her Titanic. She was the longest, the tallest, the most luxurious ship in all creation.


Goofs

John Jacob Astor did not have Lincolnesque whiskers as portrayed by David Janssen in the film. Astor's only facial hair was a mustache. The reason for this error is that passenger Stanley May or his brother was famously photographed at the London train station, Waterloo, on April 10 1912 where the Titanic passengers took the Boat Train to the ship at Southampton. The Mays, both of whom had whiskers, traveled as far as Queenstown Ireland, and got off. John Jacob Astor and his wife boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg in France, not in England.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

The following dramatization is based on factual and personal accounts which were researched and adapted for the telling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic in dramatic form.

Identifiable characters are drawn from actual persons and fictitious names were given to certain characters who existed but whose actual names remain unknown.


Alternate Versions

The movie was originally released in two versions. A 140 minute version told in flashback fashion was shown on American TV, and a 109 minute version shown in European theaters. This is the version available on DVD & VHS


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Elite Syncopations
(uncredited)
by
Scott Joplin

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Genres

Drama | History

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

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