PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.
When the camera pans across the Titanic just after it surfaces, a very tiny bit of movement occurs in the lower part of the picture, about midway along the hull. As a gag, the special effects crew created a tiny prop of two figures working a hand pump.
It's an odd thing, you know. I've had a few ships shot out from under me. More than my share. Three in the 1914-18 fracas, and two in 39-45. But all anybody ever asks me about is the Titanic.
Dirk Pitt: And now I'm doing the same thing.
John Bigalow: And you're lucky you came...
In the film, the Titanic is towed to New York from mid-ocean by harbor tugs, not ocean tugs. The towing methods are meant for harbors and other relatively calm waters, and would be very dangerous at sea.
The original theatrical version featured a long sequence of the foam being pumped into the hull of the Titanic, which is mentioned in the screenplay earlier. Shortly after the film began to get the horrid reviews and poor box office, there were edits made to the film and new prints sent to theaters, in a failed attempt to tighten the film a bit. These scenes have not been included in any of the VHS or DVD releases.