|Raise the Titanic|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
Lord Grade (Uncredited)
|Screenplay by||Adam Kennedy|
|Story by||Eric Hughes (Adaptation)|
Raise the Titanic! by|
Sir Alec Guinness
|Music by||John Barry|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
Robert F. Shugrue|
J. Terry Williams
|Distributed by||Associated Film Distribution|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Raise the Titanic is a 1980 adventure film by Lord Grade's ITC Entertainment, directed by Jerry Jameson, and written by Eric Hughes (adaptation) and Adam Kennedy (screenplay). The film stars Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, and Sir Alec Guinness. The film's tagline was "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".
The film was inspired by Clive Cussler's novel Raise the Titanic!. The film, however, was poorly received by critics and proved to be a box office bomb, losing most of its estimated $40 million budget. The film only grossed about $7 million in box office revenue plus $6.8 million in rentals, totaling $13.8 million altogether. Grade, one of its major backers, is famously said to have remarked that "it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic".
A group of Americans, none of whom have any experience in raising large ships from the sea bed, are hired to raise the famous Belfast-built ocean liner RMS Titanic from the North Atlantic. They hope to obtain a rare mineral that the US Armed Forces can use for a sound beam that can take down missiles as they enter US airspace. The Soviet Union also wants to salvage the vast ship because they claim they own the rare mineral.
- Jason Robards as Admiral James Sandecker
- Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt
- David Selby as Dr. Gene Seagram
- Anne Archer as Dana Seagram
- Sir Alec Guinness as John Bigalow
- Bo Brundin as Captain Andre Prevlov
- M. Emmet Walsh as Master Chief Vinnie Walker
- J.D. Cannon as Captain Joe Burke
- Norman Bartold as Admiral Kemper
- Elya Baskin as Marganin
The film was shot in 1978, but remained unreleased until 1980. The production spent a large amount of its budget converting the old Greek ocean liner SS Athinai into a replica of the Titanic and creating a scale model for the underwater scenes. In the film, the wreck appears as an intact vessel on the ocean floor, as the actual state of the ship was not known at the time of filming, as the wreck of the real Titanic was not found until 1985. Model filming was undertaken at Mediterranean Film Studios near Kalkara, Malta, using one of the world's first horizon tanks to create the illusion of a ship at sea.
Following the completion of filming, the scale model was left to rust for 30 years at the side of the horizon tank. In January 2003, a storm caused damage to the model. By 2012, the remains of the metal structure has been moved to a new location close to the sea.
Renowned Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning English composer John Barry created the film's musical score, which became the most acclaimed aspect of the production. Though the original recordings of the music have been lost, Silva Screen Records has since commissioned a re-recording of the complete score with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. Christian Clemmensen, reviewer of Filmtracks.com, later considered it one of the best of Barry's career, stating, "When the film came out in the theatres, the score was a remarkably fresh and unique experience, and out of the novelty of that style of music arose the popularity of techniques that would inform Barry's Oscar-winning efforts for Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves."
The film only grossed $7 million at the box office plus $6.8 million in video rentals, for a total of $13.8 million. The film's box office failure prompted Lord Grade to comment that "it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic". Raise The Titanic, along with other contemporary flops, has been credited with prompting Grade's withdrawal from continued involvement with the film industry.
The film received many negative reviews but received some positive reviews because of its musical score. Author Clive Cussler was so disgusted with the film that he refused every film company that wanted to adapt a film from one of his books. (When the film Sahara was made, Cussler sued the filmmakers, though he did approve of the two lead actors.)
Although Raise the Titanic scores lower with users at 43%, it received a 60% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Raise the Titanic - Box Office Data". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/1980/0RSTI.php. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fowler, Rebecca (31 August 1996), "'It would be cheaper to lower the Atlantic'", The Independent (London), http://www.independent.co.uk/news/it-would-be-cheaper-to-lower-the-atlantic-1312196.html, retrieved 2009-05-11
- ↑ Clemmensen, Christian. Raise the Titanic soundtrack review. Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- ↑ Kennedy, Duncan (25 August 2012). "Australian billionaire on mission to recreate Titanic". BBC News (BBC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19343441. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Raise the Titanic at the Internet Movie Database
- Raise the Titanic at AllRovi
- Raise the Titanic at Rotten Tomatoes
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