They've found the Titanic. There's just one thing left to do...
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.
Titanic - Raise The Titanic, La guerre des abîmes
Sleepy action adventure movie, perfect for nodding off to on the couch on a weekend afternoon. Not much happens but it's still a good movie, with a slow momentum.
No doubt seemed fantastic and far-fetched at the time, but now seems dated and silly because the ship arrives at the surface fully intact, even though witnesses described Titanic breaking in two before sinking. The actual discovery of the Titanic, five years after this movie came out, would prove those witnesses correct.
John Barry's beautiful score more than makes up for any flaws.
"It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic!"
-Producer Lew Grade
Joel Clark's review is both personal and refreshingly positive for Raise the Titanic, while Curtis' points about it not being half as bad as its reputation would have you believe and the inherent goodness of John Barry is in keeping with most of my perspective. I heartily recommend checking out both.
...With them taking care of the good vibrations, lets get into the negatives. Are you familiar with the character actor, Richard Jordan? He's awesome. After cutting an impressive reputation in films like The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Logan's Run, this 40 million dollar movie is his blockbuster starring vehicle. Based on a Clive Cussler adventure novel,…
not remotely exciting, but i have a thing for both bloated vintage studio spectacle and these tech-heavy procedurals with professionals just doing a job, so not at all unpleasant. features Alec Guinness picking up a paycheck, Richard Jordan acting like a cocky asshole, a John Barry score that's partially cribbed from MOONRAKER and would be later recycled into OCTOPUSSY, some of the worst miniature effects i've ever seen, and a shot of a rusted-out Titanic being towed up the East River past the Twin Towers.
'Thank god for Southby'.
I've got so many fond memories of my dad sitting me down to this on a VHS tase he recorded off the telly. Good times they were... Almost get teary thinking of those times. This film will always mean a lot to me for those memories alone, but on top of that I do believe Raise The Titanic is unappreciated.
The music is stunning, and the film is just fun from start to finish! John Barry's score here is probably his best... I mean WOW it's good. Like fuck me. You can't listen to the score and not get chills all over, or be moved to tears. It's just gorgeous.
Plus some chunks of the film…
I am not making this up:
Visiting my grandparents in Wichita, KS in 1980 and we drive by a theater where the marquee says:
Raise the Titanic
Quand on croyait encore que le Titanic avait coulé d'un trait, en un morceau, une cheminée en moins, on pouvait se permettre d'imaginer qu'on le ramènerait à la surface. Tout ça ne fait pas de sens, mais le film vaut la peine ne serait-ce que pour voir le bateau sortir de l'eau. Ai-je besoin de vous dire que ce n'est pas le vrai Titanic? On a construit une réplique pour le film, puis on a dû bâtir un immense réservoir pour la réplique... puis on a abandonné la réplique près du réservoir... puis aujourd'hui la réplique est scrap.
Wow, well this was actually quite the boring movie, and had very little to do with the Titanic.
Basically the US and Russia are looking for some rare element, and it’s said there was some of this element on the Titanic when it sank. So the US government gets the bright idea to raise the ship and get the element. But most of the movie is this spy/espionage thing.
The last 10 minutes where they actually raise the Titanic is the only part of this film worth watching. While the way the ship looks as a wreck isn’t accurate, I give it a pass since when this movie came out we had no idea what the wreck looked like.
Also the music during the raising is actually really good, found myself humming it afterwards.
Oh and also Obi Wan is in this movie for some reason.
I saw Raise the Titanic yesterday, the movie Clive Cussler hated so much he forbid anyone to make a movie based on his books up until Sahara in 2005, which he hated so much he once again forbid anyone to make more movies. I haven’t read any of his books, but either they’re perfect masterpieces that can’t be tainted by the cheap movie producers or Cussler just is a grumpy old bastard. Sir Lew Grade financed Raise the Titanic, which was meant to be a big budget, but not absurdly budgeted, adventure movie - but the production spiraled out of control and he ended up investing 40 million dollars into it… and when it finally was released it earned close…
Elliott Gould as the lead here would have increased my enjoyment by at least 46,000 tonnes.
Dirk Pitt will return in...25 years.
There's a box of unobtainium on the TItanic, and the US needs it to construct a laser shield that'll prevent all nuclear war. So we raise the Titanic. Eventually. Filled with "hey, that guy!" guys and a John Barry score that sounds like every Bond score minus that Bond movie's main theme. Isn't as bad as its reputation suggests, it's just very procedural... and the slowness of anything filmed underwater doesn't help.
Failed franchise starters are always interesting, at least a couple of decades later. This was meant to start a series for Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt. It’s obvious why this one was chosen, given the obvious (or so it seemed) appeal of seeing the Titanic rising from its watery grave. However I think it’s status as a spy movie was part of what harmed this. The most famous ship of all time is salvaged simply because some macguffin was on it. Had it been about someone who cared for the ship, trying to do the impossible because this was the Titanic, perhaps audiences would have responded more favorably. Probably didn’t help that the hero’s name is Dirk Pitt. What kind of name is that for anyone, much less the star of a film series?
aka HEBT DIE TITANIC!!
Ich mochte die Buchvorlage, ich mag Filme die im Wasser spielen und die Titanic ist immernoch als Thema ergreifend.
Das Abenteuer ala' Schatzsuche, mit seinem naiven Feindbildern ist einfach ein feines Teil.
Dazu veralterte charismatische Effekte und die Prämisse die hinten und vorne nicht realistisch ist und dadurch nur noch mehr Spaß macht.
Ein Abenteuer der alten Schule eben.
Always these star studded adventure movies that were a thing in the 70's often reserved for disaster films and though the stars are not so studly substituting familiar character actors like Richard Jordan M Emmett Walsh Jason Robards Jr. for a listers. this film about trying to raise the Titanic because there is an amazingly rare and made up element aboard, is still fun viewing. Alec Guinness shows up for a fun role and the John Barry score is quite excellent
This may be the most boring movie ever made. Almost nothing interesting happens in it. It's just a bunch of slow-moving people talking slowly and looking slowly at screens or a bunch of slow-moving underwater photography. A small submarine implodes and a Russian gets a stern talking to but that's about it. Even the explosions at one point are slow!
I'm not even mad at this movie. I'm more confused and fascinated by it. My wife says the novel it is based on has actual fights with the Russians and some of the action takes place during a hurricane. Why did they remove all of the interesting parts of the book and come up with this slog instead? There are…
The book this movie is based on kind holds a special place for myself. Back when I was a reader in my younger days I read a lot books of this sort but this was the only book (i believe) that I read more than once. So when I heard many years later after reading the book, that there was a movie but it was panned, I stayed away because I didn't want to tarnish the memory of how much I loved the book.
But as I have more time to watch assorted movies, I decided enough time had passed since I had last read it, and I didn't especially remember all the finer details of the book's story.
Screen Gems 80's Flashback ...
Raise The Titanic (1980).
In retrospect not quite as bad as it was made out to be at the time!
As a Titanic buff from way back I thoroughly enjoyed Clive Cussler's novel “Raise The Titanic!” and looked forward to the film version as much as any other Titanic devotee. Well ... yeah ... I was a bit disappointed by the cinematic interpretation, but I did not hate the film as much as the critics did. And ... the audiences stayed away in droves too!
Made by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment company and directed by Jerry Jameson, the film boasted a strong cast (Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer and…
I think this film has always held a special place in my heart because of my lifelong interest in underwater archaeology. I was interested in the Titanic as a kid and when I first saw this the Mary Rose was being excavated and recovered. The romance of resurrecting the Titanic hit me in the right spot, to walk the corridors of that great ship
The film is okay at best, a decent adventure and a crazy plot, it has to be crazy to justify a recovery such as depicted here
A decent attempt, with good acting and a fabulous score.
But the plot problems are nearly all resolved in ways that remind me of the YouTube series Pitch Meeting
"So, the Russians have them trapped and are going to steal the ship? That's going be be difficult to get out of."
"Actually, no. It's going to be super easy, barely an inconvenience."
For that alone, I have to knock marks off.
But the model shot of the Titanic actually rising? Cost a ridiculous amount at the time and still looks amazing to this day. Beautifully shot and that score soaring over it, cinema magic.
Not a great movie at all. Lots of plotholes and shoddy continuity (I mean, where did Dana go? What's going on with a supposed Russian spy aboard the Navy ship? Lots of plot points not explained.) On the other hand, the special effects still hold up today and the score is *stunning*.
But I love it out of nostalgia for having watched it (and a lot of other Titanic movies) with my dad.
This was on hard repeat when we were kids - and despite the fact that some of the model work looks a bit ropey now, it still has some spectacular scenes for the time.
Have to remember that in 1980 the Titanic hadn’t been found - and James Cameron’s Film was still nearly 20 years away.
Richard Jordan is a pretty good Dirk Pitt - even though the writing is a way off the Cussler novels.
A solid thriller of its time and always worth a couple of hours of your time. Thank God for Southby.
In honor of Cussler, we got this DVD from the library (right before they closed them all down for corona) and watched this. I remember this book coming out in the late 70s and the movie coming out and it was all the rage. Well, until people went to see it. I missed it back then.
It's unbelievable but kinda fun for my husband who has read some of his books and also likes to visit Cussler's car museum in Arvada about once a year. We now know you couldn't raise the Titanic like this but it was a fun fantasy at one point in our history.
Some of the ocean scenes were pretty boring and slow moving. I felt…
The US Navy find themselves in a hurry to raise the titular ship as it may contain radioactive material hidden onboard which the Russians also want to build a powerful bomb. Watching it all these years after it's disastrous release the film can be viewed as a goofy (using explosives to dislodge the wreck?) but slow moving adventure. John Barry did the score but it seems like he used discarded material from the 1976 King Kong remake and Moonraker.
Producer Lew Grade is famously quoted as saying, “It would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic than raise the Titanic” as it cost over 40 million dollars to make and took in only 7 million at the box office I think he was screwed either way.
Based on an excellent Clive Cussler novels the producers of Raise the Titanic failed to add action or adventure into their movie giving us listless cast along with a slogging pace that does this movie no favours
Das größte Problem das ich mit diesem Film habe ist, das die Titanic zerbrochen ist bevor sie komplett gesunken ist. Das wusste die breite Masse aber erst 7 Jahre nach Erscheinen des Films.
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