Four modern day engineers attempt to rebuild sections of the Titanic, using the tools and techniques of the early twentieth century.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Raise the Titanic is a 1980 adventure film produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment and directed by Jerry Jameson. The film, which was written by Eric Hughes (adaptation) and Adam Kennedy (screenplay), was based on the book of the same name by Clive Cussler. The story concerns a plan to recover the RMS Titanic due to the fact that it was carrying cargo valuable to Cold War hegemony. Although the film starred Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, and Sir Alec Guinness, it received mixed reviews by critics and audiences and proved to be a box office bomb. The film only grossed about $7 million against an estimated $40 million budget. Lew Grade later remarked “it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic”.
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Raise the Titanic received mixed reviews; a 50% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of its release, Cussler was so disgusted with the film adaption of his book he refused to give any further permission for cinematic works based on his books. (In 2006 Cussler sued the filmmakers of Sahara, a film adaption of his 1992 book, for failing to consult him on the script when it also made huge financial losses.) The film grossed $7 million against a budget of $40 million. Lew Grade later wrote that he “thought the movie was quite good” particularly enjoying the actual raising of the Titanic and the scene where Dirk Pitt walks into the wrecked ballroom. He blamed the failure of the film in part on the release of a TV movie on the topic, SOS Titanic (released theatrically through EMI Films, of which Grade's brother, Lord Delfont, was then chairman). Raise The Titanic, along with other contemporary flops, has been credited with prompting Grade's withdrawal from continued involvement with the film industry.
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