A Night to RememberDirector: Roy Ward Baker
This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord, and it preceded the blockbuster Titanic by almost 40 years. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Of the 2224 passengers on board, 1513 were drowned as a result of the bad planning of lifeboats and escape routes. Kenneth More heads a huge and stellar cast, with 200 speaking parts, as second officer Herbert Lightoller, from whose point-of-view the story unfolds. Also in the cast are Laurence Naismith as the ill-fated Captain Smith; Michael Goodliffe as conscience-stricken ship's designer Thomas Andrews; Tucker McGuire as feisty American millionaire Molly Brown, whose courage and tenacity saved many lives; and Anthony Bushell as the captain of the Carpathia, who launched a noble but vain rescue mission once he was apprised of the disaster. Also appearing are two future TV favorites: The Avengers' Honor Blackman as a woman who believes that she has nothing to live for, and The Man From UNCLE's David McCallum as a wireless operator. The climactic sinking of the vessel is re-created with painstaking accuracy; filmed in "real time," it is a mere 37 minutes shorter than the actual tragedy. Two years before the film's release, an American TV adaptation of A Night to Remember set a precedent as the most elaborate and technically complex "live" broadcast of its time. Some viewers will find this movie a more accurate and gripping representation of this sea disaster than the romance-heavy Titanic.
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|Roy Ward Baker||Director|
|William Alwyn||Score Composer|
|Robert Asher||Asst. Director|
|Yvonne Caffin||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jack Hanbury||Production Manager|
|David Harcourt||Camera Operator|
|Muir Mathieson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Earl St. John||Executive Producer|
|Alexander Vetchinsky||Art Director|
|Bill Warrington||Special Effects|
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This is a British film to remember. It is brilliantly filmed and directed in documentary style. The effects aren't bad, though the models look too much like models and the waves look too big. It is fantastically acted by Kenneth Moore, playing 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller. It is based on a stunning book and, although the sets are nothing compared to James Cameron's and some things are wrong (which is surprising as the book it is based on has the details correct), turns out to be a stunning film as well. The picture is clear and the sound is good. One excellent point that they got right is the tune to NEARER MY GOD TO THEE (the hymn that the band played). In all other films they play a different tune, the American version. In A Night to Remember they play the English version and the one the bandleader liked best. If A Night to Remember is right, half the reports from survivors are wrong.
This is the original Titanic movie that got all the awards in 1958 because it is a great story. It is not the newer in color love story. A Night to Remember is in black and white, making it feel more like you are in the old days. Much time was taken to make the details of the ship look right as they studied the original blueprints. A great story is most effective told the way it happened, without writers trying to make it more interesting. My favorite scene is toward the end as the orchestra plays the last song before the ship goes down: very moving. This is the most real Titanic movie and the only one that I have watched more than once.
With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic approaching, there is a plethora of Titanic specials and documentaries coming out. Leading the way, of course, is James Cameron's 1997 "Titanic" which has been re-releaed in 3-D and IMAX. Somehow, his movie was just fine without those technological improvements. But if there's one Titanic movie you should see, this is the one. "A Night To Remember" was produced by a British studio in 1958 and directed by Roy Ward Baker. It tells the story of the sinking of the famed ocean liner in a way that doesn't feature all the whistles and bells that Cameron's version has, not to mention the love story which sort of got in the way. Here, the Titanic is looked as metaphor for the age for which it was born: the last shreds of The Gilded Era, when the wealthy felt they had a right to do whatever they wanted because, well, they were wealthy. The depiction of the sinking is more realistic and sticks to the facts, such as the fact that the Titanic had 2200 passengers but only room on the lifeboats for a few hundred. The sinking brings out the best and the worst in people, from suicidal types to a few who will do anything to save their skins. The film also spends a good amount time on Molly Brown (Tucker McGuire), the earthy American millionaire whose tenacity helped save lives. But the disaster is told mostly through the eyes of Charles Lightoller, the Second Officer to the Captain. Played by Kenneth More, his recollections of that night are sobering and heartbreaking. Now available on The Criterion Collection, "A Night To Remember" has all the improvements of an almost forgotten classic film. There is also a very good documentary about the making of this movie. Yet, the real highlight here is an exclusive interview with Eva Hart, one of the last known survivors of the Titanic and her memories of that horrible night and what happened to her fellow passengers still evoke grief and despair as if it all happened yesterday. "I don't think I'll be sure of anything" says Lightoller at the end of the film. Those words ring true. Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable. But it did sink. Two years later, World War I broke out. A few years later, The Great Depression would affect everyone, including the wealthy. The 19th Century had truly come to an end. This remarkable film captures that feeling as well.
''A Night To Remeber'' is one of the best Titanic movies ever made in history.This movie has great details,effects and the Titanic looks like the one in James Cameron's Titanic.This is a movie that you will enjoy.
This movie shows the terror of that awful night. It shows the heroismn of the first class men, the poor enimigrants locked down in steerage and more. The effects are real good! Just as the Titanic is sinking in the movie all the lights go out and it slowly plunges into the sea. The music is excellent too! By the years most people think old movie like this are boring. This one is not! I recommend any Titanic Fan should get this great movie!