S.O.S. Titanic

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An Anglo-American co-production, S.O.S. Titanic is a costly, 150-minute reenactment of the infamous sea disaster of 1912. Heading the cast is David Janssen as millionaire John Jacob Astor, who went down with the Titanic, and Cloris Leachman as raucous Denver dowager Molly Brown, who didn't (for the record, Leachman had previously played Brown on a 1957 episode of the TV anthology Telephone Time). Third-billed is Susan Saint James as fictional passenger Leigh Goodwin, who carries most of the dramatic load. Written...
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An Anglo-American co-production, S.O.S. Titanic is a costly, 150-minute reenactment of the infamous sea disaster of 1912. Heading the cast is David Janssen as millionaire John Jacob Astor, who went down with the Titanic, and Cloris Leachman as raucous Denver dowager Molly Brown, who didn't (for the record, Leachman had previously played Brown on a 1957 episode of the TV anthology Telephone Time). Third-billed is Susan Saint James as fictional passenger Leigh Goodwin, who carries most of the dramatic load. Written by Hallmark Hall of Fame veteran James Costigan, the made-for-television S.O.S. Titanic premiered September 23, 1979. In subsequent network and syndicated showings, the film was pared down to 102 minutes.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1979 made-for-TV production may have the most intelligent ending of all the films about the sinking of the Titanic. The final scenes show Ian Holm as J. Bruce Ismay, the cowardly, British managing director of the American-owned ship, safe aboard the rescue ship Carpathia -- but nervously pondering his fate back home. The viewer then realizes that survivors of the great sea disaster could also be among the victims. Like other film versions of the Titanic's only voyage, S.O.S. Titanic serves up slices of life of the doomed passengers and crew -- David Janssen plays millionaire John Jacob Astor and Harry Andrews is Captain Edward J. Smith -- as well as of the surviving passengers, including an irrepressible Cloris Leachman as the flamboyant American, Margaret Tobin Brown "Unsinkable Molly Brown". Overall, director William Hale's S.O.S. Titanic is an fair melodrama with good special effects. Though not as good as the best Titanic film -- 1958's A Night to Remember -- it is a worthy production that deserves attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • UPC: 014381067729
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosemary Leach
Harry Andrews Captain Edward J. Smith
David Battley Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
Ed Bishop Henry Harris
Tony Caunter Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
David Janssen John Jacob Astor
Cloris Leachman Molly Brown
Matthew Guinness Catholic Priest: Father Byles
Jerry Houser Dan Marvin
Victor Langley Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
Gerard McSorley Martin Gallagher
John Moffatt Benjamin Guggenheim
Aubrey Morris Steward: John Hart
Martin Murphy Bugle Boy: Peter Fletcher
Nancy Nevinson Ida Strauss
Robert Pugh James Farrell
Maurice Roeves Leading Stoker: Fred Barret
Norman Rossington Master-at-Arms: T. King
Geoffrey Whitehead Thomas Andrews
Gordon Whiting Laider Strauss
Paul Young First Officer: Joseph Murdoch
Nick Brimble Olaus Abelseth
Catherine Byrne Bridget Bradley
Deborah Fallender Mary Marvin
Warren Clarke 4th Officer: Joseph G. Boxhall
Lise Hilboldt Rene Harris
Ian Holm J. Bruce Ismay
Kate Howard Countess of Rothes
Karl Howman 5th Officer: Harold Lowe
Tony Maiden Assist. Boots: E.J. Guy
Helen Mirren Stewardess: May Sloan
Michele O'Connor Kate Mullins
Rynagh O'Grady Mary Agatha Glyn
Kevin O'Shea Crow's Nest: Reginald Lee
Dorothea Phillips Emma Bucknell
Anna Quayle Maude Slocombe
Beverly Ross Madeline Astor
Susan Saint James Leigh Goodwin
Madge Ryan Stewardess: Violet Jessop
David Warner Laurence Beesley
Malcolm Stoddard 2cnd Officer: Charles H. Lightoller
Philip Stone Captain Arthur Rostron
Christopher Strauli Chied Wireless: Harold Cottam
Technical Credits
William Hale Director
Martin Atkinson Set Decoration/Design
Howard Blake Score Composer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Rusty Coppleman Editor
Ray Corbett Asst. Director
James Costigan Screenwriter
Graham Ford Production Manager
William S. Gilmore Jr. Producer
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Mills Makeup
Lou Morheim Producer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Herbert Westbrook Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [:16]
2. Bon Voyage [3:47]
3. Day 1: Southampton, England [3:54]
4. Day 2: Queenstown, Ireland [9:24]
5. In the Mood [6:57]
6. Day 3: North Atlantic [8:03]
7. Day 4: North Atlantic [4:46]
8. Day 5: 12 April 1912 [13:09]
9. "A Slight Bump" [9:18]
10. Calming the Masses [9:20]
11. "Women and Children Only" [8:06]
12. Pandemonium [4:38]
13. Desperate Measures [5:41]
14. A Watery Grave [2:15]
15. Soul Survivors [8:48]
16. End Credits [2:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Music & Effects
      Music & Effects: On (Isolated - No Dialog)
      Music & Effects: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good film. But the story line stinks!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    F.I.D...FILM IN DISTRESS...SETS AWFUL...DIRECTOR MAD

    S.O.S. TITANIC (1979) is a re-edited American mini-series that was released in the cinema in England. Its main characters are John Jacob Astor, the richest man on the ship, and his young bride, Madeline. The acting is very good along with the music and story (an acceptable mix of fact and fiction). This film is unique in the fact that is follows two second class passengers (Lawrence Beesley and fictional love interest Lee Goodwin). All other films have ignored second class. The sets are the worst - the beatutiful wooden Grand Staircase is displayed in marble, and the designs are all wrong. The effects are quite good but a lot are coloured in versions of A Night to Remember scenes. The scenes on the boat deck are all wrong and the tilt is nothing more that a camera on its side. The director must be mad! All through the night sequences he includes shots during the day: as two officers talk about the calm sea that night it shows their point of view, a sunset shining down over the sea. As the Titanic approaches the iceberg, we sea a great big one during the day, which swiches to a brilliant model shot at night (with the iceberg having changed shape tremendously) and back again. The Carpathia sails through the sea in a morning sun only to switch to a model shot at night, and through the window of the gymnasium while the ship sinks we see the day sky. The film is enjoyable though, with a good story. The film is shot on the Queen Mary, making the Titanic look all wrong.

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