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Raise the Titanic (1980)




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Based on the best-seller by author Clive Cussler, this ocean adventure starring Jason Robards follows a group of U.S. scientists on a historic mission to recover radioactive cargo from the sunken RMS Titanic. Meanwhile, as the scientists team with the U.S. Navy to raise the vessel in secret, a Russian salvage crew learns of their plan, and endeavors to reach the volatile cargo first. Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, and Alec Guiness co-star.

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Jason Robards
as Admiral James Sandecker
Richard Jordan
as Dirk Pitt
David Selby
as Dr. Gene Seagram
Anne Archer
as Dana Archibald
Alec Guinness
as John Bigalow
J.D. Cannon
as Capt. Joe Burke
Bo Brundin
as Capt. Andre Prelov
M. Emmet Walsh
as MCPO Vinnie Giordino
Elya Baskin
as Marganin
Paul Carr
as Nicholson
Jonathan Moore
as Captain Parotkin
Hilly Hicks
as Woodson
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Critic Reviews for Raise the Titanic

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The movie is a misconceived, anticlimactic, wooden, phlegmatically paced and waterlogged travelogue that devotes so much time to its nautical machinery that there's none left over for even an approximation of interaction among the actors.

April 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Raise the Titanic is almost a good movie. It has some wonderful moments, but they're bogged down in two moronic subplots.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Question: Is it possible to raise the Titanic from its watery grave? Answer: Scientifically, probably. Artistically, no.

July 13, 2020 | Full Review…

While the premise is certainly exciting, the action in Raise the Titanic is hardly unsinkable.

January 22, 2014 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Unique plotline with Titanic being salvaged.

February 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Raise the Titanic


Based on the Clive Cussler best-selling novel, Raise the Titanic is an exciting Cold War thriller. While tracking down a shipment of a rare mineral with military potential, retired Navy captain Dirk Pitt discovers that it was lost in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, leading him to propose the impossible...Raise the Titanic. It's a fairly interesting story that's full of mystery and intrigue; especially given that this fictional account of Titanic's discover and raising was written before the real-life discovery in 1985. Additionally, the model work and set designs are rather impressive, as is the film's score. Raise the Titanic is a little contrived at times, but it's also a fun piece of pulp fiction.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Based on the Clive Cussler novel of the same name, Raise the Titanic is an underrated adventure film. If you're looking for an exciting film to watch with an engaging plot, then give this film a shot, it is far better than what most people have said about the film. I read the book and loved it, and I have to say, I don't see why this film has gotten so much flack. The cast here do a good job in their roles, and Richard Jordon is a very good Dirk Pitt. This is an entertaining film that has an engaging story and effective directing. I really enjoyed the film, and thought it was a very thrilling film that shouldn't be easily dismissed. The actors do a fine job here and they make the film an enjoyable ride. This is a very well done film that should be seen if you loved the book. A much underrated film, Raise the Titanic has its flaws, but it definitely is always thrilling and exciting because of the fact that its plot is a salvage crew raises the great liner that sank in 1912. This one of those 80's films that should be seen, as adventure films like this were fun, unique, always thrilling, very well acted and engaging. Don't believe the poor reviews of this film, Raise the Titanic is a must for adventure fans. Give this film a shot; you may be surprised at how good it really is. A well thought out film and one of the most underrated films I've seen in quite some time. If you love adventure films, be sure to hunt this one down, it's worth it.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Based on the novel by Clive Cussler, this film (made 5 years before the wreckage of the Titanic was actually located) is the story of a government mission to find and raise the great ship to retrieve a rare mineral believed to be stored in one of its holds. This mineral is the key to powering a new missle defense system. The government enlistes adventurer/pirate Dirk Pitt (Richard Jordan) to lead the mission which is in danger of being infiltrated by Russian spies. Jason Robards and Anne Archer co-star. Sir Alec Guinness appears in a small role as a Titanic surivor who has key information to the exact location of the mineral on board the ship. Until the Titanic's wreckage was discovered in 1985, it was believed that the ship had sunk in one piece. It's this belief that makes the idea of raising the ship plausible. The visual effects are really astounding, and hold up remarkably well today. Great detail is paid to every little part of the ship, and the scenes showing the wreck underwater look remarkably like the real thing. Then there is the whole raising of the rust covered ship to the surface. If the ship returning to the surface isn't eerie enough to see, the sight of the Titanic sailing into New York (under tow), completing its voyage nearly 70 years later seems almost dreamlike. Not an action packed movie, but a thrilling adventure nonetheless.

RJ MacReady
RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

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