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S.O.S. Titanic (1979)





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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Harry Andrews
as Captain Edward J. Smith
David Battley
as Chief Boots: S. Stebbing
Ed Bishop
as Henry Harris
Tony Caunter
as Chief Officer: Henry Wilde
Matthew Guinness
as Catholic Priest: Father Byles
Jerry Houser
as Dan Marvin
David Janssen
as John Jacob Astor
Victor Langley
as Band Leader: Wallace Hartley
Gerard McSorley
as Martin Gallagher
John Moffatt
as Benjamin Guggenheim
Aubrey Morris
as Steward: John Hart
Martin Murphy
as Bugle Boy: Peter Fletcher
Nancy Nevinson
as Ida Strauss
Robert Pugh
as James Farrell
Maurice Roëves
as Leading Stoker: Fred Barret
Norman Rossington
as Master-at-Arms: T. King
Geoffrey Whitehead
as Thomas Andrews
Gordon Whiting
as Laider Strauss
Paul Young
as First Officer: Joseph Murdoch
Nick Brimble
as Olaus Abelseth
Catherine Byrne
as Bridget Bradley
Deborah Fallender
as Mary Marvin
Warren Clarke
as 4th Officer: Joseph G. Boxhall
Lise Hilboldt
as Rene Harris
Ian Holm
as J. Bruce Ismay
Kate Howard
as Countess of Rothes
Karl Howman
as 5th Officer: Harold Lowe
Cloris Leachman
as Molly Brown
Tony Maiden
as Assist. Boots: E.J. Guy
Helen Mirren
as Stewardess: May Sloan
Michele O'Connor
as Kate Mullins
Rynagh O'Grady
as Mary Agatha Glyn
Kevin O'Shea
as Crow's Nest: Reginald Lee
Dorothea Phillips
as Emma Bucknell
Anna Quayle
as Maude Slocombe
Beverly Ross
as Madeline Astor
Susan Saint James
as Leigh Goodwin
Madge Ryan
as Stewardess: Violet Jessop
David Warner
as Laurence Beesley
Malcolm Stoddard
as 2cnd Officer: Charles H. Lightoller
Philip Stone
as Captain Arthur Rostron
Christopher Strauli
as Chied Wireless: Harold Cottam
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Critic Reviews for S.O.S. Titanic

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

When the drama steers a factual course, it's absorbing viewing. Unfortunately, the three hours are padded with superficial romances and characters that never take shape because the script keeps zigzagging from reality to fiction.

July 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for S.O.S. Titanic


Complete and utter garbage, S.O.S. Titanic is a half-assed TV movie that embarrasses itself. There's virtually no attempt at authenticity, as the ship is clearly the Queen Mary, and the interior sets don't look anything like the Titanic. Additionally, many of the long shots of the ship are just colorized scenes from A Night to Remember and don't match-up with the models or exterior sets. The performances are universally bad (except for maybe David Warner and Susan Saint James), and the historical inaccuracies are beyond egregious; they don't even get the date of the sinking right. S.O.S. Titanic is a colossal mess that has no understanding of the Titanic disaster, and it shows in every frame.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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