TITANIC MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
A Night To Remember Rank Organization, 1958. Kenneth More stars in this adaptation of the famous book by Walter Lord. (See our Titanic Books page for info about the book.) Since Lord's story was based on fact, not fiction, this movie out of all of the movies and miniseries ever made is the most true to life. Rarely shown on tv, this one is easily found at the video store if you want to check it out.
Raise the Titanic Lord Grade, 1980. Jason Robards and Richard Jordan star in this story based on the Clive Cussler novel. (For information about the novel, see the Titanic Books section.) This movie was really good, especially since at the time it wasn't known that the Titanic was in 2 pieces. The special effects used to "raise the titanic" are excellent. Even though the ship will never be as it was, it's nice to watch this movie and dream, anyway. The novel's story is followed pretty closely here, too, so anyone who's read the book shouldn't be dissapointed.
Titanic 20th Century Fox, 1950's. The original! Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, and Robert Wagner star in this fictional story set around a real event, the maiden voyage of the Titanic. A well off woman (Stanwyck) who doesn't want her children to be brought up as rich snobs takes them aboard the Titanic. She wants to raise them in Mackinac, Michigan, where she lived a middle class life before she married her wealthy husband (Webb), who finds out about her plans and joins her on the ship. Classic Stanwyck performance, not to mention a great movie. DO NOT confuse this movie with the 1997 blockbuster directed by James Cameron (reviewed below). The plot is not the same.
Titanic 1997. Leonardo DeCaprio, Kate Winslet, and an honest to goodness cast of a thousand or more make this the greatest disaster movie ever made. And well it should be at a price tag of $200 million, easily the most expensive movie ever made. The movie starts us out on a modern day salvage operation with fantastic scenes shot right at the site where the ship lay. We then meet a survivor who tells her story, the scenes of which are interspersed with the modern day footage. She was a first class passenger engaged to a first class jackass. She meets a third class passenger whom she falls in love with. Even though it's 3 hours and 20 minutes, the time goes by very quickly. The story will thoroughly absorb you at first and then keep you on the edge of your seat after the ship hits the iceberg approximately 100 minutes into the film. Everything about this movie is top notch, including the special effects they use to recreate the sinking. You've just gotta see this to believe it. Don't miss seeing Titanic on the big screen. It won't be quite as powerful seeing it on a television.
Titanica Imax Corporation, 1991. The Imax movie has been put out on VHS and is available in most of the places that show the Imax movies. Along with some historical facts about the Titanic and the story of the sinking as told by one of the survivors, Eva Hart, this film documents the joint Russian-Canadian-American scientific expedition to the Titanic's final resting place. See also the Titanic Books section for details on the book that is the companion to this film.
Made for TV Movies
No Greater Love 1996. An adaptation of the Danielle Steel novel. (See the Titanic Books section for info about the novel.) If you've read the book, don't bother with this miniseries. As miniseries go, this one's not bad, but it doesn't follow the book very well. In fact, the entire premise for the book, the sinking of the Titanic, which is the reason for the rest of the story, is pretty much glossed over and out of all the movie's time, is only given about 5 minutes, when it takes up about 1/4 of the book!
S.O.S. Titanic EMI, 1979. Cloris Leachman, David Janssen, and Susan St.James. A recreation the events of the 4 days leading up to the sinking. This movie is much better than you'd think, considering it's made for tv.
Titanic CBS, 1997. Tim Curry, and a bunch of people nobody's ever heard of. All we can say is IT STINKS!! Don't even bother, folks-we only listed it here for documentation of the fact that it exists. It doesn't exist in our tape library-it was erased soon after the airing. Whoever wrote this completely fictional account of goings on during the voyage, sinking, and rescue needs his head examined. An example of one alarming part is when Curry's character rapes a young steerage class girl taking a shower. This was absolutely unnecessary, not to mention a little too detailed for prime time television. Shame on CBS for even running this complete waste of 4 hours.
TV Specials, Series, and Stuff on Videotape
Beyond the Titanic A&E, 1998. Examining the legacy of the Titanic sinking through books and old movie clips.
Great Adventures of the 20th Century-"Titanic." The History Channel. Story of the maiden voyage of the doomed ship done partly with recreations of what was going on at the time.
The Mystery of the Titanic Madacy Entertainment, 1998.
National Geographic: "Secrets of the Titanic." National Geographic's production telling the story of the maiden voyage and sinking, and then following Ballard on his exploration of the North Atlantic to find just where the wreck lies. The camera follows Ballard aboard the sub which will allow him to be the first person to see the Titanic in over 70 years. Now, a new "collectors edition" is available in video stores with 10 more minutes of stuff.
National Geographic: "Treasures of the Titanic." Follows George Tulloch, who has salvage rights to the Titanic wreck, on one of his many expeditions to recover items from the ship lying 2 1/2 miles underwater. If anyone out there has purchased the Titanic coal that Tulloch's company has been offering, and isn't sure that it's real, don't worry. This show has video documentation of Tulloch's team bringing up the coal from the wreck. Seeing that sure did put my mind at ease! Video never lies.
National Geographic Explorer: Clips of all the National Geographic stories following Bob Ballard on his underwater explorations of shipwrecks, including Titanic, Bismarck, Lusitania, and Guadalcanal.
Nova "Titanic's Lost Sister" All about the Brittanic, the third ship in White Star Line's Olympic class of ships. The Brittanic never got a chance to be a luxury liner-World War I broke out and it was commandeered by the navy as a hospital ship. Unfortunately, it was sunk shortly thereafter by a German U-Boat. Robert Ballard explores the ship, which lies in just 300 feet of water.
Search for the Titanic Bridgestone Multimedia, 1997. 2 tape set including "Search for the Titanic" and "Return to the Titanic".
The Story of Edward J. Smith: The Captain of the Titanic Madacy Entertainment, 1998.
Terror on the Titanic UAV Corp., 1997. Another in a long line of quickie videos put out because of the hype around the movie. Claims to have lots of "never before seen" this, that and the other. Yeah, right.
Time and Again MSNBC, 1997. MSNBC celebrates the 85th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a retrospective on some of the interviews and features from past Today and NBC Nightly News shows pertaining to the discovery and exploration of the wreck.
Titanic A PBS special giving a condensed history of the Titanic, from conception to sinking to discovery of the wreck.
Titanic Television South , 1983 & 1986. 2 different programs repackaged into a 2 tape set by Public Media Incorporated in 1997. "A Question of Murder" and "The Nightmare and the Dream" are the programs. Available at Best Buy.
The Titanic Simitar Entertainment, 1996. 2 tape package containing "The Titanic Documentary" and "Titanic Survivors", each half hour documentaries. Available at Saturday Matinee video stores.
Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster The Discovery Channel, 1997. Scientists explore the Titanic to find out just what the nature of the hole is. A sonar is used to make a graph of the portion which struck the iceberg, which is buried in sand. Testing is also done on the metal to see if the "brittle steel" theory holds up. Also, a sophisticated computer program makes an exact model of the Titanic, including the exact number of holes that the sonar reading has provided, and recreates exactly how the sinking happened by having the computer compensate for the increasing amount of water coming through the holes.
Titanic: Breaking New Ground Fox TV Network, 1998. Combines 3 things: the making of the movie, the amount of research that went into making sure the script followed real life, and how controversial matters were dealt with. Includes interviews with survivors and footage filmed, but not used in the final cut of the movie.
Titanic: Death of a Dream Arts & Entertainment, 1994. The first in A&E's 2 part series on the Titanic follows the ship from conception up to the point of the sinking.
Titanic: The Final Chapter "The Truth Behind the Legend". Castle Communications, 1993. A video repackaged by Polygram in 1997. Available at Best Buy.
Titanic: The Investigation Begins The Discovery Channel, 1996. The Discovery Channel's account of George Tulloch's failed attempt at raising a piece of the Titanic.
Titanic: The Legend Lives On Arts & Entertainment, 1994. The second in A&E's 2 part series on the Titanic continues the story from the time of the sinking up to present day.
Titanic Mania! E! Entertainment Network, 1998. Covers the making of the movie as well as interviews with the cast.
Titanic Survivors Front Row Entertainment, 1998. And still another cheap, quick one put out to prey on Titanic fanatics like us. This one even has "bonus nickelodeon footage from 1912". Anything for a buck.
The Titanic Tragedy Brentwood Video, 1990. A pretty good documentary included in a 2 tape "Titanic" pack, which also included the movie S.O.S. Titanic. Available in most Suncoast Video stores.
Titanic: Tragedy at Sea Madacy Entertainment, 1997. 2 tape set sold in video stores including "Echoes of Titanic" and "Titanic Remembered". Available at Best Buy.
Titanic: Treasure of the Deep Columbia Tristar, 1998. A special hosted by Walter Cronkite, documenting the joint Russian, American, and Canadian expedition to the wreck.
Treasures of the Titanic Remember that tv special with Telly Savalas a few years back, which made a big deal about a safe being brought up and that they were going to open it live on tv to show what was inside? This video (available at the video store) is a repackaging of that show, without all of the hullabaloo about how exciting the safe opening would be, so you only get all the good stuff, including a story about a shop in England which sells memorabilia from old ships, including replicas of Titanic items.
The Unsinkable RMS Titanic Whamo Entertainment, 1997. Another video rehashing the disaster, except this one includes scenes from the 1997 movie Titanic. Available at Best Buy.