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
Action & Adventure , Drama
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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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Audience Reviews for S.O.S. Titanic

Complete product of it's time. Disaster movies were real big in the 70's so why not make one out of the most infamous maritime disaster of them all? Not bad performances all around and the production values/effects hold up pretty well. David Warner (who funnily enough gets a supporting role in the '97 movie) and the other second class passenger really are the best part of the movie playing two teachers who are not of the rich fancy world or the lower class world and make a great point about how out of place they feel about it. Granted they get a little TOO platitude-y, states-the-obvious about it. Even so far as to actually SAY "Isn't this ship really a microcosm of British society today?" Uh, thanks, we get it- that's kind of why people are fascinated by the Titanic. Show us that, don't just TELL US that. The other good plot line was the of the group of twenty-something Irish immigrants who we see having fun and full of hope about their trip to America and then they're desperate struggle to get up top and their women in the boats and seeing the boys praying with the priests at the end will break your heart. All in all a pretty decent little movie that holds up pretty well considering- though a bit with the Captain Obvious at points.

Stephanie Merchant
Stephanie Merchant

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