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A Night to Remember

Titanic (USA: working title)

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1958 July, 1
United Kingdom
123 minutes
Action / Drama / History
Production Company:
$ 1 680 000


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A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -and- the Titanic's designer (Andrews, on-board) revelation that due to the severity of below-the-water-line damage and that the vaunted watertight compartments were not designed to nor sealed up to the weather deck, would only delay the inevitable as sea water spilled over the top of one to the next from the bows to the stern. It also addresses the mysterious ship seen from the Titanic's bridge stopped some 12-19 miles off and depicts it as being the S.S. Californian, whom - if that steamship had responded, the loss of life could have been far, far less. The Californian is seen stopped due to the ice warnings, the same alerts whose import were undervalued by the Titanic's Captain Smith. She herself had shut-down wireless operations, nominally at 11:00pm as her sole operator retired for the evening, this before the iceberg was struck and the 1st distress calls were made by Titanic. It also addresses somewhat the coal fire in one of Titanic's bunkers - apparently not uncommon back in those days, before her departure into the Atlantic and potential for damage to steel plates below the water line. (This picture predates the calling-into-question of the quality of rivets (metalurgy) which has since come to the fore.) The film also shows the class distinction and its impact as to whom - of the "women and children first," got a seat in a boat; the fact that the first/earliest lifeboats launched were not at full capacity; and that the boats launched from the port and starboard side held to different criteria as to loading. The latter allows the viewer an inference as to the importance for crew and passenger alike as to lifeboat drills which were then (1912) neither required nor ever held aboard Titanic. One of several movies on the subject, it stands well the test-of-time for its "just the facts" approach in the telling and avoidance of conjecture or added melodrama. - IMDb

Atlantikos, voreion platos 41o (transliterated title) Greece
Atlantique, latitude 41° France
Emlékezetes éjszaka Hungary
La légende du Titanic (French title) Canada
La légende du Titanic (rerun title) France
Die Letzte Nacht der Titanic West Germany
Die Letzte Nacht der Titanic Germany
Noć koja se pamti (Serbian title) Yugoslavia
Noć za pamćenje Croatia
O noapte memorabilă Romania
Somente Deus por Testemunha Brazil
SOS Titanic Poland
SOSタイタニック 忘れえぬ夜 (Japanese title) Japan
Titanic (working title) USA
A Titanic éjszakája (alternative title) Hungary
Titanic: Latitudine 41° Nord Italy
Titanicin kohtalon yö (TV title) Finland
Titanicin kohtalonyö Finland
Titanics sidste timer Denmark
Titanics undergång Sweden
Titanics undergang Norway
Titanics undergång (Swedish title) Finland
Titanikos (reissue title) Greece
Titanikos: Mia nyhta na thymasai (reissue title) Greece
A Tragédia do Titanic Portugal
La última noche del Titanic Spain
La última noche del Titanic Argentina
La última noche del Titanic Mexico
Unutulmaz gece - Titanik (Turkish title) Turkey
Τιτανικός:Μια νύχτα να θυμάσαι Greece
Гибель Титаника (Russian title) Soviet Union
Последната нощ на Титаник (Bulgarian title) Bulgaria
鐵達尼號:難忘之夜 Taiwan

Children's Cast:

John Moulder-Brown [5] Titanic Passenger
Siobhan Taylor [8] Child Passenger
Jeremy Bulloch [13] Boy Jumping into Water
Hennie Scott [9] Titanic Crewman

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