MIscellaneous

Miscellaneous

  • Alec Guinness was on the set for 4 days in December 1979 and was paid £45,000.  (Added 10-29-2003)  Thanks goes to John Smith.
  • The lifejackets that were supposed to be used for the sinking sequences were never used in the film.  They would later be used for the Daniel Steele made-for-TV-movie “No Greater Love”. (Added 7-29-2002) Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons.
  • Over 3½ million dollars in equipment was donated by U.S. & Japanese companies to the production company  for use in the film.
  • Mike Ensign, who played Northacker, also played Benjamin Guggenheim, in James Cameron’s Titanic.  Northacker is killed (he’s the Lieutenant who’s in communication with Pitt, “Control, this is Starfish.)  in the implosion of the Starfish.
  • Sander Vanocur,  who reports the discovery of the Titanic was, at the time, an actual news commentator for CBS.  He is now seen in the series “History vs. Hollywood” on The History Channel. (Thanks goes to Neal Parks from Chillicothe, OH for the info.)
  • Dr. Cussler made a cameo appearance in the news conference scene as REPORTER #1 who was supposed to ask obligatory questions.  But his part ended up on the editing room floor.  Any mention of REPORTER #1 was deleted from the film’s credits. You can see what he had to say in the Finalized Script on the Scripts Page. (Updated 5-29-2002) Thanks goes to Wayne Valero and his book, “The Collector’s Guide to Clive Cussler.  Morris Publishing Copyright 2000.
  • Dr. Cussler didn’t like Jason Robards as Sandecker. He asked JR if he had read the book, and Jason Robards said no. Clive then said, “Well, I guess we’ll see Jason Robards rather than Admiral Sandecker.” Clive also didn’t like the way they casted Dirk Pitt (played by Richard Jordan). He wanted Steve McQueen or James Gardner.  (Added 7-29-2002)  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons.
  • Dr. Cussler had commissioned a study on where the Titanic was, and that material was used in the book and to some extent in the movie. The position of the wreck in relationship to the SOS location was just about right. (Added 7-29-2002)  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons.
  • Dr. Ballard had access to Cussler’s report and of course the novel when he went out in 1985.  (Added 7-29-2002)  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons.
  • Raise The Titanic was one of two videos that Dr. Robert Ballard had on his second search for the Titanic in 1985.  The other was “A Night To Remember”.
  • The RTT model was used in a 1991 European 6 hour TV mini series about Titanic’s second sister H.M.H.S Britannic. The series was called Gluhender Himmel.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • RTT the was the last big movie made by Lord Grade.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • During 1980, RTT was the most popular movie to be shown during flight for airline passengers.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • In June 1980, the British TV company ITV paid £500,000 for the rights to show the movie on television.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • Lord Grade had told his brother Bernard Belfont NOT to continue with HIS Titanic 1979 TV movie S.O.S TITANIC because of a clash between the two films. S.O.S TITANIC became a flop when it hit the screens.  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons & John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • Charles Sachs is credited with furnishing the photos for the opening titles. Robert Gibbons, formally president of the Titanic Historical Society, had sold some photos to Sachs and he used his photos rather than his own pristine ones from the shipyards. They mounted the photos on black cardboard to photograph them with a special camera. Gene Kraft did the work.  Thanks Goes to Robert Gibbons. (Added 8-29-2002)
  • Rockwell in Anaheim, did a feature in their company newspaper about them filming in their tank.  This is where the ceramic Titanic was used when Seagram shows Pitt & Sandecker what he and Dr. Silverstein have been doing and what they have discovered.  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons (Added 8-29-2002).
  • The scene that depicts the Titanic arriving in New York Harbor is actually footage from the 1976 Bi-Centennial.
  • We tried to get them to insert a scene of Edwina MacKenzie into that sequence by just filming her at her house at Hermosa Beach up against the sky, but the production people couldn’t spare the $2500 to go there and film it.  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons (Added 9-29-2002)
  • The survivor’s Titanic museum in the Cornwall pub was made by cutting up an issue of the THS’s journal Titanic Commutator. We had started inserting color prints and the orange picture of the ship that stood out so well was in that same issue on newspaper coverage of the disaster.  The model was the Entex hobby kit that THS supplied the plans and photos for.  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons (Added 9-29-2002)