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Raise The Titanic is a 1980 American big budget adventure film by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment, directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Eric Hughes (adaption) and Adam Kennedy (screenplay). The film stars Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, and Alec Guinness. The film's tagline was "Once they said God himself couldn't sink her. Then they said no man on earth could reach her. Now–you will be there when we... RAISE THE TITANIC" A group of Americans who have had experience in raising small ships from the sea bed are hired to raise the famous ocean liner RMS Titanic from the North Atlantic to obtain a rare mineral that the US armed forces can use for a sound beam that can take down missiles as they enter US airspace. The Soviet Union also wants to salvage the ship because they claim they own the rare mineral. The ending of the film also differs markedly from that of the book. In both, the byzanium is not on board the Titanic, a fact only discovered once the vessel has been safely docked in New York. Instead, it is hidden in a false grave in Southby. In the book, the byzanium is discovered thanks to Dirk Pitt and is used to power the defense system, completely changing the balance of power. In the film, although it is found by Pitt and Seagram, Pitt is then asked by the head gravedigger if they want them to dig it up. Pitt then tells Seagram that it is his decision. Seagram then decides to leave it there, fearing it will otherwise be used to build a "byzanium bomb" like Sandecker had told him in the previous scene on board the Titanic. Also in the book Titanic's masts and funnels are gone but in the movie they are still there. The second funnel's top half is gone, which Seagram states "cracked off as the Titanic went down". This is presumably an allusion to the real-life collapse of Titanic's number one funnel, as reported by survivors of the sinking, the probable reason for changing this was to make the Titanic look more impressive in the film, with its front funnel intact. The film was inspired by Clive Cussler's popular novel "Raise the Titanic!" The film, however, was poorly received by critics and proved to be a box office bomb, losing most of its over $35m estimated budget. The filmmakers spent approximately 36 million dollars but only grossed about $7 million in box office revenue plus $6.8 million in rentals totaling $13.8 million altogether. Lew Grade, one of its major backers, is famously said to have remarked that it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic. Raise The Titanic, along with other contemporary flops, has been credited with prompting Grade's withdrawal from continued involvement with the film industry. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]
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