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"Nearer My God to Thee"
- Will Fox
Director Roy Ward Baker's meticulously-researched "A Night to Remember" (NTR, 1958) is the most accurate film of the Titanic tragedy, featuring 201 speaking parts for the real-life passengers and crew. The narrative focuses mostly on the heroic history of the Titanic's Second Officer Lightoller (Kenneth More). Near the end of the film in conversation he summarizes lessons learned. This film shows clearly, that the number of ship-to-shore messages sent by wealthy passengers overwhelmed "Sparks," the wireless operator, precluding vital weather reports i.e. iceberg hazards not sent to the bridge, the Captain and helmsmen. Rich with realistic, character-actors in small dramas, NTR, the film won the 1959 Golden Globes Award for "Best English-Language Foreign Film" and was nominated for a Golden Laurel Award for "Best Cinematography" by Geoffrey Unsworth. Beautifully restored recently, now NTR is a polished, screen gem, featuring amazing black/white clarity. Thanks to savvy, confidence-inspiring, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz's epilogue explanation: We learn the Titanic's Second Officer Lightoller's surviving, led to joining His Royal Majesty's Navy for WW1; consequently commanding a destroyer; that rescued many military men stranded on the beach; inspiring the modern movie, "Dunkirk." Now NTR's script, director, actors, cinematography, and moving music earn 4.5 stars and "Encores TCM!"
ERIC. THERE ACTUALLY WAS A JACK DAWSON. HE IS BURIED IN THE TITANIC CEMETARY. IF I REMEMBER RIGHT, HE WAS A CREW MEMBER. MY WIFE AND I HAD THE HONOUR AND PRIVILAGE TO VISIT THE EXIBIT ON DISPLAY AT THE C.N.E IN TORONTO. IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, TRY NOT TO MISS IT.
GREAT FILM WITH ONE FLAW.
I agree with most of the reviews posted here, it's one of the great films telling the sinking of the Titanic, but along with the sinking, at about the time the iceberg is hit, a strange and annoying sound occurs on every copy of the film I've seen so far, a buzzing noise which is obviously on the film itself, but I can't believe that every single copy of the film has that same flaw, or is it just the copy that TCM has? The film is great , with or without that flaw, so I know I'll enjoy it tonight.
Superior Movie, Watch It!
One of the most attention grabbing movies ever depicting one of the great tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic. Great cast and pace presented in a somewhat documentary style in B&W as it should be. The Titanic struck and sunk at night which the B&W mirrors. Kenneth Moore's performance is memorable as is the actor portraying Capt. Smith. The 1993 version was almost sunk by the big story line and the acting of DeCaprio.
One remake better than first.
Set in a more documentary style, with less emphasis on the social differences of class, and produced, directed and starring English actors depicting actual people and situations, this film accomplishes what the other Titanic films do not. For a generation seemingly obsessed with "realism" this is it. The ship sank because it was poorly designed. Class distinctions were secondary to surviving. The film did not attempt to turn the film into a lecture or preachy.
A Night To Remember
- Eric A
**** Superior telling of the Titanic's sinking, highlighted by black and white photography, and a solid British cast.
- Larry Lyons
Fine, classic film making, with a really good cast. Worth the watching. BTW, did I see Sean Connery as an extra?
The definitive Titanic Film
US viewers may not recognize the British actors, but they were "A" quality in the UK at the time, and so was the d rest of the special effects, the Directing and Production. Being black and white only adds to the stark reality of thdisaster. The black sea, and the incredible whiteness of the ice berg. Reminds me of The Great White Wale, Moby Dick. Both forces of nature which sink the ships, flimsey compared to nature.Despite several other efforts, including the latest version, with all the advantages of computers. None of these films dramatically touches the actual facts with a well researched, yet dramatically rewarding of your time. Its like watching a documentary, without realizing that it is. Very few films can match the truth, with an excellent story.
This is THE quintessential telling of the Titanic story, devoid of all the romance and high-tech CGI, etc., we experience in Cameron's version. The writer of the book, Walter Lord, was the first to write an expansive account of that night and he wrote it factually having interviewed countless Titanic passengers, and this film was taken from Lord's account. This film is known as the most accurate account of the sinking of the Titanic and, for that reason alone, it is well worth viewing. The British do this type of docudrama very well indeed and this film is proof of that. The performances by Kenneth Moore as the Second Officer and Lawrence Naismith as the Captain are extraordinary. Naismith accurately portrays the Captain as unconcerned and aloof, not believing until the end that the ship could actually go down. Moore is the complete opposite, trying to ready everyone for the sinking and yet maintaining his position as Second Officer, not Captain. At the end, each time I hear "Nearer My God to Thee" being sung as the passengers still on the ship know their fate, I am reminded that 1500 souls perished that awful night and I am left with such a profound sense of sorrow. Please see this film to learn how and why the Titanic went down, as well as how the crew and the passengers reacted. It is SO worth watching!
A Night to Remember
- Dashiell Barnes
The best 'Titanic' film before James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster. All characters & scenarios are superbly adapted from Lord's book into the screen, each giving subtle & powerful performances. The film magnificently recreates the painfull details & emotions of the disaster on the night it sank. A mighty film of tremendous emotion. I give it a 4.5/5.
This was such a good movie. I felt totally engaged right from the beginning. Unlike certain other Titanic movies I could name, this film was actually about the tragedy and not about the special effects. The scene with the elderly man trying to comfort the little boy as the ship went down really got to me. And it takes a lot to get to me. This is a movie with heart; well crafted, well presented and very well acted.
THIS MOVIE MADE IN 1958, MINUS 1912 EQUALS 46
- william gauslow
It took Hollywood 46 years to make this movie. I am writing this 100 years, and within minutes of this incident and still have tears for the people of this ship.
- Peter Scocca
I had read the book of the same name before seeing this movie for the first time. Although the recent soap opera version did have a stunning re-creation of the great ship, the rest of it was a waste of film. 'A Night to Remember' is a great film based on the historically accurate and extensively researched book. Both the movie and the book are well worth the time to enjoy.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
- mike clarke
WHILE THE LATEST FILM ON THE TITANIC TRAGEDY WAS IMPRESSIVE TECHNICALLY, IT FAILED TO MATCH THE FEEL AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE 1958 FILM. I FEEL THE DeCAPRIO, WINSLET VERSION SPENT TOO MUCH TIME ON THE ROMANCE BETWEEN THE TWO LEADING ACTORS. THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY TO ATTRACT THE FEMALE CINEMAGOERS.VERY LITTLE WAS MADE OF THE PART PLAYED BY THE CALIFORNIAN AND THE CARPATHIA, BOTH IN THEIR DIFFERENT WAYS WERE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO THE DRAMA. THAT BEING SAID, TO SEE THE LATEST FILM IN A CINEMA WITH ALL THE STEREO EFFECTS WAS QUITE AN EXPERIENCE.
Best movie about the Titanic
- Neil Castellon
The most recent Titanic was technically a better film; ie. the sets were historically accurate, the special effects were better,and more was known about the final minutesof the tragedy. However, for the raw feel of what it must have been like that terrible night,and the added story of the California and the Carpathia, this films tells the story much better. The British cast and the B&W film, doesn't hurt it either. You get many more sides of the story, not only first class, but crew, steerage, and the rescue attempt. A superior Film, not to be missed by any Titanic enthusiast.
Scariest movie I ever saw
I saw this movie when it came out in the theatre when I was 12 - I'll never forget it. The acting and staging, thinking about it now, made it so real - plus the fact that I knew it had really happened - that it made a lasting impact on me: a profound sadness that it could have happened, but also an appreciation for the heroism and sacrifice of so many - and the callousness and selfishness that can also accompany such a terrible event. It's a true classic in all senses of the word.
A REAL CLASSIC!
- John Smith
The first time that I saw this film was in 1965 when I was ten years old. I was the kid who laughed at the scariest films. Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein or anything with bats, wolves and ghouls left me cold. My friends thought that I was soulless and couldn't understand my brushing off the scary parts while still enjoying the films for entertainment value. That all changed with A Night to Remember. Even today, it gives me chills and a real feeling of helplessness. The scene at the end, with the little boy looking in vain for his mother and guarded by an elderly man who fully understands their fate, had me crying, maybe because the little boy resembled me to a point. This is a film that deserves to be called a classic. Its reportage story line gives it a gritty realism tha I have seldom seen in other films. Everything is understated, giving the final minutes of the disaster a horrid, larger-than-life feel. Forty-three years after seeing it for the first time, I regard this film to be on of the best that I have ever seen.
Introduction to the Titanic
I remember watching this movie as a 12 year old on our black and white set. Th story and acting were so real I could have sworn I saw the color of the water.I'll never ever forget the first time I saw this, ever. All of the acting is supurb and puts you in the place and time of the event. No fancy frills, no fancy love stories here. Just honest human emotions in the middle of a horrific event in history.I can remember this watching this so vividily that I still get goosebumps when the ship goes down and the women are watching it from their life rafts. I cried when the ship started to sink and people slid down the decks. I said a prayer at the end, even though I innocently thought this honestly didn't happen and it was just a terrific movie.Now in my 50's I can't imagine why someone would want to romanticize an event like this distorting history so much that you don't know the truth from fiction. That's NOT the case in this verison of the movie,what you see happened and the actors take you right on board as it occurs. Supurb acting! One of the classics that shouldn't be missed in my book!
Always better in black & white
- Annie Derrick
This version of the sinking of the HRM Titanic is so much more accurate than the James Cameron version. I don't understand wanting to romanticize one of the worst maritime disasters of all time.I would rather enjoy the true story, the historical version have you, and I will take black and white over color any day.Annie
No Big Stars=4 Stars
- pat welch
Just outstanding cinema!
This never gets old
Well, this is a WAY better film than Titanic, because it's true. There was never a "rose" and "jack dawson". But in this they tell it very accurately
- Patti Fletcher
I never fail to be moved by seeing this version of the sinking of the Titanic. In my view, there is no other movie depicting this tragic event that so vividly & movingly portrays the true events of that terrible night. Every person...every scene...everything is dead on.
- Dru Keith
This movie is based on the true events of the sinking of the Titanic. It shows the emotion and the tragedy of the event while exposing the good in people. I recommend this movie to all. It may be old but not outdated.