A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

DVD - 2012
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In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord's book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the Titanic's final hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night To Remember is cinema's subtlest, finest dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
Edition: Two DVD special ed
ISBN: 9786314597566
Branch Call Number: DVD NIGHT 2DISCS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 19, 2017

This is a 1958 British docudrama directed by Roy Ward Baker, based on Walter Lord's eponymous 1955 book.
This film seems to have more documentary touches than the Oscar-winning film Titanic (1997), which has more dramatic and romantic subplots.
This DVD includes a 58-minute documentary ("The Iceberg That Sank the Titanic") produced for BBC in 2006 as well as 58-minute documentary featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage.
It also includes a 23-minute interview with Eva Hart, one of the survivors, produced in 1990.
Eva died on February 14, 1996.

Jan 11, 2017

If you were to ask me - I'd honestly have to say that this 1958, $1.6 million, b&w production, spotlighting the tragic sinking of the famed ocean-liner, Titanic, actually scores a notch higher than does the likes of James Cameron's 1997, $200 million, colour spectacle.

This British film is a first-rate production all the way - From its involving story, to its attention to detail, to its awesome effects depicting the actual sinking of this "unsinkable" luxury-liner.

I swear you'll be absolutely amazed at this film's top-notch production values, especially on its budget of only $1.6 million. I'd actually go so far as to say that A Night To Remember puts Cameron's glittering showpiece to shame in a number of ways.

And, on top of that, I found that I actually liked a number of the characters and even sympathized with them over their dire & desperate situation, which I really didn't in the 1997 version.

This film also clearly brings to light certain crucial facts about the distress call sent out by the Titanic once the iceberg had been struck. This aspect was pretty much ignored in the Cameron version.

Yes. I recommend this film very highly..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

Jun 25, 2015

This is the " Quintessential " Titanic movie, it is amazing that even after nearly sixty years, this black & white movie still stands as the "definitive" Titanic movie. Far superior in content than the rest of the Movies made that were based on this historic maritime tragedy.
There is no need to embellish this historic event with "soap opera" characters; the true characters in this tragedy have a much more interesting story to tell without adding a "superficial" fictitious storyline to the drama.
A Night to Remember is by far the best Titanic movie ever made.

Aug 23, 2014

this is the Titanic film you'll remember, top notch production values from beginning to end, gripping, technically riveting

Jan 14, 2014

Great book, and the film is worthy of its material.

Oct 23, 2013

A wonderful movie with a wonderful cast.

Dec 11, 2012

An impressive film with a more in-depth approach to factual detail of the tragedy, unlike James Cameron's melodramatic box office biggie following it forty years later. We're shown the irresponsibly of the wireless operator as he neglects the crucially important warning of icebergs; the irony of the ship The Californian being within ten miles of the horror; the heroic efforts of second officer Herbert Lightroller... Amazing pieces of the puzzle that weren't considered important enough for inclusion in the '97 blockbuster. Oh well. This one was enthralling, albeit lacking in glamour and glitz. Highly recommended. FIVE STARS.

aaa5756 Sep 22, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

Aug 13, 2012

Despite a few historical inaccuracies (mostly excusable because they represented the beliefs of experts in 1958, but have since been refuted by more recent discoveries), this remains one of the best tellings of the Titanic story - no fictional "upstairs-downstairs" love stories, no estranged couples finding reconciliation as the ship goes down - just an excellent true-to-the-story historical document.

May 19, 2012

@ books_rock:

No, there were a few before this one. Here is a list and a brief history of them all.


Of note, there was one made and released just 29 days after the sinking. It starred one of the actual passengers. She used the actual dress she was wearing the night Titanic sank.

As well, the movie, "Titanic", was made during WWII, as a Nazi propoganda film. It commissioned a ship called the SS Cap Arcona to make the movie. It is a very interesting tale - the making of it, the fact it was banned in Germany by the Nazis, and what happened to the director of the film. The most incredible part of this story is the real history of the SS Cap Arcona afterwards, with an even greater loss of life than that aboard the Titanic.

Scenes from that movie and that ship were actually used in this movie, but never credited. A Night to Remember is regarded as the first well made film about Titanic.

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Dec 12, 2012

Captain Edward J. Smith (of The Titanic): "...How long will she last?" Andrews: "Just trying to work that out, now. As far as I can see, she made fourteen feet of water in the first ten minutes after the collision. That's not very fast. She should live... another... hour and a half. Yes. About that, I should think." Captain Edward J. Smith: "There must be no panic." Andrews: "No." Captain Edward J. Smith: "You'll be careful of what you say to the passengers." Andrews: "Of course... How many people are there on board?" Captain Edward J. Smith: "2200, or more. And room in the boats for...? How many?" Andrews: "1200." Captain Edward J. Smith: "I don't think the Board of Trade regulations ever visualized this situation. Do you?"

Dec 12, 2012

Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (comes onto Carpathia's bridge): "Sir?" Capt. Arthur Rostron: "We're at the place now. I thought you'd like to see for yourself." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "Oh yes. Thank you, sir." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "We've only found one body, I'm afraid. The rest must have been carried further on by the current. Of course, we'll go on searching for survivors until we turn back to New York." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "Yes sir. How many...?" Capt. Arthur Rostron: "The purser's checked the figures now. We have on board 705 survivors. Several of those in the boats were dead, I'm afraid." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "1500 lost." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "That's right, yes."

Dec 12, 2012

(On The Carpathia, after the Titanic sank) Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: "Excuse me, sir." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "Oh Cottam, yes, what is it?" Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: "A message from The Californian, sir -- she's nearby. Just heard about The Titanic. Wants to know if there's anything she can do." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "Tell them: "No, nothing. Everything that was humanly possible... has been done." " (cut to Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller of The Titanic, staring solemnly)

Dec 12, 2012

(Final Title Card) "But this is not the end of the story ~ for their sacrifice was not in vain. Today there are lifeboats for all. Unceasing radio vigil and, in the North Atlantic, The International Ice Patrol guards the sea lanes making them safe for the peoples of the world."


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