Roy Ward Baker’s A Night to Remember (1958) Movie Review


Runtime: 123 Minutes

On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the “unsinkable” Titanic hit an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had doused to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,224 passengers. In his memorable render­ing of Walter Lord’s book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitiveness, reverence, and a fine sense of disaster the ship’s last hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night to Remember is cinema’s subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century calamity. Being True Titanic fan I’m impressed with the way A night to remember was shot, depending on factoids and resources available at the time. Really Director worked really hard to mix all the emotions and elements of Titanic, Which was missing in Fictional James Cameroon flick. This is a competent movie version of Walter Lord’s excellent novel of the Titanic’s tragic voyage. The cast is effective. The interior sets of the ship are goodness. On the Whole, “A Night to Remember” although shot in semi documentary style, still movie runs and maintains historical accuracy of the novel on which it is based. Worth Watch movie for folks who love Reality than Fictional..

Survi Review: 3.5/5 (0.5 More for showcasing Titanic stuff with 1958 technology)

The sinking of the Titanic was the culminating event of a century of the greatest changes to ever affect the human race in history. Here are some of the Factoids about the ship.

*Titanic was built at Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast. Registered at Liverpool.

*Titanic was LARGEST ship to float at the time of its MAIDEN voyage. (LENGTH: 269.06 meters and BREADTH: 28.19 Meters)

*TITANIC carried 739 First Class passengers, 674 second class passengers, 1026 Third class passengers and 900 Crew people. Which takes the total count on TITANIC = 2224 (Total Capacity = 3339). Even includes 13 Honeymoon couples ..

* More than 10,000 Lamp bulbs used in the TITANIC.

* 825 tonnes of coal used per day on TITANIC.

*1200 meters (Night) and 400 meters (Day) the TITANIC wireless equipment RANGE.

* The Cost of TITANIC £1.5 million, More than 2000 people used in making of TITANIC.

* Four days after the TITANIC started its VOYAGE when its Ice Berg Collision occurred.

* Highest speed of TITANIC 23 Knots (Ship was travelling at the speed of 22.5 Knots at the time of Collision)

*2 hours 40 minutes amount of time TITANIC taken to sink after the Collision.

*The CARPATHIA was 58 miles away from the TITANIC at the time DISTRESS call.

* -2* C the temperature of water at the time of collision. 15 – 45 minutes max. Human Life expectancy in the water.

*74 years time taken to Re–Discover the RMS Titanic after sinking.

* The Total TITANIC survivors were 706. In which 492 were Titanic Passengers. (Even 2 dogs survived)

*TITANIC carried 20 Life Boats.

* SS Californian few miles from Titanic but had not picked up her distress calls or responded to her signal rockets. Five Rockets were shot to signal the Californian.

*Internationally Recognized Morse Code “SOS” was first used by the TITANIC. Jack Philips sent the Distress Calls as “SOS” and “CQD”.

*A Band led by Wallace Hartley played till the Great Ship Sink into the SEA.

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