A Night to Remember
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This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord, and it preceded the blockbuster Titanic by almost 40 years. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Of the 2224 passengers on board, 1513 were drowned as a result of the bad planning of lifeboats and escape routes. Kenneth More heads a huge and stellar cast, with 200 speaking parts, as second officer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Baker cuts to the chase - the iceberg strikes 30 minutes in - and maintains tension with consummate skill: not an easy task when the outcome is already known."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Kenneth More essays the central role of Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, and he's the reassuring presence throughout a film that breaks down the incident in powerful fashion."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Cold and brutal - exactly how this tale should be told."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"The clearest, most honorable cinematic depiction of the Titanic disaster… a classy depiction of how human beings in 1912 faced life and death in the fabled tragedy."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Richer, more human and more satisfying than Titanic."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"1950s British take on Titanic tragedy is a masterpiece."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"A restrained, nearly austere ensemble drama that manages to intertwine a dozen different stories without tripping up on any of them, it relies on real-life survivor testimony for almost every line and incident, to immensely moving and dignified effect."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"a film that broke new ground in depicting one of history's worst maritime disasters, interweaving historical reality with a dexterous sense of storytelling that keeps the film fresh and engaging so many decades later"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Model suspense and, compared with Titanic, a model of efficiency too."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"(We have) stood witness to a spectacular tragedy that took place on a perfectly unspectacular, dead calm night"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A film with a documentary-like intensity and a sense of British reserve that makes it all the more moving."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Forget about Kate and Leo in 3D, the best Titanic movie, like the ship itself, is Belfast built by a legendary Irish filmmaker."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"While a little on the dry side, it's easily the most accurate film on the subject."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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