Roy Ward Baker

A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. 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 ship’s last hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night to Remember is cinema’s subtlest and best dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.

Film Info

  • Roy Ward Baker
  • United Kingdom
  • 1958
  • 123 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #7

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of “Titanic”: An Illustrated History
  • The Making of “A Night to Remember” (1993), a sixty-minute documentary featuring producer William MacQuitty’s rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart
  • En natt att minnas (1962), a half-hour Swedish documentary featuring interviews with Titanic survivors
  • The Iceberg That Sank the “Titanic” (2006), a sixty-minute BBC documentary
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Sragow and archival photographs

New cover by Gregory Manchess

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of “Titanic”: An Illustrated History
  • The Making of “A Night to Remember” (1993), a sixty-minute documentary featuring producer William MacQuitty’s rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart
  • En natt att minnas (1962), a half-hour Swedish documentary featuring interviews with Titanic survivors
  • The Iceberg That Sank the “Titanic” (2006), a sixty-minute BBC documentary
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Sragow and archival photographs

New cover by Gregory Manchess

A Night to Remember
Cast
Kenneth More
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Ronald Allen
Mr. Clarke
Robert Ayres
Major Arthur Peuchen
Honor Blackman
Mrs. Liz Lucas
Anthony Bushell
Captain Arthur Rostron
John Cairney
Mr. Murphy
Jill Dixon
Mrs. Clarke
Jane Downs
Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller
James Dyrenforth
Colonel Archibald Gracie
Michael Goodliffe
Thomas Andrews
Kenneth Griffith
Phillips
Harriette Johns
Lady Richard
Frank Lawton
J. Bruce Ismay
Richard Leech
First Officer William Murdoch
David McCallum
Bride
Alec McCowen
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam
Tucker McGuire
Molly Brown
John Merivale
Mr. Robbie Lucas
Ralph Michael
Mr. Yates
Laurence Naismith
Captain Edward John Smith
Russell Napier
Captain Stanley Lord
Redmond Phillips
Mr. Hoyle
George Rose
Charles Joughin, the Baker
Joseph Tomelty
Dr. William O’Loughlin
Patrick Waddington
Sir Richard
Jack Watling
Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall
Credits
Director
Roy Ward Baker
Produced by
William MacQuitty
Executive producer
Earl St. John
Screenplay
Eric Ambler
Based on the book by
Walter Lord
Director of photography
Geoffrey Unsworth
Editor
Sidney Hayers
Music
William Alwyn
Art director
Alex Vetchinsky

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