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Goliath Awaits (TV Movie 1981)

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  • Genre: Adventure | Sci-Fi | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 11 November 1981 (USA)
  • Runtime: 200 min | West Germany:186 min (2 parts)
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Goliath Awaits (TV Movie 1981)

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  • IMDb page: Goliath Awaits (TV Movie 1981)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 608 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Sci-Fi | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 11 November 1981 (USA)
  • Runtime: 200 min | West Germany:186 min (2 parts)
  • Filming Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Director: Kevin Connor
  • Stars: Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee, Eddie Albert | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: George Duning   
  • Soundtrack: Music Score
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Ship | Murder | Diver | Sea | Closed Society

Writing Credits By:

  • Richard M. Bluel (teleplay) (as Richard Bluel) &
  • Pat Fielder (teleplay)
  • Richard M. Bluel (story) (as Richard Bluel) &
  • Pat Fielder (story) and
  • Hugh Benson (story)

Known Trivia

  • Portions of the movie were filmed aboard the Queen Mary. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The scenes of the “Goliath” at sea are taken from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The model was first used in Titanic (1953), and refurbished to resemble the Queen Mary. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • One of the submersibles at the end is the Alvin, the sub that Bob Ballard first explored Titanic in, when he first discovered the ship in 1986. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: During World War II the passenger liner "Goliath" is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight… See more » |  »

Story: During World War II the passenger liner “Goliath” is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship’s hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck. Written byMarg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Hugh Benson known as producer
  • Richard M. Bluel known as co-producer (as Richard Bluel)
  • Pat Fielder known as associate producer
  • Larry White known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mark Harmon known as Peter Cabot
  • Christopher Lee known as John McKenzie
  • Eddie Albert known as Adm. Wiley Sloan
  • John Carradine known as Ronald Bentley
  • Alex Cord known as Dr. Sam Marlowe
  • Robert Forster known as Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk
  • Frank Gorshin known as Dan Wesker
  • Jean Marsh known as Dr. Goldman
  • John McIntire known as Sen. Oliver Bartholomew
  • Jeanette Nolan known as Mrs. Bartholomew
  • Duncan Regehr known as Paul Ryker
  • Emma Samms known as Lea McKenzie
  • Alan Fudge known as Lew Bascomb
  • George Innes known as Dave Winter
  • Lori Lethin known as Maria
  • John Ratzenberger known as Bill Sweeney
  • Julie Bennett known as Sylvia King
  • John Berwick known as Crewman
  • Kirk Cameron known as Liam
  • Colin Drake known as Old Man
  • Tom Dunstan known as Agra Worker
  • Michael Evans known as Eric Whittaker
  • Bruce Heighley known as Technician
  • Hedley Mattingly known as Bailey
  • Belinda Mayne known as Sally Crane
  • Christina Nigra known as Beth
  • Sandy Simpson known as Moore
  • Warwick Sims known as Luke Crane
  • Peter von Zerneck known as Hoffman
  • Michael White known as PC18 Officer
  • Lawrence Benedict known as Young Bailey
  • John Brandon known as Chief Engineer
  • Alan Caillou known as Goliath Captain
  • Laurence Haddon known as Captain Volero
  • Irene Hervey known as Carrie
  • Larry Levine
  • Kip Niven known as Gantman
  • Clete Roberts known as Newscaster
  • Peter Stader known as Ed Linder
  • Laird Stuart known as Paul
  • Michael M. Vendrell known as Robbie Cole
  • Tom Willett known as Dancer / Lambeth Walk

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Carolyn Ferguson known as hair stylist
  • Karl Silvera known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • John Sexton known as property master
  • Hank Stonecipher known as construction coordinator (as Henry Stoneciper)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Larry White Productions
  • Gay-Jay Production
  • Columbia Pictures Television
  • Operation Prime Time (OPT)

Other Companies:

  • Burbank Editorial Service Inc.  sound editing
  • f-Stop  titles and opticals

Distributors:

  • Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
  • Sony Pictures Television (2002-)
  • Vidmark Entertainment (USA) (VHS)
  • Vidmark Entertainment (USA) (laserdisc)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Fantasy II Film Effects (uncredited)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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8 Comments

  1. Tom Willett (yonhope) from Central Midwest, USA
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    Hi, Everyone,

    I worked on this movie at The Queen Mary (ship) in Long Beach in May of1981. The crew and cast were fun to be with. I was an extra who was supposedto be a passenger on the Goliath down at the bottom of the ocean. We wereall still alive years after the ship sank.

    A group of us were taught the dances of the 1920s (Lambeth Walk,Charleston). We worked in the cargo hold of the Queen Mary for some of ourscenes. There were good guys and bad guys. Frank Gorshin and Christopher Leewere the villains. Christopher Lee was the Captain who kept the people aliveand wanted to stay underwater when the rescuers arrived.

    John Carradine was a very pleasant man to work with in his scenes. He hadarthritis but he managed to negotiate the stairway that led down into thehold of the ship. Mark Harmon was the hero who arrives to rescue thepassengers.

    This movie was originally shown over a two night period on TV. It later waspackaged as a VHS movie with some scenes edited out, but the short versionseems the better and more fast paced of the two.

    There is one scene where the music does not match the dancing in thebackground. Watch for dancers moving at the wrong tempo. The scene wasrehearsed at one speed (No music actually is played. The dancers are given atempo and they dance without music while the dialog is being recorded. Themusic is inserted later.)and different music was put in for somereason.

    I liked the movie but it was not great. It was an interesting idea that willhold your attention for a couple of hours. If you like ship movies, try "SeaChase" with John Wayne and Lana Turner or "Assault on a Queen" with FrankSinatra.

    Tom Willett

  2. Reno-007 from san diego, CA
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    I remember this when it premiered in Nov. of 1981 when I was in the 7thgrade. I remember the specifics very well, however other reviewers arewrong about a few of the facts. First off Christopher Lee’s character wasNOT the captain, he was the third officer of the ship and was in charge ofthe engine room. Second, the movie was not made to be a horror flick. Iremember the T.V. Guide writeup about it then and it is a Mystery-Suspensestory. Overall a very cool movie that had an interesting premise of whatif? What if the Queen Mary sank or the Queen Elizabeth sank and whatwouldthe people be like after 40 years of isolation from the world. Lee is themost noteable when it comes to the acting. I like the other actors in thefilm but I will say that Mark Harmon, who is a good actor, in this onereally overacted a few times. All in all a great story, decent acting andcool sets.

  3. Eric Rodriguez (eric.rodriguez2@phs.com) from Encino, CA
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    I am reaching way back into my memory for this one, for I saw it on T.V. in1981 and haven’t heard anything about it since, except in 1992 when aco-worker and I got on the subject of shipwrecks and somehow we bothremembered this movie from our pasts. We were so vague on the details wehad both thought it might have been a dream until we corroborated eachother’s memory!

    Brilliant how an "offshoot" society–a microcosm of our own, with all thevarious social strata–was represented. There was even a sub-sub-society,the "Bow People," who terrorized those in the main part of theship.

    Also, chilling how the ship’s brass were "relieved" to find out that Hitlerhad been defeated–not even realizing that they had established their ownpolice state far below the surface of the ocean!

  4. yenlo from Auburn, Me
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    An ocean liner goes down during WWII and a number of passengers survive andestablish a civilization under the sea in the wreck. The film starts outgood but then begins to wither. Too many little subplots are injected intothe story, which sink it. (No pun intended) It begins to take on a Voyageto the Bottom of The Sea TV series episode type plot and the chillingTwilight Zone potential of the picture is lost. Christopher Lee does asuperb job as the ship captain and is the film only really interestingcharacter. A man who has gone from captain of the ship to absolute God inhis underwater kingdom. The other characters particularly the Navypersonnel who discover the wreck are weak to say the least. John Carradine co-stars as a silent film star who was aboard the liner when it went downand is now revered by the younger generation as one of the `Elders’ FrankGorshin is also aboard as the captains sinister law enforcer.

  5. yenlo from Auburn, Me
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    An ocean liner goes down during WWII and a number of passengers survive andestablish a civilization under the sea in the wreck. The film starts outgood with but then begins to wither. Too many little subplots are injectedinto the story, which sink it. (No pun intended) It begins to take on aVoyage to the Bottom of The Sea TV series episode type plot and the chillingTwilight Zone potential of the picture is lost. Christopher Lee does asuperb job as the ship captain and is the only really interestingcharacter. A man who has gone from captain of the ship to absolute God inhis underwater kingdom. The other characters particularly the Navypersonnel who discover the wreck are weak to say the least. John Carradine co-stars as a silent film star who was aboard the liner when it went downand is now revered by the younger generation as one of the `Elders’. FrankGorshin is also aboard as an individual who serves the captain in much thesame way Beria served Stalin.

  6. Gregorso from United States
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    I saw this when it originally aired as a 2-part TV movie. I reallyenjoyed the premise of people forming their own society while trappedin a sunken ocean liner for a generation. The moral theme about societydespising the Nazis but still becoming fascist is also good.Christopher Lee and Frank Gorshin play very intriguing characters. AlexCord, Jean Marsh, John Carradine and Eddie Albert make great supportingactors as well. Mark Harmon is okay as the hero. (Ironically, heappeared in another sunken ship film: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.)The film also has one of Duncan Regehr's early roles, before he went onto roles in "Wizards & Warriors" and "V". Emma Samms is charming as agirl who grew up in the ship. http://tinyurl.com/cwcqarv She wouldlater gain fame as Fallon Colby on "Dynasty".

    The first half of the story explains the history of the ship and how itis found. There's a really shocking scene where the first diver entersthe old sunken ship and we see barely see through his foggy diving maskthat there are living people on board! The hauntingly iconic image of adiver seeing the lovely Emma Thompson's face through a watery portholewas used in the commercials for the movie and when the movie itself cutto commercial breaks.

    The second half of the film deals with the cultural and politicalimplications for this isolated society which has been stuck in 1930sculture. They have adapted their lifestyle and morals to survive. Dothey want to be rescued?

    After many years of searching for a video release, I was able to catchfilm on TV again, but it was HORRIBLY edited to make it 60 minutesshorter. The film was obviously sped up and many lines and dramaticpauses had been removed, which totally messed up the acting and script.It's hardly worth seeing if it's not the full 3 hour version.

  7. (xeresa@home.com) from San Diego, California
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    This was the film that first introduced me to the actor, Duncan Regehr,whoplayed the leader of the Bow people. His performance and that ofChristopherLee as the conflicted leader of the sunken Goliath were the only brightspots in this sci-fi thriller. It could have been a great picture for theidea was fascinating, but the writing was heavy-handed. Even suchtop-notched character actors as Jeanette Nolan, John McIntire,JohnCarradine, and Jean Marsh were hampered by the insipid dialogue. I loveFrank Gorshin but his performance here was a comic book caricature andunworthy of him. Both Mark Harmon and Emma Samms were pretty to look at,butbland. Duncan Regehr came across as sexy and powerful, and one of thefilm’simplausibilities was that the heroine would prefer Mark Harmon over him!Duncan Regehr and Christopher Lee, were the only actors who gave athree-dimensional performance to what was written as one-dimensionalcharacters. Still it’s not a bad picture– it is a interesting picture,butnot a compelling one!

  8. xbrad68 from SAINT CATHARINES, ONTARIO
    30 Nov 2013, 6:00 am

    Goliath Awaits came out in 1981 and the special effects for it areaging gracefully. The notion of people living in a sunken ocean linermay seem far fetched but as Neil Peart of RUSH wrote "We suspend ourdisbelief and we are entertained." Director Kevin Connor does a nicejob of directing thus helping to salvage a soggy script. The mysteriousdisease that befalls the passengers of the GOLIATH makes the viewercurious about its origins. Later in the movie it is revealed that theships Doctor is singling out people that he doesn’t approve of. Thedoctor is of course extremely bigoted and wrong to use euthanasia onthe ships passengers. The luxury of unused sheets of paper to thechildren of the ship is revealed. The Captain of the ship seems wellmeaning but the thought of using geothermal vents for power and oxygenis far-fetched given the ships level of technology. Who knows if Alienscould be powering underwater spaceships from geothermal vents. If sothen the Aliens have accomplished an impressive feat. Goliath Awaitsinspires humans to think about living in underwater homes for years ata time. Such an underwater project should be made part of the NASAspace program. Humanitys survival in a big bad universe might depend onunderwater habitats.

    In Goliath Awaits you feel sorry for the passengers stuck shovelingcoal at the same time you are wondering why they have never run out ofcoal. I gave Goliath Awaits a 10 out of 10 for its novel plot.

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