60 years ago today in UK cinemas, the Titanic goes down in A Night To Remember
A Night to Remember is a British drama film adaptation of Walter Lord’s 1955 book, which recounts the final night of the RMS Titanic. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, the film stars Kenneth More and features Michael Goodliffe, Laurence Naismith, Kenneth Griffith, and David McCallum. The film focuses on the story of the sinking, portraying the major incidents and players in a documentary-style fashion with considerable attention to detail. Its budget of £600,000 (£11,868,805 today) was exceptionally large for a British film and made it the most expensive film ever made in Britain up to that time.
The film received critical acclaim upon release, and is still widely regarded as “the definitive cinematic telling of the story.”.
Among the many films about the Titanic, A Night to Remember has long been regarded as the high point by Titanic historians and survivors alike for its accuracy, despite its modest production values when compared with the Oscar-winning 1997 film Titanic (1997).