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Anita Casey-Reed

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OK, here's a topic to get people going: What are some of your favorite lines/scenes from ANTR? I'll start just one of my many favorites - the small group from steerage finally make their way up to the first class dining area. One says with complete awe "First Class", and they all just stare in amazement until the rolling tray (from the list of the ship) startles them and reminds them that they need to get off the Titanic - and fast!
 

Dan Cherry

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Scene, before the iceberg is struck. Several slightly pickled steerage passengers approach a steward in second class:
"Say, lad, we're trying to find our bunks."
The steward replies they're in second class and need to go down to the end of the corridor and turn left. they turn, go halfway down the corridor and turn right.
Always make me chuckle...
 
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Anita Casey-Reed

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OK - this is one of my favorites, even though it has NOTHING to do with the Titanic.
Two sailors out on the deck of the Carpathia (if I remember correctly). One sailor telling the other of his romantic problem with two sisters on board: "The younger one's prettier, but the older one's keener, if you know what I mean..." The other sailor says maybe he should "give them both a miss this trip". The first one replies, "What, and go for the mother instead?"
 

George Behe

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The elderly steward cradling a little boy in his arms as the stern begins to submerge; the desperate man stares in horror at the churning water as it rushes upward toward him, and he cries out, "Oh God!"

Never fails to choke me up.
 
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John Meeks

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I may have the verbatim quote slightly wrong - but it has to be the Irish passenger from steerage looking up into the night sky and saying, in awe, "...ah! Look at all the pretty rockets...!"

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The bit where the first class chap says to his wife (Honor Blackman) that he never before asked her to but this time she has to obey and to get ready for the lifeboats. The look on her face says it all.

Cheers,

Boz
 
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John Lynott

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The brilliant, heart-rending lifeboat scene where Lucas hands over his sleeping son (Arthur Lowe's son Stephen) to Lightoller, kissing the boy and saying: 'Goodbye, my dear son'. Excellent shot of Lights looking on, knowing that the father knows he will never see him again. Eat your heart out Cameron. PS Buy A Night To Remember: the definitive Titanic film by Jeffrey Richards. A great read
 
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Whenever I see the young couple get crushed by the funnel (incorrectly depicted as the fourth) I stare at the screen in disbelief, even though I've seen it countless times.
 
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Anita Casey-Reed

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There is also the moment where Mr. Lucas catches Mr. Andrews and asks what he should do about his wife and children. Andrews says to get them to the boats as soon as possible. Before he turns to go, Lucas says "I suspect you and I may be in the same boat later." Andrews replies "Yes." There's no way I can write out the way he says it, but there is so much going on behind the words. That's one of the things I really love throughout ANTR.
 

Jerry Nuovo

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One of my favorite scenes from A Night to Remember is right when the Titanic is ready to set sail and the film shows the blowing of the whistles that are on Titanic's funnels. Sincerely,Jerry Nuovo
 
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One of my favorite moments might be the strangest, but it never fails to get a laugh out of me...it's in the beginning, when the movie Lightoller is talking to his wife (movie Sylvia), and he mentions something about garters (it's been a LONG time since I've seen the movie, so I can't remember the exact line).

The first time I saw that scene, I actually couldn't stop laughing for about five minutes...it just was such a supremely human moment...I wonder if anyone ever contacted Sylvia Lightoller when they were making the film...
 

Inger Sheil

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Sylvia Lightoller visited the set!

I thought Moody's quiet insistance that Andrews should accompany him to the Bridge 'If you please' after having just come from the bridge and having passed passengers in the corridor and reassured them one of the more understated but powerful moments.
 
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Patricia Bowman Rogers Winship

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Kritina, I've always wondered if Sylvia suggested that. I could very easily see Lights suggesting that he bring her scarlet garters, or some equally tacky item, just to tease her!

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I wondered that myself, Pat!!!!

I always wondered why that moment resonated with me...then I realized that it "feels" real, if that makes any sense. I almost wonder if something similar to that moment actually happened!!!
 

Bob Godfrey

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Many of my favourite moments involve Thomas Andrews, beginning with that brief pause on the engine room steps when he tells Bell that he has "seen enough" and the expression on his face tells all. This leads to the classic scene in which, now totally composed, he unrolls his blueprints and quickly and efficiently convinces Smith that the ship is doomed.

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Kelly Beth Vogelsong

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I'd have to agree with George and Parks on this one! That scene always gets to me!

L8r~

KB
 
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Andrew E. MacAskill

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The final scene as the camera pans out from Captain Rostron and S/O Lightoller (with that wonderfully orchestrated "Nearer My God to Thee" playing) to the flotilla of Titanic wreckage (including that hobby horse) and the scrolling of "But this is not the end of the story--For their sacrifice was not in vain. Today there are lifeboats for all, unceasing radio vigil and, in the North Atlantic, the International Ice Patrol guards the sea lanes making them safe for the peoples of the world."
 

Don Tweed

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Love the scene where the baker leaves his room and looks back lovingly at his whiskey bottle and wags a finger towards it. Makes me laugh every time!
On the serious side I would have to say I have always like the scene where the gambler hands the note to the lady entering a lifeboat and says,"Don't forget." I just like that scene.
Not to get off topic but my fave line from the 1953 Titanic is when Clifton Webb says to his daughter, "May I bone your kipper?"
The look on Barbara Stanwycks face is priceless and my wife and I die laughing every time we see it!!!
-Don
 
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Anita Casey-Reed

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Don -
Could ANYONE but Clifton Webb deliver a line like "May I bone your kipper"? I think not!
Back to ANTR - I love the scene where the man in charge of the power pours a cup of tea and sees what an angle the ship is at. I can't remember if it was right after that or later, but he tells his men there's not much hope so that anyone who wants to pray probably should - "The rest can join me for a cuppa tea". They all gather around the teapot!
 

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