Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for January 05, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  9 months ago

    It was over budget but it made it back and then some a with a box office of $2.2 billion.

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    GaryCooper  9 months ago

    I wondered about that, too, when I saw “Titanic.”

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    GaryCooper  9 months ago

    “Avatar” was like that, too— a budget bigger than most galaxies, but no script to speak of.

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    californiamonty  9 months ago

    It’s also why they couldn’t afford factcheckers. Besides the (in)famous bit of (was it) Jack standing on the bow of the ship where it’s not possible, there was also the way the film made the radio officer out when, in fact, that dude was a hero.

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    robertthomasson  9 months ago

    They could do sequels, the Titanic had two sister ships, one rammed a cruiser and was sunk as a hospital ship after hitting a mine in WWI and the other had a series of misfortunes, sank a U-boat by ramming and a lightship (which is quite hard to do) and finally scrapped in the late 30s. Lots of material there

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    rasputin's horoscope  9 months ago

    Good one, Kim!

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    Differentname  9 months ago

    [nerd alert] Sam Peckinpah once said give him $50,000.00 and Warren Oates and he’d give you a great movie. He then revised it to $100,000.00 because why shouldn’t Oates get to be in a big budget movie?

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    sueb1863  9 months ago

    Before “Titanic” came out, it was widely expected that the movie would have a hard time making back its money. People didn’t expect it to flop but they didn’t think there was much chance it would be very profitable since it was so expensive to make. The big story was how overbudget it was. NObody thought it was going to become a cultural phenomenon.

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    BrianMorris  9 months ago

    I think Michael Winner (director of Death Wish and two sequels) said that after the success of The Poseidon Adventure (1972), a sequel was proposed called Raise The Poseidon!, with starry cast and extensive location shooting using full-size ships; a few months’ reconnaisance and budget preparation persuaded the producers to change the script and pitch a cheaper film called Lower The Atlantic!.

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    WaitingMan  9 months ago

    As I said a couple of days ago, for all the Academy Awards “Titanic” won, the screenplay wasn’t even nominated.

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    salunga  9 months ago

    for anyone who’s interested, there is a riveting book titled “The other side of the Night,” which tells the story of the Titanic from the viewpoint of another ship in the area, one whose captain refused to go to its aid.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 9 months ago

    This is me. Still clueless. …sigh

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    txmystic  9 months ago

    This one made me LOL…

    I still think that Billy Zane’s performance is forever undervalued…

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    SKJAM! Premium Member 9 months ago

    Reminds me, I read and reviewed “A Night to Remember” last year. Info at the usual place.

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    squireobrien  9 months ago

    Don’t worry. Plenty of other movies where the guy dies for his true love.

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    fritzoid Premium Member 9 months ago

    I’ve never seen the movie. I hear the dog dies.

    (Fun Fact: There were at least 12 dogs on the Titanic, three of which survived: Two Pomeranians and a Pekingese, small enough to be carried onto the lifeboats by their owners. Maybe there’s a movie there…)

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    jakko1  9 months ago

    Titanic ~ A commercial success, an artistic flop.

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    mistercatworks  9 months ago


    It reminds me of a line in “Futurama”. During the Academy Awards, Bender says they are still doing the technical awards. “I think they’re up to Writing.”

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    sobrown51  9 months ago

    Oh, I’ll bet they could come up with a sequel if they tried. Even Jaws had its (several) sequels.

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    contact  9 months ago

    We did an improv season awhile back and one lady from the audience wanted to see a sequel to Titanic. Turns out, Jack didn’t die. He faked his death to get away from Rose. But she hunts him down, Tarantino style.

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    jrankin1959  9 months ago

    Fortunately, Walter Lord and Robert Ballard collaborated… in a roundabout way.

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    EdmundBabe  9 months ago

    Olympic, Britannic…

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    bakana  9 months ago

    They really shouldn’t have built a 100% accurate copy of the Titanic, then, made the mistake of really Sinking it.

    They could still be raking in the money charging people to ride it to the Bahamas.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 9 months ago

    The Titanic had two sister ships: Olympic

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    comicsboi Premium Member 9 months ago

    I wonder whether we’ll see Alex wax on about Avatar 2, in the Sunday strips.

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    Michael McKown Premium Member 9 months ago

    This must have originally come out before they started counting its income.

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    Nobody’s done The Luisitania Story yet

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    MoeyTehr  9 months ago

    Also why none of the Avatar films could afford scripts, too.

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