Goliath Awaits

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Goliath Awaits
Genre Adventure
Written by Richard Bluel
Pat Fielder
Directed by Kevin Connor
Starring Mark Harmon
Christopher Lee
Eddie Albert
John Carradine
Alex Cord
Robert Forster
Frank Gorshin
Jean Marsh
John McIntire
Emma Samms
Music by George Duning
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Larry White
Producer(s) Hugh Benson
Richard M. Bluel
Pat Fielder
Cinematography Al Francis
Editor(s) J. Terry Williams
Donald Douglas
Running time ~200 min (original)
110 min (VHS/laserdisc)
Production company(s) Larry White Productions
Gay-Jay Production
Columbia Pictures Television
Operation Prime Time
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Veronica Omroep Organisatie
Vidmark Entertainment
Original network Operation Prime Time/
Original release November 11, 1981 (1981-11-11)

Goliath Awaits is a 1981 American television movie originally broadcast in two parts in November 1981 on various stations as a part of Operation Prime Time's syndicated programming.[1][2] It is about an ocean liner sunk by a German U-boat in 1939 whose wreck is discovered in 1981 with over 300 survivors and their descendants living in an air bubble inside the ship.


On September 4, 1939, the British ocean liner RMS Goliath, carrying 1,860 passengers, is torpedoed by a German U-boat and sinks within minutes while on a transatlantic crossing to the United States three days after the outbreak of war.[1][2]

Scientists aboard a research ship in 1981 discover the wreck of the Goliath lying upright in 1,000 feet (305 m) of water,[2] and divers are sent down to investigate the wreck. Oceanographer Peter Cabot (Mark Harmon) hears banging and music coming from the ship,[3] and is shocked to see the face of a beautiful young woman (Emma Samms) at a porthole. Cabot and his colleagues discover 337 people, survivors and their descendants, living in an air bubble in the wreck caused by the vessel having slowly sunk in relatively shallow water. The residents of Goliath, who have invented some technologies to help them survive, some not even known to the outside modern world, live in a superficially utopian society under the autocratic leadership of John McKenzie (Christopher Lee), a junior officer at the time of the sinking credited with saving a portion of the passengers and crew.[1] The scientists are surprised to discover that McKenzie and some of the ship's residents are not interested in being "rescued", and that there are outcasts and rebels opposed to McKenzie's seemingly beneficent leadership, which also includes brutal discipline, mandatory contraception, euthanasia, and outright murder disguised as a mysterious disease.

Complicating things, the Goliath had been carrying some sensitive documents to U.S. President Roosevelt. A joint American/British military team is sent by Admiral Wiley Sloan (Eddie Albert) to retrieve and destroy the documents.[1][3]

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The interiors of Goliath were principally filmed on location aboard the RMS Queen Mary in California.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Goliath Awaits". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c McLean, Robert A (1981-11-05). "High Adventure at the Bottom of the Sea". The Boston Globe. p. 1. 
  3. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1981-11-16). "TV: 'Goliath Awaits,' Undersea Yarn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  4. ^ Gore, Robert J (1981-05-30). "Queen Mary Is Setting for Sci-Fi Film". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

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