GenreAdventure, Sci-Fi, Drama NetworkIndependent station LanguageEnglish
WriterRichard Bluel, Pat Fielder Release date1981 Episodes1 Episode 1Season 1 - Nov 11 - 1981, 1 Episode 1, 1 Episode 1Season 1 - Nov 11 - 1981, 1 Episode 1 CastMark Harmon (Peter Cabot), Christopher Lee (John McKenzie), Eddie Albert (Admiral Wiley Sloan), John Carradine (Ronald Bentley), Alex Cord (Dr. Sam Marlowe), Robert Forster (Comdr. Jeff Selkirk)
Tagline40 years ago it sank, now... Goliath Awaits.
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. 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.
Scientists aboard a research ship in 1981 discover the wreck of the Goliath lying upright in 1,000 feet (305 m) of water, and divers are sent down to investigate the wreck. Oceanographer Peter Cabot (Mark Harmon) hears banging and music coming from the ship, 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. 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.
Mark Harmon as Peter Cabot
Christopher Lee as John McKenzie
Eddie Albert as Admiral Wiley Sloan
John Carradine as Ronald Bentley
Alex Cord as Dr. Sam Marlowe
Robert Forster as Commander Jeff Selkirk
Frank Gorshin as Dan Wesker
Jean Marsh as Dr. Goldman
John McIntire as Senator Oliver Bartholemew
Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Bartholomew
Duncan Regehr as Paul Ryker
Emma Samms as Lea McKenzie
Kirk Cameron as Liam
Lori Lethin as Maria
John Ratzenberger as Bill Sweeney
The interiors of Goliath were principally filmed on location aboard the RMS Queen Mary in California.