Titanic (1997)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is sketching Rose, Rose's thumb position at her eyebrow changes from shot to shot. (01:22:50)

Correction: As an artist, I've done hundreds of hours of life drawing. Models constantly move around a bit while they're posing. Their muscles get stiff and cramped, they get tired, they're bored, they move an appendage without realizing it, they get cold, and so on. It would be unrealistic if Rose held the pose without any variation whatsoever.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: Titanic sank on its Maiden Voyage but where was it built? Right at the back of Titanic, there is something that says Liverpool which is in England but the flag it has belongs to either Australia or New Zealand.

Correction: Titanic was built at the legendary Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. The 'Liverpool' notation has nothing to do with where she was built, it is her port of registry. The flag on the stern is the British Blue Ensign, flown by ships on British government service. In this case, Titanic had the right to fly this flag because Captain Smith was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve.


Corrected entry: When Ruth and Molly are getting into the lifeboat, at one point you see someone passing a blanket for someone to put in the lifeboat. It is a plaid blanket. Later when Jack and Cal are trying to convince Rose to get into the lifeboat, before Cal puts his jacket on Rose, it is the same blanket. When she is in the lifeboat at the end of the movie, it is the same blanket. Also, after Jack saves Rose from jumping off the ship in the beginning, and Jack is about to be arrested, the same blanket is on Rose's shoulders.

Correction: How do you know it's the same blanket? It seems more likely this is just one "type" of blanket that White Star, the company that owns Titanic, would have supplied to its cruise ships. All the deck chairs would likely have blankets put on them or be placed nearby for passengers to use when they're sitting out on the deck. It would be logical that all of the blankets were the same color and design. Therefore, you'd see more than one person covered with the same plaid blanket.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: Why does Brock call Caledon a 'son of a bitch' during the dive? At that time he doesn't know he was a bad guy. He was just a wealthy man who lost some expensive jewelry at a ship disaster.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: In this instance the phrase is just a generic expression, not a condemnation of his personality.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: On deck during the sinking Cal says about Jack's drawing 'Too bad I didn't keep it. It will be worth a lot more in the morning'. But he did keep it! He actually even put it back in the safe.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Cal meant to keep it with him when he gets off the ship. Since the ship is sinking, the safe will be at the bottom of the ocean very shortly. Besides, he was probably being sarcastic.

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: At the end, Rose changes her name to Dawson, unofficially. First, doesn't anybody notice that there is a Rose Dawson arriving in New York who wasn't on the ship when it left? Second, Lewis Bodine says that he tracked Rose down all the way to the twenties. Shouldn't he have noticed that the first record of her was the day the Carpathia arrived in New York? Where she was already 17 or so? Even if she did manage to falsify a birth certificate, shouldn't there be any more records of her?


Correction: The short answer to the questions in this submission is "no". In 1912, passenger manifests were notoriously inaccurate, especially international transports like the Titanic. The ship made two stops before heading across the Atlantic (France and Ireland); people got on and off the ship in both places with poor record keeping. Accounts still today differ on the number of people lost in the accident, mainly because no accurate passenger manifest could be verified. International IDs were non-existent for most immigrant passengers, and many changed their names upon arrival in America. It would not have been unusual at all for someone with a new name to have "emerged" from the rescued passengers, and in the confusion and chaos surrounding the sinking, most immigrant passengers melted into the community. Rose could have reported her papers lost on the ship (a last minute passenger, much like Jack was in the movie) and gotten a new birth certificate in that era without much difficulty.


Corrected entry: Just before Jack and Rose return to Cal's room in the scene where Jack is framed for stealing the necklace, Cal says he wants the entire room photographed. Was someone forgetting that this movie is set in 1912, a time when photography was extremely low-key to what it is today?


Correction: What does that have to do with anything? Low-key or not, Cal was rich and if he wanted it all photographed, he could get his wish anytime.


Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose enter the water and everyone is still splashing around, a speedboat and banana boat can be seen quite in the background.

Correction: No, they can't, because they don't exist. The scene was shot in a tank, indoors. The more distant swimmers are CGI, as is the rest of the background, which is pitch dark. There are no such boats.


Corrected entry: Following the captain's instructions to the Marconi Radio operator, you see one of the lifeboats beginning its descent to the sea. The name stenciled on the front of the lifeboat says "S.S. Titanic", when the Titanic was a "R.M.S." vessel.

Correction: The lifeboats on the actual Titanic did say "S.S. Titanic."


Corrected entry: Close to the beginning of the film when Rose is looking through Jack's drawings, a man walks by with a long black coat down to his ankles, in the following shot you see the same man walk past only this time the coat is just below the waist and a different colour from the previous shot. (00:49:10)


Correction: It's not the same person each time that is walking by. These are two different men and you can see the man in the longer dark coat is now in the background of the second shot. There would be many passengers out for a stroll on the deck.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: When the water pressure implodes the grand staircase's glass dome, the camera looks down at the boat deck windows, which are completely smashed. Yet when this is looked at closely, you can see the outside deck. Wouldn't that all be under water? (02:28:50)

Correction: Look even closer and you will see that the water is pouring into the grand staircase.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When the water breaks into the bridge, Captain Smith is standing next to the wheel. In the next shot he's been replaced by his stunt double. (02:25:55)

Correction: Once the windows are about to break Captain Smith turns his back to the camera and we don't see his face again. Therefore it is impossible to say if it's Bernard Hill or the stunt double we are seeing on screen.


Corrected entry: After running from Cal shooting at them, Rose and Jack run UP through the dining room, away from the flooded staircase. They go up and up, then down 1 flight of stairs. Yet when they look back up those stairs, there's water overflowing down to them at the base. There's also doors holding back a wall of water at the end of the corridor that they enter. Water isn't rising that fast. (02:16:05)

Correction: Actually it is. Jack and Rose go from the flooded stairs up through the 1st class dining room and then down some stairs at the end of the dining room. We then see a shot of the water filing the dining room from the direction they come from as expected as they are going from a flooded area to an unflooded area. Shortly after this we see the water start to trickle down the stairs. We then see a shot of the little boy in the corridor which floods as it's below the first class dining room as is prevented from flooding by the doors we see. Then we see the water gushing down the stairs. So the water is rising at an alarming rate.


Corrected entry: When Jack and his friend are standing on the bow, looking at the dolphins swimming ahead of the ship, the dolphins are clearly Pacific white-sides, not any Atlantic species. (00:30:45)

Correction: Those are striped dolphins which look very similar to pacific white-sided dolphins except for their dorsal fins. These dolphins had dorsal fins that were too dark to be pacific white-sided dolphins.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack and Cal are trying to persuade Rose to enter a lifeboat, light rain can be seen falling in alternate shots, for example as Cal is saying 'I have an arrangement with an officer on the other side of the ship'. There was no rain during the sinking - it was a calm night. This mistake also shows that the scene was filmed on separate days, as the rain is only seen in some shots.

Correction: I believe the 'rain' to be spitting from the water used in the shot on set. Many of the scenes were filmed in a studio where rain would not occur.


Corrected entry: In the shot just before Jack is about to draw Rose's naked picture, Rose hands Jack a dime to pay for the drawing. However, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the portrait on the dime, was not the president until the late 1920's/early 1930's, therefore, a dime in 1912 would not have his picture on it.

Correction: The dime that Rose hands to Jack is a Barber dime, minted until 1916, and it features Miss Liberty, whose head is facing towards the right. The Roosevelt dime, features Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who faces the opposite direction, towards the left, and this dime has been minted since 1946.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When they send a distress call for help from any near-by ships, they send a CQD morse-code message in the film. However, in reality the CQD distress call was replaced by the SOS the same year that the Titanic went down. The Titanic was actually the first ship to ever use the SOS - not the CQD used in the film. Also, because the new distress call was only new, the near-by ship didn't recognise it for what it was, and didn't come to help.

Correction: CQD was a common distress signal used principally by the British until after the Titanic disaster. SOS was first adopted as an alternative signal in 1908. Contrary to popular myth, Titanic was NOT the first ship to send an SOS distress call. At least two American ships used the signal prior to that time. The S.S. Arapahoe sent an SOS in August 1909 after losing a propeller off the North Carolina coast in the USA. Later, the S.S. Arapahoe received an SOS from the S.S. Iroquois two years before the distress call was sent by Titanic. Titanic sent both distress calls, CQD and SOS. Captain Smith ordered only the CQD, but either signal was permitted at the time. Radio operator Harold Bride survived the sinking and later told that he and the other radioman, Jack Phillips, added the SOS on their own. One joked to the other, “Why don’t you also send the new signal, SOS? It might be your only chance to use it.” This item – well reported in other films and books about Titanic – might have been left on James Cameron’s cutting room floor. The “near-by ship” was the Leyland liner Californian that had stopped for the night because of the ice. Californian was not confused by Titanic’s SOS because she never heard it. Californian shut down her radio shortly before Titanic sent either the CQD or SOS. (24-hour radio operations were not required.) The nearest ship that actually heard the SOS was the little Cunard liner Carpathia some 58 miles away. She understood the distress call and immediately steamed at full speed to rescue Titanic’s survivors thereby earning herself an exalted place in maritime history. Carpathia, though, only had another six years to enjoy her newly found fame. Carpathia joined Titanic on the floor of the North Atlantic after being torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat in 1918 toward the end of the First World War. As a result of the Titanic disaster, the SOS became the sole uniform international distress call in late 1912.


Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose finally come aboard the top of the ship after she rescues him they ask the Colonel if there are any boats left and he says "up that way" The woman on the left, who looks kind of pathetic, is then later seen on the life boat with Molly Brown. (They show her face right after Molly says the line "it's your men out there") The life boat with Molly Brown in it was sent out before the scene with the Colonel, meaning that she must have gone on the life boat, swam back onto the ship and then back onto the lifeboat. (02:08:05)

Correction: While they look alike, it is in fact two separate people.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Just after the officer kills himself, there is a scene where many people are pulling a lifeboat, it falls and a man falls over the boat, almost "bouncing" - it is obvious this boat wasn't made of wood. (02:20:00)


Correction: The man falls onto the boat and bends his knees, then straightens them as he rolls off the boat. Thus giving the appearance of bouncing.


Corrected entry: When Lightoller yells at the passengers "stay back or I'll shoot you all like dogs" keep a close eye on officer Lowe, he is nowhere to be seen, then when Lightoller loads his gun and instructs Lowe to board the life boat he is standing there ready. (02:05:35)

Correction: Officer Lowe can been seen in the shot from behind Lightoller to the right of the screen crouched down and huddled up trying to keep passengers back from the boat.

Ssiscool Premium member
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Continuity mistake: When Jack and Rose are going down with the ship, there is a man holding onto the flagpole. The man's life jacket disappears and reappears. (02:42:42)

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Lewis Bodine: We never found anything on Jack. There's no record of him at all.
Rose Calvert: No, there wouldn't be, would there? And I've never spoken of him until now. Not to anyone, not even your grandfather. A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson. And that he saved me. In every way that a person can be saved. I don't even have a picture of him. He exists now, only in my memory.

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Trivia: James Cameron drew the picture of Rose himself, and it was sold at auction in 2011 for $16,000. (01:24:05)

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Question: Why were the women and children ordered to the lifeboats first and then the men? Why not just let anybody who could make it to the lifeboats get on?

Answer: Though not a requirement of maritime law, it was a matter of historical codes of chivalry that, in life threatening situations where limited numbers of life-saving resources were available, the lives of women and children were to be saved first. That was captain Smith's order the night the RMS Titanic sank. Some of the crew interpreted this to mean "women and children only." Thus, several of the lifeboats were launched only partially full, as men were prevented from occupying empty seats even when all nearby women and children had been boarded. The rescue efforts on the Titanic were further hampered by the fact that, initially, many of the passengers thought that the launching of lifeboats was unnecessary precaution, as the Titanic was thought unsinkable. The night air was cold. The lifeboats seemed uncomfortable. Thus, many preferred to stay on board the ship until reality of the magnitude of the situation became more evident and panic began to set in. Many of the men who survived in lifeboats, like White Star Line chairman Bruce Ismay, were branded cowards upon return to shore, even though many of them occupied seats that would have otherwise gone unused.

Michael Albert
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