Titanic

Titanic (1997)

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Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, you can see one of the workers from the boiler rooms in steerage just as Cal comes looking for the little girl, but in history books, no one from the boiler rooms survived.

Correction: No one from the engine room survived, not the boiler rooms. Some stokers served as crew in lifeboats.

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Corrected entry: When the ship is sinking, and Rose and Jack are running through the inside of the ship, you can blatantly see cameras and crew outside the window.

Correction: If you look closely at the people running by they have something white on which looks like the lifejackets. So the "crew and cameras" are people and objects that were on the Titanic as it is sinking.

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Corrected entry: When the ship finally submerges and Jack and Rose are pulled down by such terrific suction wouldn't it follow that Rose's shoes would come off? Suction strong enough to pull a person underwater would definitely pull off a flimsy pair of shoes. Yet when she is laying on the door, there they are.

Correction: In the book "Titanic at Two" (I don't have it anymore, less I would give better detail) there is an account of the last man to leave the ship. However he was standing where our Mr. Leo was, but he may have portrayed him as the man standing next to him (they take time to exchange a glance I believe). At any point, the rear section of the ship sank so slowly no suction occurred. (Due to the section still having large amounts of air trapped inside) He states that he simply stepped off and into the sea and did not even get his hair wet... At any point, the shoes are not even a issue... There was no violent "suck under".

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Corrected entry: On the morning before Titanic sank (Sunday) Jack tries to go to the first class dining room to see Rose (I think it was the dining room). In real life, EVERYONE was allowed to go to the service, not just first class, though there were services in all the classes, but everyone was invited to attend.

Correction: There were services in each class, but in their own areas of the ship: First and second class in their own dining saloons, not all in the first class one.

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Corrected entry: If the Old Rose was telling the story to the crew from her perspective, then how did she know what the other characters in the movie were saying? There are conversations throughout the movie that Rose could not have heard.

Correction: This bothered James Cameron at first as well, but he figured that someone who was on the Titanic would pay close attention to the hearings straight after the disaster and subsequently, especially after the wreck was discovered. (She does after all ask her granddaughter to turn up a Titanic related news report). Rose would probably be well acquainted with the history side of this story, and she was telling it to a boat full of Titanic enthusiasts and experts.

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Corrected entry: Though James Cameron was very thorough on researching the ship, he missed one crucial thing: the lifts in first class only went down to D-deck; he shows them going down to E-deck.

Correction: On the actual deck plans from the Titanic, the elevators go down to E-Deck. They went that far down so they could serve all the decks with first class cabins.

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Corrected entry: Rose, Cal and Ruth come down the Grand Staircase to go down to the Dining Room. The Grand Staircase leads down to A-Deck, but Rose, Cal and Ruth's suite is on B-Deck, one deck lower. They would be coming from the Boat Deck, two decks above B-Deck.

Correction: The Grand Staricase ran from the Boat Deck, through A-Deck, B-Deck, C-Deck and ended on D-Deck, which is where the Dining Room was located. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for Rose, Cal and Ruth to walk down the Grand Staircase from their suite on B-Deck to the Dining Room on D-Deck.

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Corrected entry: When Cal finds the drawing of Rose, he is angry and scrunches it up. It doesn't make sense that he or somebody else would then smooth out the wrinkles and carefully put it back in the folder and into the safe, where it would be found years later. I also find it hard to believe that it would have stayed in such good condition after 80 odd years in the water.

Correction: Cal crumples up the note Rose left him with the picture, not the picture itself. And you would be amazed at the things they have recovered that are in almost perfect condition, journals, letters, etc. So it is not so far fetched - this is was another well preserved artifact.

Bruce Minnick
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Corrected entry: In the scene where Molly Brown is trying to persuade the woman to turn the boat around and help the people in the water, she is rudely defeated. However in real life, she did manage to get the boat to turn around.

Correction: From A Night to Remember by Walter Lord: The ladies in boat 6 were different. Mrs. L. Smith, ...Mrs. Churchill Candee..., Mrs. J.J. Brown, naturally brave and lusty for adventure- all begged Quartermaster Hichens to return to the scene. Hitchens refused. He painted a vivid picture of swimmers grappling at the boat, of No. 6 swamping and capsizing. The women still pleaded, while cries grew fainter. Boat No. 6-capacity 65; occupants 28-went no closer to the scene.

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Corrected entry: When the seamen in the "rescue" lifeboat are shouting for survivors, there is a distinct echo of his call. What does the echo come off? There are no reflective surfaces on a flat ocean.

Correction: It's possible the echo came off the iceberg. I doubt any good filmmaker would have unwanted echoes on a soundstage.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member
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Corrected entry: When Cal shoots at Jack and Rose as they run down the grand staircase, the bullet hits the Cherub on the railing and it goes to pieces. In actual fact, the cherub is preserved to date.

Correction: One: That wasn't the cherub that was hit with a bullet. Two: The Titanic had two cherubs; one in the forward first class entrance and another in the rear first class entrance.

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Corrected entry: When the ship is in a vertical position, Jack and Rose are on the other side of the metal bars at the end of the ship. You can see someone's hand grabbing the metal bar just before the scene changes. That is impossible because as shown there is nothing below the bars where the man could have stood.

Correction: The man was holding onto the anchor, which was secured to the ship, and just reached up and grabbed the railing to pull himself up.

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Corrected entry: As the boat is flooding and Jack and Rose are almost completely submerged in water, sometimes you can see that Rose's dress is cut knee-length to help her move more efficiently in water. One prime example of this is when Jack plunges underwater to get the keys to the gate in front of them.

Correction: Rose's dress is not knee length, it is just that as it is made of chiffon or some other very light and flimsy fabric, it has gathered up aover her knees as she is running through the water

mandy gasson
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Corrected entry: They show one of the guards, Will, shooting himself in the head after he shoots the Irishman. However this man did not actually shoot himself and his family took a lawsuit against the film makers for portraying him as gutless. The rumour that he had shot himself as well as a passenger surfaced not long after the ship sank. The family of the officer received messages from crew members who survived assuring them that he died like a hero and he did not shoot any passengers or himself.

Correction: Not a mistake, nor really trivia.

Kara
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Corrected entry: Leo freezes and sinks into the ocean from the door. This wouldn't happen. Partially or even totally frozen human bodies float in water. Even fully-clothed frozen bodies have been shown to float.

Correction: The body would sink because of the lack of air, but when it decomposes it would float back up.

gandolfs dad
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Corrected entry: Rose's hand sticks to Jack's hand at the end because of how cold it is, so why didn't other things stick, like the whistle to the man's mouth or Rose to the wood or Jack to the wood or Jacks cuffs to his wrist?

gandolfs dad

Correction: Her hand doesn't stick to his hand. Jack's hand has frozen into position while holding Rose's hand so she has to unhook her own hand from him.

Kara
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Corrected entry: The fat guy of the boat's crew wears a black smile t-shirt at the beginning of old Rose's narration, later he wears a white one with a flag on it.

Correction: Everyone's wearing different clothes at this point - there was a present day scene showing the narration ending and continuing on a different day, but it was cut out of the finished film.

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Corrected entry: When Jack hands Rose the note saying "Make it count, Meet me at the clock" rose isn't wearing gloves. Then when she gets there she's wearing white gloves.

Correction: Ladies' gloves were removed when eating, so Rose probably popped them back on before leaving the table and meeting Jack at the clock.

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Corrected entry: All four funnels have smoke coming out of them in the film, but apparently the fourth one was actually fake, so it shouldn't have smoked.

Correction: It wasn't completely fake - it had a section of it closed off to store deck chairs in, but was still also used for ventilating the kitchens, explaining the slight smoke. Also, be aware that because the smoke from the other three is blown over the fourth, it makes it hard to tell whether it's actually smoking or not.

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Corrected entry: The wreckage in the movie is really the actual Titanic wreck, not any special effects. Director James Cameron cried when he went down to see it.

Correction: Not all the shots are real - some were created specifically for the film.

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Factual error: Rose mentions Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's ideas on the male preoccupation with size to Bruce. However this is 1912, and Freud did not publish the work relating to this until 1920 in "Beyond The Pleasure Principle." Also, up until 1919, Freud relied solely on data from women. (00:33:40)

David Mercier
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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: Gloria Stuart (old Rose) and Kate Winslet (young Rose) were the first two actresses to be Oscar nominated for playing the same character in the same movie. Kate Winslet did it again in 2001, when she was nominated Best Supporting Actress for Iris - she played young Iris Murdoch, while Judi Dench played old Iris.

baccgirl
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Question: What happened to Rose's mother after the sinking? I'm curious because she made it very clear while she was lacing up Rose's corset, that she was entirely dependent on Rose's match with Cal to survive. Whether she was exaggerating or not, she made the statement that she would be poor and in the workhouses if not for the marriage and Cal's fortune to support them. Obviously, since Rose is presumed dead after the sinking, she did not marry Cal and her mother was not able to benefit from his money. So would she then, in fact, end up poor and in the workhouses as she said? Rose didn't just abandon Cal and that lifestyle to start anew, she also had to abandon her mother. So did she leave her mother to be a poor and squandering worker? At the end of the movie, Rose gives her account of Cal and what happened to him in the following years, but never anything about her mother. I realize this question would probably be more speculation than a factual answer, but I just wondered if there were some clues at the end that I maybe didn't pick up on or if there were some "DVD bonus" or behind the scenes I haven't seen that answered this.

lblinc

Chosen answer: Because she is considered, in a minor sense, a "villain" in this film for forcing her daughter into a loveless arranged marriage to satisfy her personal wants, most fans probably speculate that she became a poor and penniless seamstress and lived out her life working in a factory. Of course, this is possible, without the financial security of the arranged marriage between Cal and Rose. However, it is difficult to believe that a woman of such status, and who has so many wealthy and powerful friends, would be allowed to languish in abject poverty doing menial labors. I would tend to believe that she probably sold a number of her possessions for money (she did mention that as part of the humiliation she would face if Rose were to refuse Cal's affections), and probably lived off the kindness of others. Given that her daughter was betrothed to a Hockley, his family might have felt an obligation to assist her in finding a suitable living arrangement and a situation for employment. It is also possible that she re-married into wealth. However, this is more unlikely, mainly because back in 1912, it was considered scandalous to re-marry, especially at Ruth's age. However, since Ruth does not make an appearance after surviving the sinking of the Titanic in a lifeboat number 6 (next to Molly Brown), nor is she mentioned again, her fate is left unknown and subject only to speculation.

Michael Albert

In that era, with Rose betrothed to Call, Cal would most definitely have provided for Ruth in the lifestyle she was accustomed to. As Cal angrily raged at Rose the morning after her excursion below decks, "You are my wife in custom if not yet in practice ", thus, society would have viewed him a villain had he not cared for Ruth once it was assumed Rose was dead.

Answer: Her mother's big problem was a heap of debts. It would have looked badly on the debt collectors to go hovering around her after what was assumed to have happened, and in a society where one's reputation was valued highly. They probably simply gave her a degree of debt forgiveness in her bereavement, then Cal, insurance, and even her Mother herself taking a second (rich) husband could've taken care of what was left.

dizzyd
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