Titanic (1997)

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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.

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Corrected entry: When Rose's mother is getting into the lifeboat and Rose runs off to find Jack, she is the only person on the boat whose breath is not freezing. (01:52:10)

Correction: At this stage, none of the people's breath is seen.

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Corrected entry: Throughout the whole movie, you can see the outline of hills in the background, even though the Titanic sank in the middle of the Atlantic. (00:30:30)

Correction: The outline of hills are seen in the earlier parts of the movie while the Titanic is still close to the land. After the first night sequence (where Rose goes to jump) you see no more outlines.

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Corrected entry: When Ruth boards the ship she walks on the plank followed by her maid. Cal and Rose are not seen in the scene. In the next scene Ruth is entering the ship followed by Cal and Rose and then the maid is in view again. (00:22:15)

Correction: In the shot of them walking up the walkway onto Titanic, it's Ruth followed by Cal and Rose and then the maid with the boxes. As they enter the ship its the same order. No mistake here.

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Corrected entry: When asking Jack about his rootless existence, Rose's mother lifts her wine glass. She holds the glass around the stem. There are two brief shots of Molly and Jack (lasting 5 seconds) and when we see Rose's mother again, she is drinking from the wine glass, but now holding around the cup itself. Yes - she could in theory have put the glass down, changed her grip and lifted it again during the 5 seconds - but much more likely, it is a continuity error.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: More likely doesn't mean absolutely, and 5 seconds is plenty of time to change grip.


Corrected entry: When the alarm sounds that a iceberg is ahead and the officer orders a hard turn to avoid the iceberg, the crew steers hard to the left. However when he reverses the screw [propeller] the underwater footage shows the right screw coming to a stop and then reversing. This would make the ship try to steer to the right by the right screw pushing water forward. thus cancelling out or limiting the effect of the rudder steering left. The left screw would need to be reversed to aid this left turn.


Correction: Except this is what the crew actually did. The Titanic was poorly designed in this manner, where reversing caused much slower turning.


Corrected entry: When the watchtower guys spot the iceberg, the shot cuts to the bridge and the helmsman. The helmsman is directed to come "hard a starboard" which is to the right, and right into the iceberg. The helmsman, however, is shown steering to port/left despite the original command.

Correction: In fact both the command and the helmsman's actions are correct. In 1912, commands were given relative to rudder position, and were, in fact, reversed. This stemmed from the days of non powered vessels, where the tiller would be pushed to the right (starboard) in order to make a port turn. The same is true for Titanic. In order to make a left (port) turn, the front of the rudder would have to point to the starboard (right) side. Although confusing today, this was the correct command in Titanic's day.

Correction: I've seen this movie well over a dozen times and have reviewed the sinking scene. I can't spot any indication of a change in the funnel shapes. Please provide a time code or advise which one of the funnels becomes rectangular.

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Corrected entry: 100% of the audio in this movie was added in post production, including voices.

Correction: This is NOT true. During the painting scene, Leo flubs the line "Over on the bed.the couch." The director even said so.

Corrected entry: When Rose is about to board the ship in the beginning of the movie, her maid Trudy is carrying two black and beige hat boxes. These are cardboard hat boxes produced and sold by Ikea in the mid-nineties. (00:21:35 - 00:22:30)

Correction: Black and beige are common colors and the Ikea items are undoubtedly replicas

Corrected entry: The real Titanic was not moored to the dock in England it was anchored out in deeper water in the harbor and passengers were shuttled out to it on smaller boats as the harbor was not deep enough right at the dock.

Correction: Wrong. Titanic docked at the White Star dock in Southampton, where the scene we see is set. See http://www.titanic-titanic.com/southampton.shtml. It was at Cherbourg, her first port of call that she was too large for the docks and had to lay off in the harbour.

Corrected entry: James Cameron became so obsessed with the Titanic, that he has actually spent more time with the ship than those who sailed on it.

Correction: Well of course he did, it's hardly trivia. The real Titanic only sailed for 4 days and it's not unreasonable to spend more than four days with the ship when you're studying it.

Corrected entry: As the little boy is winding the string around his top and is about to throw it he has it upside down (pointed side up), yet when he throws it, it is in the correct position (with the point down).

Correction: I do that all the time. That's the way the top is thrown. The string is wound in such a way that it flips the top when you throw it.

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Corrected entry: The whole manner in which upper class people speak has been dumbed down for the audience. High society people in the early part of the 20th century had a very refined manner of speaking; whatever they truly meant was masked with something more socially appropriate. For instance, when Rose's mother says something to the effect of: "Here comes that vulgar Brown woman. Let's move before she sits with us," she would have been considered extremely ill-mannered. In reality, she would have given some knowing glances, and said something more like: "It's getting very warm in here. Perhaps we should take a turn on the deck." Her friends, seeing Molly Brown approaching, would know exactly what she really meant. (00:50:40)


Correction: This is a generalisation about a large section of society. It is not possible to say that all high-society people would act in the same way. It's not a movie mistake to make it easier for the audience to understand, it's not different from having foreigners speak English in their own country to avoid subtitles.


Corrected entry: When the plates are falling on the floor near the end of the movie, if you watch when the camera shows the sideways shots of all the crashing plates, there is another cabinet in the background with vases and cups on it that aren't even moving.


Correction: In general many of the vases and cups did not move but if you watch carefully you can see that about half of the vases and cups do move slightly in the direction of the plates falling.

Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose are fleeing along a passage the water causes a gasoline explosion in each light fixture it reaches. The Titanic would have had DC lighting, in which case the bulbs would have simply broken from the temperature differential and the water would have shorted out the entire circuit that the lightbulb was on. (02:17:10)

Correction: The lights would have been wired in parallel so that if one of them failed the rest would still remain lit both for safety and to make identification of the failed bulb easy. If the lights were wired in series then failure of one would lead to darkness and all would have to be checked to determine which one had to be replaced. Note that this behaviour is not linked to whether the current is AC or DC.


Corrected entry: At the very beginning of when the Titanic is starting to initially sink and things are still relatively calm, some of the guards are calling for "women and children only" and the very first of the life boats are being loaded. However, a split second later the cameras pan back to the first few boats and one of the boats is half-filled with men.

Correction: It depends what side of the ship the boats were on. On the port (left) side, 2nd Officer Lightoller took "Women and Children Only" literally. It is him who says this in the film, and wouldnt allow any men. However on the starboard side, 1st Officer Murduch did allow men on if there were no more women willing to get in.

Corrected entry: On Sunday, before the church service, we see Rose's mom tightening Rose's corset. Later that day, when Jack draws Rose, she doesn't have any red marks on her skin from wearing the corset. These things broke people's ribs. She should have had at least some indication that she had been wearing one. (01:09:25 - 01:22:40)

Correction: Rose would have been a corset wearer for some years so the red marks would be minimal, that and the fact that a corset needs something under it to stop it getting dirty with sweat, etc., would stop most red marks.

Corrected entry: After Rose calls Brock Lovett, Brock and Bodine are talking on the boat's deck, Bodine says "Rose died on the Titanic when she was 17." Then he goes on to say later that she was an actress in her early 20's. Why would he say she died on the Titanic when she was 17 when he knew she had not?

Correction: They are trying to figure out if the old woman was the same Rose that reportedly died on the Titanic (her family never found her, so she was listed as missing, presumed dead). They say Rose DeWitt Bukator died on the Titanic when she was 17. Then they say that they've traced the old woman, Rose Calvert, back to the early 20's (the 1920's, not her 20's) when she was Rose Dawson, the actress. They can't know for sure if it is the same person.


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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

Answer: Furthermore, the "Code of Conduct" would put many boats in the water without anybody being able to row them.

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