Titanic

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.

tjmco767

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

LorgSkyegon

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.

Corrected entry: When Titanic cracks in two, one of the funnels is rectangular, not round.

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.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: The lifeboats have S.S. Titanic on them. It is pretty ironic James Cameron went through such trouble for authenticity when the real name would be R.M.S. Titanic.

Correction: The real Titanic's lifeboats were labelled "S.S. Titanic". An original nameplate from one of the lifeboats still survives to prove it.

Jeff Swanson

Corrected entry: At the end of the drawing scene, Jack dates his finished portrait of Rose as 1914, two years after the titanic sank.

Correction: Untrue. The drawing very clearly reads "April 14 1912".

JC Fernandez

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.

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Rose lets go of Jack's hand and he sinks to the bottom, if you look closely enough, you can see Jack blink, even though he is supposed to be dead already.

PoPEyE

Correction: He never blinks. It's not a living person being used for this shot anyway, it's a dummy, so it's impossible.

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)

Krista

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.

tw_stuart

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.

Packergirl

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: 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 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.

tw_stuart

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.

Myridon

Corrected entry: The two men in the crows' nest are shown to each have a pair of binoculars to search for icebergs. However, the real men in the crows' nest did not have a single pair between them. They had left them at the port in Southhampton.

Correction: They never show the men in the crow's nest with binoculars, and they even make a point to show one officer asking another if he had found them. The officer replies "I haven't seen them since we left Southampton."

Corrected entry: When the kids are "making out" in the car below decks, numerous cars are visible. I used to subscribe to a magazine published by the Vintage Car Collectors' Association. One contributor estimated that, in light of the number of wealthy people on board, there could be as many as about three dozen cars sitting down there (with the wood, fabric, and tires gone, of course). He was refuted by a Titanic history buff who pointed out that two copies of the manifest existed. One went down with the boat and the other survived at the destination. Apparently the only car on board was the Peugeot that drove to the dock as the boat was ready to depart. Added error: that car would have been loaded days or weeks earlier. (01:29:40)

Correction: There is no other car visible in any scenes in the cargo hold. It's crates, suitcases, etc.

Factual error: The lake that Jack told Rose he went ice fishing on when she was threatening to jump is Lake Wissota, a man-made lake in Wisconsin near Chippewa Falls (where Jack grew up). The lake was only filled with water in 1918 when a power company built a dam on the Chippewa River, six years after the Titanic sank. (00:39:05)

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Cal Hockley: You're going to him? To be a whore to a gutter rat?!
Rose: I'd rather be his whore than your wife.

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Trivia: Bernard Fox, who portrayed Colonel Archibald Gracie IV, also played Frederick Fleet in the 1958 film, A Night to Remember, another film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Frederick Fleet was the first person to notice the iceberg and shouted the warning to the crew.

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