Titanic (1997)

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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: 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: 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: It seems strange during the dinner scene that Rose's mother and Cal would make a point to mention that Jack is from third-class. Obviously they're trying to embarrass him, but it seems like they'd be causing more embarrassment to themselves to admit that they're actually sitting at the same table as (oh, horrors) someone from steerage. You'd think they would just ignore him as much as possible. (00:59:20)


Correction: Jack was only there because he saved Rose's life, so to have ignored him would have been considered extremely rude and ungrateful, even if he is from steerage.

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.


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: Before Rose decides to leave the dinner party at the very beginning of the trip, she is wearing a necklace. When she is running outside to go and jump it is gone. In fact the necklace never appears again. (00:35:45)

Correction: The reason the necklace is missing at the jumping scene is this. There is a scene that was taken out of the movie that has Rose ripping her necklace off in her stateroom. Then comes the scene where Rose is running towards the back of the ship.

Corrected entry: The diamond in the film, "La Coeur de la Mer," is supposed to be a diamond owned by Louis XVI and lost during the French Revolution, which Lovett refers to also as the "Blue Diamond of the Crown." In one early scene Lovett mentions to Rose that "Today it would be worth more than the Hope Diamond." This is impossible: the diamond of which he speaks is in fact the Hope Diamond, which was also owned by Louis XVI, lost during the French Revolution, heart-shaped, and known as the Blue Diamond of the Crown while owned by the French monarchy. The two stones are one and the same. Also, the Hope was recut sometime in the early 19th century to its present oval shape, so that it had lost its heart-shaped form a century before Titanic sailed; this makes "The Heart of the Ocean" something of a misnomer. Needless to say the Hope Diamond was never on board Titanic, and is now lodged safely in the Smithsonian rather than lying at the bottom of the ocean. (00:44:50)

Correction: I've scoured the internet, and I can see no evidence that the Hope Diamond was ever called 'La Coeur de la Mer' (see http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmnh/hope.htm, and many other sites). The Hope Diamond was known as both the "Blue Diamond of the Crown", and the "French Blue". I think the filmmakers were inspired to make that into two diamonds: the real one, which is now the Hope diamond (the "French Blue"); and the fictitious 'La Coeur de la Mer' (the "Blue Diamond of the Crown").

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: The roses in the car that Jack and Rose make love in look as if they were just put in there, but the Titanic had sailed days ago and its freezing. How could they still be alive?

Correction: On the actual Titanic, fresh roses were put in the vase every day. This was because the owner wanted to visit the car, and he expected it to look nice. The rich were very pampered in those days.

Corrected entry: The crew make the phonecall for help at about midnight. The answering ship says it will be there for rescue in approximately four hours. The ship turns up in broad sunlight. At 4am?

Correction: In 1912 ships did not use standardized time zones or adjustments to "Zulu" or Greenwich Mean Time for all purposes. Instead, the time aboard ship was adjusted for eastward or westward travel. Titanic, Carpathia and Californian all had adjusted to a "Ship's Time" that was within a minute or two of each other, but perhaps at least 47 minutes behind present standards. Therefore, 4:00 am (when Caparthia stopped) was really 4:47-4:50 am. Civil twilight had begun by then for a 5:15 true sunrise. By the time the lifeboats were recovered, it was daylight.

Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose are at the 3rd class party right after the elegant dinner Rose grabs a cigarette from a man's hand and smokes it once and gives it back before she stands on tip toes but when the camera films her again starting to rise up she still has the cigarette in her hand.

Correction: She doesn't give the cigarette back to Tommy - she moves the cigarette to her left hand, gives Jack the hem of her dress, then switches it back to her right hand before going up on tiptoe.

Corrected entry: Just before the Titanic sinks some people slide on the wood corridor. A skate was used to create the effect, and you can see it under them in some scenes.

Correction: This is not entirely true. The stuntmen were wearing lifejackets that had 4 large ball bearing rollers on a large metal frame built into the back of the life jacket. The only metal part that was on the exterior of the life jacket was the 4 ball bearings. I own one of the stunt life jackets and have seen the movie many times and can assure you that the rollers can not be seen but I do believe you can hear the sound they make while sliding down the corridor. There is a deck chair that slides down at the same time but I don't think wood sliding down wood would make the metallic wheel sound you hear.

Corrected entry: How is it that the lights stay on so long while the ship is sinking. They don't totally go out until about the time the ship breaks in half (although about a third of the boat is underwater by then). The excuse could be made that there are multiple circuits for the lights in the ship, but there is at least one wide shot that shows all of the lights on the entire ship flicker at the same time. Also, I have been on a few modern day cruise ships and they have hardly any lights illuminating the outside decks at night yet the Titanic seems to have an abundance of outside lighting.

Correction: A. You must remember this was not a paltry cruise ship; this was a luxury liner, in distress, in the middle of the night. All lights in public spaces, promenades, lounges, dinning rooms, etc. would've been lit to aid with the evacuation. B. Fact: Not one of the Titanic's engineers survived the sinking. This is because they remained down below manning the generators until they failed, exactly around when the ship did cleave in two. The exact time is noted in both the American & British inquiries undertaken after the disaster.

Corrected entry: Early in the movie old Rose states that she only wore the diamond necklace "this once" (when Jack draws her picture). Later in the movie Cal is shown helping her put it on when giving it to her. That's twice.

Correction: If you look at the scene where Cal is putting the necklace on the "young" Rose, he does not actually fasten it, which technically would mean that when the "old" Rose states that she wore it only that once, she is correct. With Cal it was just held up to her.

Corrected entry: The lifejackets in the movie have the wrong number of cork pieces. In real life each side had six pieces but in the movie there are twelve. (02:37:00)

Correction: The real life jackets had numerous pieces of cork sewn into pockets. Some jackets have 6 pockets on each side (front and back). Some have 10, and some have 12. These can be confirmed by looking at historic photos from the disaster.

Ssiscool 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

Correction: Actually this mistake is accurate. In order for the dome to have imploded, the entire structure needed to be submerged, which it wasn't. While the movie implies it was, right before this scene the first funnel collapses and you can see the structure that housed the dome of the grand staircase still above water. You can also tell that the water hasn't completely overtaken the deck windows yet.

Corrected entry: When Rose is arriving in New York half asleep, she looks at the Statue of Liberty, which is the same colour as now (green). But if you visit the Statue of Liberty, you'll find a plate telling you that the original color was brown, and it took over 35 years for it to change colour. The Statue of Liberty was placed there in 1886, so in 1912 it should have still been partly brown. (02:54:05)

Correction: There is a newspaper report saying the statue was turning green by 1902. And newspaper reports from 1906 actually say the statue was entirely green by then and people were protesting to leave it green as opposed to the city who, at first, wanted to paint her back brown. It is even mentioned on statue of liberty frequently asked questions that she was all the way green by 1906.

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: 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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Chosen answer: During the several years it took to construct the ship probably, or in any of the supplies/food brought on board, or in the furniture brought on board. A single pregnant female rat can be responsible for thousands of rats in a very short space of time (the offspring are not too choosy about who they breed with).

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A pregnant female rat could have made a home in a underneath a third class couch and had the other rats then all the females would have baby rats quickly.

Answer: In addition to the other answers, rats can easily get on ships by climbing the mooring lines that tie vessels to the dock and also go up unattended gangways. They can also use temporary overhead cables attached to ships while in port.

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