Titanic (1997)

221 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When Rose demands to be taken down in the elevator to look for Jack, the shadows cast on Rose's face are moving down. Surely if the elevator is moving down, then the shadows cast from outside the elevator would be moving up on Rose's face. (01:55:15)

Correction: Each floor would be lit in front of the elevator - as the elevator goes down, the bulb rises up, relatively, creating a shadow moving down.

But the floor isn't moving - other than the elevator. So the shadows can only move in relation to the way the elevator is going. And that means the shadows should be moving up.

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.

Corrected entry: In 1912, it would have been highly unlikely that Rose would have been able to get into and out of a dress in an automobile to have sex. She would have had multiple pieces of underclothes (corset, chemise, etc) that all would have come off as well as her dress. Then, suddenly she's dressed again and they're running away. And no, she would not have been able to leave those things behind as her dress would have been fitted for her corset. I have worn them before for costume purposes and authentic corsets take time to get them on and off.


Correction: We don't know what the dress was actually used for, it could have been for lounging around without a corset or something like that. Therefore we cannot determine whether she needed a corset and whether she wore one during these scenes. As for her underclothes, the chemise and drawers she would have been wearing wouldn't take too long to take off.


Corrected entry: When we see the Titanic moving at various times throughout the film, we can see smoke rising from all 4 funnels on top of the ship. However, on the Titanic there were only 3 working funnels, the 4th one was merely for decoration and to make it look more balanced.

Correction: This has already been submitted and corrected. Here's the earlier correction: The first smokestack was fully functional, as were the middle two. The aft most smokestack was a dummy funnel. It provided not balance but lighting and ventilation to the engineering spaces below decks. There were steam valves on it that could be mistaken for smoke while discharging, plus exhaust from the other 3 is blown backwards over the 4th, giving it the appearance of producing just as much smoke as them.

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: David Warner's character (Lovejoy) carries a polished, plated and highly-engraved handgun that Cal uses to shoot at Jack and Rose as the ship is sinking. The handgun is a Model 1911 Colt .45 calibre semi-automatic pistol. The problem is that the entire 1911 production (and well into 1912) of the Colt .45 was to fill a U.S. government contract for a new sidearm. Lovejoy's Colt wasn't manufactured until after the Titanic sank and thus, could not have been aboard the ship. (01:51:30)

Correction: Well, he was an ex-cop, and being Cal's bodyguard, he had to carry something. Besides, Cal's father is a very rich man. He was probably able to pull some strings to get Lovejoy the pistol.

. The M1911 came from Stembridge Gun Rentals. It was chosen because the patent date made it plausible. The Colt M1911 started to be issued in test articles around early 1912 to the US Military. A special run of 100 pistols, blued, were made in August of 1912 for select members of the National Rifle Association, before sales to the general public began the following year. Making it highly unlikely that a civilian or police no matter how rich would be able to buy one. The military themselves had a small number as it was. Even more unlikely it would be nickel plated. A blues version would have been more realistic.

Corrected entry: In the scene of the nude drawing, there is no maid. In high-society 1912, Rose would have needed one to remove her corset and her dress. She could not have done this on her own and she certainly would have needed help getting back into it when he finished the drawing. You see her earlier with her maid, Trudy, lacing up her stays. Rose could not have gone without her corset because all her dresses would have been measured and cut with it on. (01:22:25)

Correction: Rose could, in fact, have removed her own corset, because corsets have closures in the front as well as lacings up the back. And I can certainly remove my own formal dresses that fasten up the back, so I'd hope that she could have as well. As for getting it back on, I'm sure Jack would have been more than willing to lend a hand. Also, the dress she changes into is the blue lounge dress that likely wouldn't have needed a corset.

Not completely true. Corsets were so tight that women couldn't open their own dresses, even less the strings to their corsets. We see this in a deleted scene, before Rose attempts to jump off the ship that she can't open her dress, calling for her maid. So without Jack's help she wouldn't've been able to undress.

Corrected entry: In the Southampton scene when the boat is leaving dock, if you look closely, you can see a distant beach behind the boat. This is the landscape of where they filmed.

Correction: The Isle of Wight is within sight of Southampton, and has lots of nice beaches.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is drawing Rose he turns his sketchbook a few times and the way that he turns the book does not match up to the direction that it winds up when he's actually drawing. (01:23:10)

Lynette Carrington

Correction: He has his sketchbook landscape in his lap when getting Rose into position. He then turns it portrait as he adjusts himself, then turns it back landscape as he exhales before he starts drawing.

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Corrected entry: When the Titanic hits the iceberg, it shows a shot from inside the cargo hold, later it shows another one, it's really just the same shot looped. Note a barrel right behind the large white pole and a small stick in front of it. (01:36:30)

Brooks Jr.

Correction: There are a total of 3 shots showing a barrel by a white pole. In all 3 shots, the barrel's reaction to the water is different. In the first it is blasted over by the water. On the second it is knocked over and rolls off with the third being blasted forwards and up over some bags.

Corrected entry: In the early scene where Jack wins the tickets for the voyage, his hand-rolled cigarette is thin and almost done just before he shows his hand. About five seconds later, the cigarette is fatter and longer. (00:23:55)

Correction: Not true. The length and thickness remains the same.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When Brock Lovett opens the safe someone is taking a video. There are differences between what we see in the video camera monitor and what is actually happening, like the way Brock's hair falls over his forehead. (00:09:50)


Correction: There is no differences between what we see on the video and and off the video.

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Correction: This is incorrect. The tug boats depicted are British built vessels and can be seen on images taken of the Titanic when departing Southampton.

Corrected entry: After Molly Brown says, "Well there's something you don't see every day," we get a slow shot zooming in on the ship. Pay close attention to the door on the right side of the screen, just above the waterline, you can see lots of water gushing out. Water doesn't do that; it wouldn't rise above the sea level.


Correction: Yes it would if the pressure below decks is higher than atmospheric pressure. Or the water is being expelled by the ship's pumps, in an effort to slow down the sinking.


Corrected entry: Cal and Rose's cabin is on the port side of the ship. On the morning of 14 April, when they are having breakfast, the sun comes in through their windows directly from the side, and actually a bit from the front. As the ship was sailing West, that puts the sun in the Southwest where it only is in the afternoon.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: That far north, at that time of the year, the sun is always in the southern part of the sky, both morning and afternoon.


Corrected entry: When the ship is leaving Southhampton, there is an underwater shot of all three propellers starting to rotate together. This is incorrect as the middle turbine engine ran of the waste low pressure steam from the outer wing reciprocating engines, thus the outer engines would have to be running for some time before steam was fed to the turbine. The turbine was only used when getting the ship up to full speed, not maneuvering in ports. Also the three props started revolving at 60-70 revolutions per minute, this was a speed that would have given the ship 19 - 21 knots and the ship would have been wrecked in The Solent/Southampton waters if she was lucky with no loss of life.

Correction: Correct, the central propeller was powered by a low pressure turbine taking waste steam from the port and starboard reciprocating engines but was not independently controlled. It would be set in motion virtually at the same time as forward gears were engaged. The only difference was the central prop would not engage whilst in reverse gear. Note that this was the first time Titanic was leaving Southampton and the shipping channel is very narrow so under tug power only, maneuvering a ship of that size required ships power to assist, so 60 / 70 revolutions, whilst would propel the ship at around 21 knots in the open sea, maneuvering would require bursts of such revolutions. If you notice, actual history records that Titanic's propellers created sufficiently strong suction that moorings broke on "SS New York" and brought her on a collision course with "Titanic"

Corrected entry: When the Titanic first set out in 1912, almost immediately after leaving the dock, the suction of her propellers drew in a neighbouring ship, the New York. It snapped its lines making sounds like gunshots and the ship came within several feet of slamming into the Titanic's stern. Only the quick thinking of the tugboat captains and Smith (who ordered a touch ahead on the port propeller) stopped it from actually making contact. You'd think that this event would've been at least noticed by Jack or Fabrizio who would've had front row seats, yet it's not mentioned at all in the movie.

Correction: There were several real life events concerning the Titanic that were not portrayed in the movie. The fictional characters Jack and Fabrizio were at the bow of the ship looking forward through the departure, unlikely they would have noticed the near collision taking place at the stern.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Brock is reaching inside the safe to try and find the diamond, the sound of church bells can be heard in the background at various times.

Correction: The sound you're describing is so faint, indistinct, and muffled behind dozens of more prominent background noises that it could be the "clang" of any number of things aboard the ship.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: You can see land behind Thomas Andrews when Rose, Ruth and Cal are touring the ship, very noticeable when he says about the lifeboats "it was thought by some, that the deck would look too cluttered."

Correction: Actually if you look very very well, you can see that it is a close up of Victor, and the background image would look distorted and what appears to be land or ice, it's just the thing that the ropes form the funnels are connected to.

Corrected entry: Among the items recovered from the ship is an old hand mirror. While suspension of disbelief allows us to accept that a mirror could last this long intact, the fact is that submerged in water, at that pressure the mirror would have turned streaked if not turned totally black. (00:16:40)

Correction: I visited a huge exhibit of artifacts brought up from the Titanic that included bottles, glasses plates and personal belongings. Many of the artifacts, after being cleaned up, were in excellent condition. It appears that after all those years at the bottom many metal and glass objects were able to survive unscathed. As early as 1835 mirrors were created by depositing a thin layer of metallic silver onto glass; silver would not streak or turn black, regardless of the pressure.

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Corrected entry: In the dinner scene, Rose points out to Jack "John Jacob" (Astor), the richest man on the ship (and also a real person). During the sinking scene, he is seen holding onto a pole in the grand hall when the glass dome breaks and hundreds of tons of water come rushing in. This is not historically accurate, because he survived and was on a life boat the whole time. (No, he did not get on a life boat afterwards.)

Correction: John Jacob Astor IV died on the Titanic. His wife Madeleine survived, but he did not. He was not, however, inside the ship when it sank, but was swimming away and crushed by the forward funnel when it collapsed.

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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: 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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