Titanic (1997)

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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.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Jack hoists Rose up onto the railing at the front of the boat, and they stand there for several minutes. Having been at the front of a boat in San Francisco, I can say that the Jack and Rose would have been blown back and unable to stay on the railing due to the speed of the ship. Instead of a small breeze in Rose's hair, the wind would have been pushing them backwards.

Correction: Titanic's top speed was 23 knots (about 26 miles per hour). A strong breeze, yes, but certainly withstandable.


Corrected entry: When Rose finds Jack in the room where he's handcuffed to the pipes, the bow of the Titanic is already under water so it's angled, but on the desk's upper edge, you can see that the water is still parallel to the floor.

Correction: An optical illusion. The angle in which the ship has sunk by this point is subtle and really only noticeable when looking at the larger scale of the whole ship. In smaller areas the differences are negligible, especially given that the water is rarely still.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Rose is battered by a torrent of oncoming water, pulled up over a sinking ship which is almost vertical and sucked underwater for about a minute fighting a powerful suction pull, yet the heart of the ocean remains in her pocket and she only discovers this little extra weight after the sinking.

Correction: Given the circumstances, I think it is reasonable that your not going to notice something like that.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Old Rose's earrings are ones that dangle with big, round silvery pearls at the ends when she starts telling her story. But when we next see her, (after the drawing scene) and also after she has finished her narrative, her earrings are like stacks of little square metal disks.

Correction: Her earrings are not the only thing to change... her entire wardrobe changes (as well as the wardrobe of the rest of her audience), suggesting her story was not spun in one sitting. Considering Rose's advanced age and the extreme detail of her narrative it's unlikely her story was delivered uninterrupted.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is handcuffed to the pipe below decks, the first shot shows the window totally submerged at least 5 feet underwater and Jack looking through the window. In the next shot, you see the top of the water through the window. This could not be possible since the ship is sinking.

Correction: This is incorrect. At first, Jack sees the water slowly start to rise against the window, but he hasn't yet panicked. A few minutes later on in the movie, now the window is "underwater" and at this, Jack sees the water begin to come into the room, and then starts to panic and yell, "Hello, can anybody hear me?"

Corrected entry: Jack claims to have visited the Santa Monica Pier, which did not begin construction until 1916.

Correction: On September 9, 1909, after sixteen months of construction, the Santa Monica Municipal Pier opened to the public.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is about to leave the first class dinner party he was invited to, he tells Rose, "It's time for me to row with the other slaves," etc. He then hands Rose a yellow piece of paper, but when she opens it up to read it, it is then white. (01:04:35 - 01:05:10)

Correction: This has already been corrected, the paper is of an off-white color.

Corrected entry: When Rose writes the note to put in the safe with Jack's drawing, she is using a fine-pointed pen. But when Cal retrieves the note later, the ink appears much darker and thicker, as if it had been written with a felt tip pen.

Correction: Or as though the ink had soaked into the paper...

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is taking off his shoes & whatnot, Jack takes off his jacket twice.

Correction: No he doesn't; he has one jacket on which he takes off first, then he takes off a vest.


Corrected entry: Anyone who's ever been on a boat knows how dangerous it is to have a bigger boat floating nearby - it produces huge waves that make the little boat tilt and many times turn over. Now what kind of waves would such a huge ship as Titanic produce!? However, at the beginning of the movie, when Titanic is leaving the port, there is a fishing boat nearby with a fisherman in it - and nothing even moves. (00:26:55)

Correction: Having served onboard an Aircraft carrier for nearly 5 years I am very familiar with the wake a large ship can produce. The scene you refer to did not finish, that is the wake that was produced had not had enough time to reach the small vessel. The speed of the Titanic is approx 8 - 10 knots as she exits the port. The wake from her would have amounted to about 1 to maybe 2 feet of swell. Even when it did reach the small boat it would have been exciting bobbing up and down on the wake but it would not have capsized the small fishing boat. I have seen this played out with our carrier many times. One instance in the harbor of Japan, many small craft from 10 - 15 feet in length were rocked by our wake as we passed them at less than 20' but none ever capsized or had the occupants thrown overboard. They were Greenpeace demonstrators and put themselves in harms way for their beliefs and were far closer to us than the fisherman was to the Titanic, a ship of equal size to us.

James Rowell

Corrected entry: The Titanic strikes the iceberg on the right side of the ship. But when we see the wall on the inside bow of the ship get torn up, it is obviously on the left side.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: How can you distinct between what side it's on? Both of the sides are white and are curved outward. There is nowhere near enough evidence to conclude which side of the ship the water is entering.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Rose is getting the axe from it's glass case she is wearing a pink patterned dress, when she is breaking Jack's handcuffs moments later she is wearing a light pink dress with a blue wrap/cardigan thing. How did she find time to change when the ship was sinking?

Correction: She is always wearing the same dress, she just has a coat on over it and she takes it off revealing the light pink dress with a blue wrap you saw.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is going to sketch Rose, before she gets on the couch she hands him a coin: a Roosevelt dime, minted in 1946.

Correction: This has already been corrected at least once - it's a Barber dime, entirely correct for the period. Please check these things before submitting.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the film, when the guy is showing old Rose the sinking simulation, it doesn't match what he's saying. In one place in particular, the lights switch off, then it cuts to an wide shot (you see the computer screen) and the lights go out again. This happens through-out the simulation.

Correction: After watching this scene a few times, you're right that he says things a little before they happen or vice versa, but that isn't a mistake, that is just human error. Also when he says something earlier than what is shown on the simulation; it gives him time to explain what is happening.


Corrected entry: When the ship is sinking, you see the propellers come out of the water. When they first do come out, they are in one position. Howver, when the ship splits in half, the propellers are in a completely different position, and they couldn't have turned by themselves.

Correction: Water pressure inside the engine room could have forced the shafts to turn while the ship was taking on water and sinking.

Corrected entry: The first three funnels all fall down the wrong way. By looking at the twisted metal remnants of the smokestacks at their original positions, it can be told that the 1st fell forward, the 2nd fell to starboard, and the 3rd fell back into the tear in the ship. (02:35:50 - 02:41:50)

Correction: In the film, the first funnel did infact fall forwards, crushing some people. It is not shown in the film how the second funnel falls, so that can't be said. As for the third funnel, it could not have fallen backwards into the gap. This is because of the slant in which the ship was at; it is highly impossible for the funnel to fall backwards with gravity pulling it the other way.

Corrected entry: Throughout the film, Cora, the little third class girl, and her father speak with massively different accents. She sounds American whilst he speaks in a more likely cockney English. This is most noticeable in the departure scene where he says to her: "It's a big boat, ain't it?" and she replies in a perfect American accent, "But Daddy, it's a ship." Surely she would speak with roughly a similar accent to her father?

Correction: Father and daughter don't always speak alike. She could have lived with her mother and then her mother died or something then he took her in so that could be an explanation, also the longer you live some were the harder it is to get rid of the accent so maybe her father lived somewhere and got that accent and she never picked it up because they lived somewhere else. My friend's parents have a South African accent but she speaks just like the California girl she is.


Corrected entry: When water crashes through the dome why is it that water isn't pouring through the windows a deck lower? One hasn't even broken from water pressure because there isn't any water even touching it. A moment before when we saw the smokestack fall, one could see the encasing of the dome and the stairs' roof was submerging. The windows below must be broken and flooding when the water is crashing through the dome. (02:36:35)

Correction: Glass is normally strong enough to withstand slight water pressure, and there is a probability that the windows are submerged on both sides, so the same force is imposed on each side of them, so they will not break.

Andy Benham Premium member

Corrected entry: After the water has broken through the glass dome above the grand staircase and they show the water pouring down the hallway, you can see the dolly tracks as the camera goes back.


Correction: It's actually the pattern on the carpet that you are seeing. Pause the DVD as soon as the sequence starts.

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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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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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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