Titanic (1997)

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Corrected entry: At the end of the dinner scene when the men rise to go to the smoking room Jack hands Molly a pen which he borrowed for writing the note for Rose but the note is clearly in pencil. (01:02:05 - 01:02:50)

Correction: It's a mechanical pencil, not a pen. Note the shape of the point, below Molly's little finger as she moves it to her bag. This is typical of mechanical pencils of the era. A pen would be a cylinder without a point at either end.


Corrected entry: When the ship splits in half, one of the passengers falls upwards, defying gravity.


Correction: This never happens. No one ever falls upwards.


Corrected entry: In the side view of the ship, you can see smoke coming out of all 4 smokestacks. The first one was not a working smokestack, but was there for balance.

Ellen Ricketson 1

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.

James Rowell

Corrected entry: When Rose and Jack join the steerage party he unbuttons his uncomfortable collar. Thereafter it hangs loose either in front of or behind the shoulders alternatingly. (01:05:00)


Correction: Well, everyone is dancing during the party, so his collar is most likely moving around because of how active he is.


Corrected entry: When Fabrizio is nearly sucked through the port hole into the grand staircase, he is pulled from a great distance. He manages to stop, and throws himself away from the porthole. However, this is much nearer to the porthole than he was when he was sucked through originally, and yet no longer has any problems with suction - as he even pauses before swimming away. The suction would not have disappeared this quick.

Correction: Once the water level equalized with the water level inside the porthole, the suction would disappear. We see the water cover the porthole just as he is climbing up.


Corrected entry: Titanic hits the iceberg and probably moves a few metres until the engines stopped. After that, Titanic doesn't move an inch. But in a later scene, it shows a wide range view of Titanic (very wide 'cause Titanic appeared small), yet the iceberg was nowhere in sight.

Correction: After the collision, the Titanic moves quite more than a few meters (remember she was going at full speed); and the iceberg is not likely to just stand close to the ship in order to appear in a shot some 15 minutes later, it keeps sailing on as if nothing happened.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Kate Winslet pays Leonardo DiCaprio for the picture he drew, she pays with a Mercury head dime (not a Roosevelt dime as has already been submitted). The Titanic sank in 1912 and Mercury head dimes were not made until 1916. (01:22:25)

Correction: Upon very close examination, the dime is in fact the correct Barber dime, minted from 1892 - 1916, not a Mercury dime.


Corrected entry: When Rose spits into Cal's face there's too much liquid to be spit. Apparently they used KY Jelly. (01:53:20)


Correction: The spit is realistic, there isn't too much liquid.


Corrected entry: J. Gordon Ismay was an educated, intelligent man. He knew perfectly well who Sigmund Freud was. Rose, on the other hand, was an unmarried Edwardian society girl and wouldn't have even been allowed in a room where Freud's books were kept. She would most certainly not have been aware of his theories of penile envy.

Correction: Just because Rose was not formally allowed to study Freud, or other subjects, does not mean her parents, (mother especially), did not educate her privately as many families in that time period did. Also, being from a wealthy family, until their father lost all the money, she could have had access to a library at home and studied on her on.

Mark English

Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose are spitting, the rising sun is to Titanic's right. That means they're going south, not west or north.

Correction: When Jack is teaching Rose how to spit, they are interrupted by her Mother, Molly Brown and others. Then, they sound the call for supper/dinner. The sun would be setting at dinner time, not rising, therefore the sun is on the correct side of the ship.


Corrected entry: After introducing Molly Brown, Rose says that "they're steaming west". But in that scene the rising sun is to Titanic's left, which means they're going north- and at full speed.

Correction: Most people who don't know much about navigation assume that you go straight west from Great Britain to New York, however, it is actually quicker to go slighty north and follow the curvature of the earth since it is narrower at that point. Rose proably just assumed (incorrectly) like most people that they went straight west.

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Corrected entry: Eric Braeden, playing John Jacob Astor, is shown on boat deck level of the grand staircase when the glass dome collapses from the weight of the water. But when the real Astor's body was found, it was terribly crushed and covered with soot. In all likelihood, he was one of those unfortunates who was caught beneath the falling forward funnel. (02:29:05)

Correction: It is not known how JJ Astor died. Check out this page for more details: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Carpathia/page12.htm.


Corrected entry: When the liferaft with the officers aboard returns to try and search for survivors in the water, one Officer shout's, 'Is anyone alive out there?' There is a distinct echoing. However, with just a flat ocean surely there is nothing to provide an echo of his voice.

Correction: Yes, there is - the iceberg.


Corrected entry: When Cal is searching for Rose on the Carpathia, she covers up her face so that he doesn't see her. But when the ship gets to New York, she is standing on the bow without anything covering her face, so Cal should be able to spot her straight away.

Correction: She hides her face because he's close to her. When she is standing at the bow, he's not anywhere around, so she's not afraid he'll see her.


Corrected entry: In the departure scene at Southampton, the underwater shot shows the centre propeller begin to spin. The centre, turbine-driven, propeller was only deployed after the ship was in the open sea. It was a sort of "booster" engine that provided extra speed. It would not be used while in tight quarters. (00:26:40)

Correction: Historical evidence states that the Titanic did start up its middle propeller, which nearly caused a major accident as the drag of the central propeller sucked another ship towards her.


Corrected entry: When Cal, Rose and Ruth are coming out of the cars, Rose emerges from the first. Lovejoy then opens the door on the second car for Ruth, who emerges clutching boxes. Then Cal gets out of the first car after Rose, holding the door open....for Ruth, who then climbs out of this car as well, empty handed. For this to happen, she would have had to climb out the first car, then into the second on the far side, deposited her boxes, before following Cal. Unlikely somehow.

Correction: The person to get out after Rose is not Ruth, but Rose's maid, Trudy. It does look like Ruth, but on closer inspection it makes sense to be Trudy as she would be carrying hand luggage like boxes, and is not dressed quite as well as Ruth.


Corrected entry: In the film the Titanic is seen with the stern high in the air, then splitting and crashing down into the sea, then rising almost vertical and finally sinking. This is not the way it actually happened. As the stern was rising the ship was also plunging forward towards the bottom. With the ship driving forward and down, and the stern trying to come up out of the water the combination of bending stress and water pressure serve to cause the hull to buckle upwards from the keel - not a top-down break as depicted in the film. The wreckage itself bears this out. The keel and shell plate remained attached to the stern long enough to pull it nearly vertical before shearing away. The nearly upright stern continued to settle into the sea since all of its compartments were now open to the water. The breakup and destruction of the midship section aft of the third funnel all happened underwater - out of view of the survivors. No one could have witnessed the actual breakup and survived. The stern never came crashing down as depicted in the film. (02:35:15)


Correction: New research of the wreck has proved that the ship broke apart on the surface and the stern, did in fact, came crashing down. It then lifted back up like a top and sank to the bottom straight up and down. That is why when they discovered the wreckage it looked like it was run over by a steamroller.


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: When they first uncover the drawing and are cleaning it, Brock compares it to a photograph of 'The Heart of the Ocean'. This could not have been a color photograph of a necklace that had been missing since 1912. Color photographs dating from around 1910 were VERY grainy and had little depth and contrast. This picture is obviously in a circa 1930s post art deco style.


Correction: He never has a colour photo, all ones of the necklace are black and white, possibly with a slight sepia tinge.


Corrected entry: When Titanic is first out and they speed up, Jack and his bud are looking at the dolphins. In the first shot you see the red line and the depth markings in white on the black hull of the boat. Then you see a solid black hull, no red, no markings, a second later, the markings are back. (00:30:40)

Correction: Ships bounce up and down in the water. It is most likely that the depth marks are not visible because they are completely submerged underwater when the bow is at the bottom of a "bounce". When the red part and the depth markings are visible again, the bow of the ship is at the top of its "bounce", so this is clearly not a mistake.


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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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: Gloria Stuart (old Rose) and Kate Winslet (young Rose) were the first two actresses to be Oscar nominated for playing the same character in the same movie. Kate Winslet did it again in 2001, when she was nominated Best Supporting Actress for Iris - she played young Iris Murdoch, while Judi Dench played old Iris.

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Question: What happened to Rose's mother after the sinking? I'm curious because she made it very clear while she was lacing up Rose's corset, that she was entirely dependent on Rose's match with Cal to survive. Whether she was exaggerating or not, she made the statement that she would be poor and in the workhouses if not for the marriage and Cal's fortune to support them. Obviously, since Rose is presumed dead after the sinking, she did not marry Cal and her mother was not able to benefit from his money. So would she then, in fact, end up poor and in the workhouses as she said? Rose didn't just abandon Cal and that lifestyle to start anew, she also had to abandon her mother. So did she leave her mother to be a poor and squandering worker? At the end of the movie, Rose gives her account of Cal and what happened to him in the following years, but never anything about her mother. I realize this question would probably be more speculation than a factual answer, but I just wondered if there were some clues at the end that I maybe didn't pick up on or if there were some "DVD bonus" or behind the scenes I haven't seen that answered this.


Chosen answer: Because she is considered, in a minor sense, a "villain" in this film for forcing her daughter into a loveless arranged marriage to satisfy her personal wants, most fans probably speculate that she became a poor and penniless seamstress and lived out her life working in a factory. Of course, this is possible, without the financial security of the arranged marriage between Cal and Rose. However, it is difficult to believe that a woman of such status, and who has so many wealthy and powerful friends, would be allowed to languish in abject poverty doing menial labors. I would tend to believe that she probably sold a number of her possessions for money (she did mention that as part of the humiliation she would face if Rose were to refuse Cal's affections), and probably lived off the kindness of others. Given that her daughter was betrothed to a Hockley, his family might have felt an obligation to assist her in finding a suitable living arrangement and a situation for employment. It is also possible that she re-married into wealth. However, this is more unlikely, mainly because back in 1912, it was considered scandalous to re-marry, especially at Ruth's age. However, since Ruth does not make an appearance after surviving the sinking of the Titanic in a lifeboat number 6 (next to Molly Brown), nor is she mentioned again, her fate is left unknown and subject only to speculation.

Michael Albert

In that era, with Rose betrothed to Call, Cal would most definitely have provided for Ruth in the lifestyle she was accustomed to. As Cal angrily raged at Rose the morning after her excursion below decks, "You are my wife in custom if not yet in practice ", thus, society would have viewed him a villain had he not cared for Ruth once it was assumed Rose was dead.

Answer: Her mother's big problem was a heap of debts. It would have looked badly on the debt collectors to go hovering around her after what was assumed to have happened, and in a society where one's reputation was valued highly. They probably simply gave her a degree of debt forgiveness in her bereavement, then Cal, insurance, and even her Mother herself taking a second (rich) husband could've taken care of what was left.

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