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.

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.

Yes, because it is some time between when the berg hits and when Captain Smith gets to the bridge and orders all stop. Those things don't stop on a dime.

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.

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

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: 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.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film Old Rose and her granddaughter see the picture Jack drew and Rose's granddaughter comments, "Do you really think that is you Nanna?" Yet at the end of the film we see that everywhere Rose goes she keeps many pictures of herself as a young woman, so her granddaughter would have undoubtedly seen these pictures and their resemblance to the drawing.

Correction: She may be able to see the resemblance but she may have difficulty believing that it's her grandmother. I think most of us would have some doubts if a very aged relative claimed that a drawing just retrieved from the Titanic was of them.


Corrected entry: Shortly after the ship has struck the iceberg there is a left to right shot of part of the exterior of the ship which shows that the ship has a pronounced list. However, if you are familiar with the details of the Titanic you can see that the direction the ship's sloping in this shot seems to show that it's going down by the stern and not the bow, as it should be. Pay attention to the enclosed A deck promenade and bridge wing cabs.

Correction: I'm sure Cameron would have noticed if he'd shot the ship sinking by the stern. The angle of the shot makes it appear that way. In the scene where the ship splits in two, it looks like the bow is level and the stern is falling down and back, despite this not being the case - both apparent errors are just deceptive angles.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack and Rose are going down with the ship, there is a man holding onto the flagpole. The man's life jacket disappears and reappears. (02:42:42)

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Jack: That's one of the good things about Paris: lots of girls willing to take their clothes off.

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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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