Titanic (1997)

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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.

Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose are running through the boiler room, notice their clothes are perfectly clean, even after they ran through the smoke and such. (01:19:35)

Correction: I see no reason at all why their clothes would get dirty, smoke may make their clothes smell but that's about all.


Corrected entry: Cal leaves the necklace in the jacket, and Rose later ends up with it. The elderly Rose says it was a dreadful heavy thing. Yet, she doesn't notice it is there until she is already safe aboard the Carpathian. Surely Rose would have felt the weight of it before then, especially with the coat being soaking wet.

Correction: She may have meant that it was heavy for a piece of jewelry, but since most jewelry isn't that heavy, that's not saying much. Once the coat gets wet (in addition to everything else Rose is going through at that time) it's doubtful that she would have even noticed the little extra weight in the pocket.


Corrected entry: When Rose is coming to New York on her rescue ship, she is looking at the Statue of Liberty. Her view of the Statue is only possible from dry land.

Correction: The footage was shot from the deck of a real boat.

Corrected entry: When Jack and Rose are kissing after Rose's flying session, her hand is around his neck..suddenly there's a cut and it's right by her side..so quick.... (01:19:35)

Correction: Her hand doesn't go anywhere. They start to kiss and she puts her hand on his neck, and in the next shot her hand is still there. There are no more shot changes after this.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack is trying to convince Rose to get on the boat without him, Cal comes up and wraps his coat around her. In the very next shot, the coat is all the way on, rather than simply wrapped around her shoulders. (02:11:25)

Correction: When Cal puts the coat on, the next shot the coat is still on her shoulders. The next few shots keep going back and forth from Jack to Cal to Rose and while it seems unlikely that she managed to put the coat on fully there was enough time when the camera is not on her she could have put it on.

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Corrected entry: On the "last sunset the Titanic ever saw", the sun is depicted as setting off the port beam. That would mean Titanic was heading north. (01:19:30)

Correction: When crossing the Atlantic the normal route is to go north and cross the ocean where it's the narrowest. That's why they were in such cold waters to begin with.

Corrected entry: The hole made by the iceberg in the movie is not as long as it should be-the hole left on the real Titanic was a staggering 91 metres (300 feet).

Correction: It is a common mistake that the "hole" was 300 feet wide, but in fact it was just a series of little holes that caused the Titanic to sink. There never was one big gash, as it is often told. Plus, the size of the Titanic could mislead the people to think that the "hole" wasn't even that big.

Corrected entry: If Rose and her mother both survived the Titanic, why didn't her mother go looking for Rose, seeing as how she became an actress?

Correction: First of all, we don't know that Rose's mother never went looking for her. But even if she picked up on "Rose Dawson" as the name Rose gave for herself at the end and did look for her, Rose could have run away to another town to become an actress, and used a stage name. She could have been a theater actress instead of a screen actress as well, so her mother may never have seen her.


Corrected entry: When the ship hits the iceberg, it goes back to boiler room No. 6, which is no further back then the front well deck. But when Jack and Rose look over the side of the ship, the iceberg is at least half way back. (01:37:45)

Correction: The *hole* only went to boiler room 6. The *iceberg* actually travelled the whole length of the ship.

Corrected entry: The floors of both the Smoking and Dining Rooms used linoleum tiles in real life. Not carpets, as seen in the movie.

Correction: The Titanic did have carpeting in the dining room - It was one of the first ocean liners to do so.

Corrected entry: As the ship's stern is rising, furniture is seen crashing towards the bow inside the ship. One piece of furniture is a bed, which slides down with the head and base facing the port and starboard sides of the ship. Rose's bed also faced a side of the ship. On the actual Titanic none of the beds in first class faced a side of the ship, they were always facing the bow or the stern. The proof of this can be seen in first class deck and furniture plans. (02:33:20)

Correction: There is no evidence to suggest it is a first class cabin shown. In fact it looks inferior to the standard first class cabins, so I would suggest it's actually second class.

David Mercier

Corrected entry: It was the first film to gross over a then unheard sum of $400 million in the U.S. alone.


Corrected entry: When Rose is about to jump off the back of the boat there is a long shot of her and she is wearing black socks. But when Jack helps her back over she slips because her red shoes get caught on her dress. (00:37:35)

Correction: She's wearing her red shoes the whole scene. At one point her shadow is over her feet and they look dark, but the toes are still pointy like her shoes.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Titanic is moving away from the dock, there is a little girl waving from a man's shoulders on the dock. This is the same girl that Jack danced with on the boat in the third-class party.

Correction: They're not on the dock, they're standing very close to Jack and Fabrizio on the deck.

Corrected entry: It seems massively corny to me, the fact that there is only ONE iceberg in the Atlantic ocean (which spans hundreds and hundreds of miles) and the Titanic just happens to hit it. Surely there would have been more visible ice?

Correction: Not necessarily close enough that we would be able to see it in the dark. At daylight, survivors saw icebergs around them in every direction, and the Titanic had entered an ice field, which wasn't visible during the night. If Titanic hadn't hit that iceberg, chances were she would have hit another one within a few more minutes.

Corrected entry: The lift operator says to Rose "Sorry miss, but the lifts are closed," in an English accent. But later, in an Irish accent he says "I'm goin' back up, I'm going back up."

Correction: In 1912 British society, it was much less acceptable to have an accent other than an English one so it's not impossible to imagine people to hide or tone down their own accent and then being unable to maintain it under pressure.

Corrected entry: When Jack orders Rose to get into the lifeboat, Cal wraps his coat around her and says 'Come on'. Look into the night sky - it's a giant black curtain. Look very carefully, it's there, because you can make out the creases. (02:11:10)

Correction: The "creases" are actually the wires that connect to the mast from the deck. So there is no curtain.

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: To seem more dramatic, several officers, crew and passengers exclaim that there are no more lifeboats on the ship, minutes before it sinks. However, the Titanic sank with two lifeboats never launched.

Correction: Passengers and crew on the real Titanic actually did say things like that, because they either didn't have the correct information, or saw that some lifeboats were gone and assumed the rest were too.

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: 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: I've wondered that too. I think it was easier to find out what happened to Cal because she said "it was in all the papers." As for her mother, it likely would have only been in the papers local to where she lived when she passed away. This was in an era before television and of course way before the internet. So I think the only way Rose would have been able to keep track of her mom would have been to live in the area or do some investigation. It seems unlikely she wanted to do either one, especially since it would have 'given it away" that Rose had survived in the first place. I agree with the other statements that Cal would have felt obligated to take care of her, and that the people she owed money to would have tried to collect on it as it would have been in "bad form" under the circumstances.

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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