Titanic

Rose frees Jack from his chains with an axe. They both manage to find a boat but only Rose is allowed on, with persuasion from Jack and Cal. However, she can't leave Jack and jumps off the boat back to Titanic. Jack and Rose are then both chased by Cal shooting at them with his manservants gun. They barely escape. After a few narrow escapes from the water they get back to the top deck and find their way to the stern of the ship, where they ride the ship down. They both manage to fight the ships suction and get to the surface. Jack finds a wooden door and knows it is Rose's best chance. He stays in the water whilst she is on the door making her promise to never let go, to survive. She promises. One boat turns back out of the twenty nearby and rescues Rose as Jack has now frozen to death. Rose whispers that she will never let go as she lets him sink. The story then ends with the hunters saying there were never records of Jack. Rose then reveals to the audience that she had the diamond all along as it had been in the pocket of a coat Cal (who had shot himself in 1929, 17 years later) had put on her. She throws it overboard to the Titanic and Jack. She then dies in her bed, surrounded with pictures of her wonderful life, including riding horseback and riding on the rollercoaster, like Jack had told her. We are left with an image of her rejoining Jack and all the others who died on the deck of the Titanic.

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: 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.

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