Titanic

Factual error: When Jack, and Rose were trying to escape the rising water they were trapped by a locked gate. Jack and the crowd pulled up a bolted down bench to use as a battering ram. When they pulled the bench loose they showed a close up of the wooden floor shattering. The wood was pressed fiber board which would never be used as ship decking, not to mention, pressed fiber board wasn't invented until decades later. (02:06:05)

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Revealing mistake: When the ship tilts to a vertical position, you see people falling and hitting objects on the deck. In a close up of that, you can see that a black and bronze-topped capstan has wrinkles in it and bends when someone hits it. (02:36:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Jack and Fabrizio are at the bow, the anchor well below them is black. Along with that, the foremost railing is not connected with the rest. But when Rose and Jack are there the well is white and the railing connects. Plus during the "flying" sequence the gap between the vertical bits of the railing is different in different shots of the ship. (00:30:40 - 01:17:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Jack and Rose are running away from Cal to the first class dining room, if you look at the glass you can see a black screen, a light, and a crewman. (02:20:32)

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Continuity mistake: When the ship is about to leave the dock, there's a lot of people saying goodbye to the ones that are going to leave the city. In the following shots, you can see Jack and his friends playing cards inside the pub. If you look through the window you won't see anyone. In the next shot, when Jack leaves the pub, the crowd is there again. (00:23:15 - 00:25:05)

Factual error: When Rose, Jack and his friends come up to the boat deck while the ship is sinking, they ascend using the second class staircase and its exit on the deck. When Jack lets go of the door it is able to hit the side of the deckhouse. On the actual Titanic there were walls on the bow side of each door, which supported an overhang above the entrance. This is not included in many scenes in the movie. (02:08:05)

Continuity mistake: When Rose and Jack run through the dining room with Cal shooting them, notice that the floor is tilted to reflect the ship sinking. In the next scene when they run down the stairs, the floor is now perfectly level. There is no tilt to the floor. Notice how the water tumbles out of the door - it falls on a flat surface and disperses evenly with no angle to it. (02:16:05)

Continuity mistake: Early into Rose's suicide attempt scene Jack's hair tucks itself behind his ears while his hands are in his pockets. (00:37:55)

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Continuity mistake: Right before dinner, Jack and Rose are talking to the Astors, and Molly comes up from behind them, asking Jack to escort her to dinner as well. In the next shot, when Cal calls back to Rose, Molly is still walking up to them. (00:58:15)

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Revealing mistake: Many scenes used computer graphics to show the length of the ship. Passengers were also added walking on deck. The shadows for the passengers don't always match. (00:30:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Jack is getting ready to draw, when Rose comes out you can see a hand opening the door for her. (01:21:40)

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Factual error: Margaret Brown never went by the name of "Molly" Brown during her lifetime. It was not until after her death that she was referred to as "The unsinkable MOLLY Brown". (00:27:50)

Revealing mistake: When Tommy, Jack and Rose are trapped down the staircase with a lot of other people, during the shot where Fabrizio is running towards Jack, look on the right portion of the screen. You can see a kid with a hat on, being carried around by his mother, who deliberately grins at the camera. (02:03:40)

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Deliberate mistake: In actuality, the Palm Court (the place where Rose, Cal, and Ruth have lunch with Thomas Andrews, Bruce Ismay, and Molly Brown) did not serve full meals. Only beverages and small snacks like tea sandwiches, pastries, and crumpets were served there. It is quite obvious that the group is supposed to be having lunch based on the items they order (sausage, lamb, salmon, etc). James Cameron probably set the lunch scene in this location rather than the First-Class Dining Saloon or the A La Carte Restaurant (the only locations where a First-Class passenger could order a full meal, besides their stateroom, of course) so that Jack and Rose would have a realistic chance of seeing each other for the first time, being as the Palm Court veranda overlooked the Poop Deck. (00:32:30)

Factual error: When Jack and Rose are being chased by the bodyguard, they run through the ship's boiler room, prior to winding up in the car. Titanic was fueled by coal, and the boiler workers were called the "black gang" due to what happened as a result of working there. Yet Rose was wearing a pale dress which stayed pristine after going through the area, as did her shoes. She should have picked up at least a little soot along the way, at least on her shoes and the hem of her dress. (01:28:00)

Factual error: A small one & probably only noticed by dog trainers like me. When the dogs are being brought on board, they are on leather leashes made by J&J Dog Supplies, invented in the 1970s. It is the type of leash preferred by professional trainers, who probably supplied the dogs for the movie, and is distinguished by the "braid" near the snap, rather than by a sewn or riveted section. J&J's website is: www.jandjdog.com. You can see the leashes there. (00:22:50)

Factual error: It is fairly well known that James Cameron built a virtual full-size replica of the ship for shooting the exterior scenes. However only the starboard side of the ship was constructed in full, facing land (port side only down to B deck); when scenes were required that need to show port side Cameron generally employed a method known as 'flipping.' For example, in the early scenes of the film we see Titanic at 'Southampton' and passengers boarding the port side. This was achieved by reversing the camera angles. All the signs on passing carriages/vans and White Star logos were printed back-to-front so that when the scene was printed it could be reversed, thus showing both sides of the ship. The problem is that in reality the starboard side of Titanic was not a mirror image of the port side. On one side of the forward boat deck there were entrances to the First Class Gymnasium and forward Grand Staircase, while on the other side there were the windows of the Officers' Quarters and the entrance to the Wireless Room. On Cameron's Titanic you get to see the gym etc. on both sides of the ship. (00:20:20)

Factual error: The Master-at-Arms office, where Jack is handcuffed, was in actuality an inside cabin and had no portholes at all. (01:51:10)

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Suggested correction: I checked the plans. It's an outside cabin.

It's an inside cabin per the deck plans. Https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-deckplans/e-deck.html.

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Revealing mistake: As the ship is breaking apart, you can see the wires that pull people into the tear on the deck. (02:40:10)

Continuity mistake: When one boat drives back to search for survivors, you can see the lightspot of one lamp turn around faster than the man who hold this lamp, so you know that the lightspot is not from the lamp of this man, but from a studio lamp. The man sees that himself and turns around very quickly to hold the speed of the spotlight. (02:45:45)

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: Bernard Fox, who portrayed Colonel Archibald Gracie IV, also played Frederick Fleet in the 1958 film, A Night to Remember, another film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Frederick Fleet was the first person to notice the iceberg and shouted the warning to the crew.

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