Titanic

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.

Trivia: James Cameron drew the picture of Rose himself, and it was sold at auction in 2011 for $16,000. (01:24:05)

MovieFan612 Premium member

Trivia: Gloria Stuart was the oldest person ever to receive an Oscar nomination for her role in "Titanic". At 87, she was also the only person on the set who was alive at the time of the real "Titanic" disaster.

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.

baccgirl

Trivia: Until Avatar surpassed it in 2010, this was the highest-grossing film of all time, in North American and worldwide. It was also the first to gross over a then unheard-of $500 million (its total gross is $600 million) in North America, and the first to gross $1 billion worldwide.

megamii

Trivia: Rose asks Mr. Andrews if he is going to make a run for the boats. The real Mr. Andrews was actually asked this question; it is rather clear what his answer was. Also, he is seen carrying a small notebook which he uses to note down reminders, tips, and pointers as to how to repair, replace, and improve certain areas of the ship. That notebook has survived and is in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum near Belfast.

Trivia: The grand staircase in the movie was actually larger than the real one. Many things were either made bigger or smaller to make Titanic seem more 'Titanic.'

Trivia: Not so much a mistake but rather a unique cameo is in the scene where Jack is sketching the picture of Rose. The hands you see in the close up scenes are actually those of James Cameron himself drawing with the charcoal. (01:23:30)

Trivia: In 1898 (14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy), Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called "Futility." This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on a cold April night. The fictional ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labeled "unsinkable." This uncanny foresight by Morgan Robertson was mentioned at the beginning of Walter Lord's book "A Night to Remember" on which the 1958 British film was based. The comparisons and similarities are stunning, right down to the findings of an investigation after the sinking which blamed "excessive speed" for the tragedy.

Josh Appelbaum

Trivia: Using DVD frame-by-frame, one can see the one-legged prostitute's full body picture, not just the ones of her hands. Watching at normal speed, the page is turned just as the camera switches to it, too fast to actually see it.

Trivia: The last shot in which we see Molly Brown asking Jack if he knows what he is doing for dinner on the promenade deck, you see a couple on the right hand side walking towards them. The man is Edward S. Kamuda, the President of the American Titanic Historical Society. The woman is his wife.

Trivia: When the Titanic splits and the rest of the ship begins to sink, next to Jack and Rose there is a man in white drinking whisky. This man actually existed. He was the chef who put on loads of layers of clothes and stole a bottle of whisky from the kitchen. He drank the whisky to keep warm, and he survived the ice.

alex greenwood

Trivia: It seems director James Cameron had some inspiration from an earlier Titanic movie. When Jack enters the grand staircase for the first time, "On The Beautiful Blue Danube" is playing courtesy of the band. And in "A Night to Remember" (1958) when a married couple walk down the grand stairs, the same song is playing. (00:57:00 - 00:59:30)

Trivia: At the end when Rose is lying on the wooden door she is looking at the sky singing "come Josephine..." When you look hard you see that the stars in the sky are symmetrical. You can actually draw a line in it. [That is not exactly the case. If you look VERY carefully (this is much more effective on a big screen), you can see that the stars form the outline of the famous necklace, The Heart of the Ocean. I guess Cameron was a little bored that day.]

Trivia: Mrs Astor, who was in a 'delicate condition'- did actually survive and made it to New York on the Carpathia, along with a maid.

Trivia: Not really trivia, but amusing just the same. When Jack and Rose are on the deck after he saves her, Rose says the line ,"Poor little rich girl - what does she know about misery?" "Poor Little Rich Girl" was the name of a movie in which Gloria Stuart (old Rose) played a part in 1936. (00:46:35)

Jennifer30

Trivia: In one scene you can see Colonel Archibald Grace escorting two ladies to a lifeboat. Rose then asks if there are any lifeboats left and he replies, "This way, I'll show you." He did actually survive, a lot of people presumed he died. He wrote an autobiography stating that he climbed aboard the turned over lifeboat. You can actually see him in the film hanging onto the lifeboat wearing the top hat trying to cut the ropes.

Trivia: In the movie, Molly Brown is sitting in a lifeboat next to Ruth and saying something like "Plenty of room, honey" to Rose. In fact - according to Molly Brown's account of the events - Molly was walking around on deck, urging people to get into lifeboats; a lifeboat was already starting to be lowered when two men grabbed her and threw her into the boat.

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)

More mistakes in Titanic

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.

More quotes from Titanic

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.

lblinc

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.

dizzyd

More questions & answers from Titanic

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.