Trivia: At the end of the film when Rose goes back to the Titanic to meet Jack, if you look at the face of the clock of the Grand Staircase just as she takes his hand, it is stopped at 2.20 - the time the ship foundered.


Trivia: The emotional scene where Jack and Cal watch Rose getting lowered in the lifeboat is very reminiscent to an emotional scene in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (1991), where Sarah and John watch The Terminator being lowered into the molten pool. A James Cameron trademark.


Trivia: At the party in steerage, a foreign-speaking man is speaking with Rose and she says "I'm sorry, I can't understand you." The man is Swedish, probably a friend of Sven's, and he's saying to her "Talar fröken svenska?" In English that translates to "Does the miss/lady speak Swedish?" which she obviously doesn't.


Trivia: While "Nearer My God to Thee" is the last song played by the band in the movie, it is still being disputed whether or not this is correct. It seems that some people heard the song from the lifeboats, but there are three versions of "Nearer..." Also some claim it was a song called "L'Automne" a ragtime tune popular at the time.


Trivia: While the set designers duplicated the woodwork detailing of the Titanic, they used "flat-sawn" oak which has a completely different appearance from the more expensive "quarter-sawn" oak used in the Titanic (and virtually all Victorian and Edwardian cabinet work). Check it against archival photos.


Trivia: When the ship is sinking and the water crashes through the big glass dome above the grand staircase, in the first take the water actually broke the staircase off the wall and crashing into the actors who were in the scene.


Trivia: Director James Cameron has two cameo roles in this film. First, he is just below Lovejoy during the below decks party (with a grey beard), and secondly, he is standing behind Fabrizio on the deck waiting for a lifeboat when Murdoch starts shooting.


Trivia: The "Titanic" haircut popularized by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack) was banned in Afghanistan by the Taliban rulers. They claimed it interfered with Muslim prayer.


Trivia: Kate Winslet badgered and bribed director James Cameron into getting this role the following ways: Once she sent him a rose with a card. Another was when she rang him up while he was driving in his Humvee and tearfully said, 'You don't understand! I am Rose! I don't understand why you're trying out someone else!' She eventually landed the role.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: During the filming of the sinking, Kate Winslet was the only cast member not allowed to wear a wet suit underneath her dress, due to the fact it would show.

Trivia: Along with playing Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 film, actor David Warner portrayed actual Titanic passenger Laurence Beasley in the 1979 TV movie "S.O.S. Titanic".


Trivia: Though James Cameron surrendered his director's pay check to make the film the way he wanted, he did retain his writer's fee, which was pretty big by itself.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: In the movie, the seaman steering Molly Brown's boat says "There'll be one less in this boat if you don't shut that 'ole in your face." As in many items with the movie, the line is authentic. Except 1) it was not said to Molly Brown, 2) it was not said by that seaman, and 3) it was not said in that lifeboat. Check A Night to Remember for the actual circumstances. (In fact, Molly Brown not only wasn't subdued by the loud-mouthed seaman, she faced him down later.)


Trivia: Director James Cameron knew he had found the perfect Jack in Leo DiCaprio when he invited the young actor to his office for an interview and he noticed that all his female staff were present for the meeting. Later on, during rehearsal, Kate Winslet was so impressed with DiCaprio that she said to James, 'Even if you don't hire me, hire him.' The rest, as they say, is history.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: When Kate Winslet found out that she had to be naked in front of Leo, to help break the ice, the first time they met she immediately flashed him.


Trivia: Titanic was the highest grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it in 2009. Both films were directed by James Cameron and both won Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.


Trivia: There is no explanation how Spicer Lovejoy received the wound to his head when we see him as the ship breaks apart. This occurred in a deleted scene. When Cal chased Jack and Rose down the stairs shooting at them, originally this was supposed to continue. Cal then handed Lovejoy the gun and told him if he could get the diamond from them he could keep it. Lovejoy then goes after Jack and Rose, finds Rose hiding from him, and is then set upon by Jack, who jumps out at him, smashes his head through a window and roughs him up.


Trivia: The reception room's double doors leading into the first class dining saloon only have bronze grilles in the movie. In 1912, there was actually a pane of glass in each door with the grilles behind them on the dining room side. On the collector's DVD commentary, James Cameron mentions they didn't discover this until a later Titanic expedition in 2001 - that's why this is trivia, rather than a mistake.

Trivia: When Titanic was re-released in 3D in theaters in April 2012 in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the sinking, NBC News did a story on Nightly News. One of the things they mentioned is that an astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson, noticed in the original 1997 release that when Leonardo DiCaprio is lying on a bench looking at the night sky, the constellations are not correct based on the time of year and the location on earth they are being viewed from. Director James Cameron became aware of this error, and corrected the constellations in the night sky for the re-release in 2012.

Trivia: Despite the highly positive reception of the film, filmmaker Robert Altman (M.A.S.H., The Player) called it "the most dreadful piece of work I have ever seen in my life."

Factual error: Rose mentions Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's ideas on the male preoccupation with size to Bruce. However this is 1912, and Freud did not publish the work relating to this until 1920 in "Beyond The Pleasure Principle." Also, up until 1919, Freud relied solely on data from women. (00:33:40)

David Mercier
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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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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: 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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