Factual error: When the ship is being launched a champagne bottle is smashed against the hull. Harland & Wolff, like many shipbuilders, did not smash champagne bottles against the hull.
Factual error: When the ship sinks it lamely slips into the water at a low angle. Somewhat of an anti-climax. Contrary to some reports, even at the time the film was made it was known that part of the ship upended at 45 degrees and sank vertically. I discovered this when I listened to an eyewitness account which is a permanent fixture at the British Library.
Factual error: At the very end, there is a shot onboard the rescue boat (that was too late). If you look in the background, you can see the boat is bobbing with the waves, by the way the water is in shot then out, then in, etc. A ship of that size would just break the waves. No way could it bob to the extent it does in the film. A lifeboat you would expect to bob that much but not a ship of that size.
Closing crawl: But this is not the end of the story - -For their sacrifice was not in vain. Today there are lifeboats for all, unceasing radio vigil and, in the North Atlantic, the International Ice Patrol guards the sea lanes, making them safe for the peoples of the world.
John Wesley Woodward: Woodward "what's the use no-one's listening?"
John Wesley Woodward: Hartley "People don't listen when they're eating, but we play just the same, isn't that so sir?"
Andrews: Andrews "they say it helps the digestion."
Wallace Hartley - Orchestra Leader: Hartley "exactly that's because it soothes the nerves."
Wallace Hartley - Orchestra Leader: Hartley: "right, Number 24." Number 24 is Chopin's Funeral March, a dirge.
Dr. O'Laughlin: People first, things second.
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