Trivia: Titanic

Titanic (1997)

  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Rose asks Jack to "draw [her] like one of [his] French girls", not "paint her". For some reason, the latter is starting to show up frequently these days.
  • Cast the Expert: All the crew aboard the research ship and its submarine are, well, actual research-ship-and-submarine crewmembers. Cameron hired the Akademic Mstislav Keldysh to visit the wreck, and kept them on payroll for use as set and extras once the production phase started.
  • The Danza: Lewis Abernathy, who is not an actor but a friend of James Cameron, plays Lewis Bodine.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • The 21-year-old Kate Winslet plays the 17-year-old Rose.
    • Subverted by the 86-year-old Gloria Stuart, who plays the 100-year-old Rose.
  • Deleted Scenes: An hour's worth of deleted material can be found on the blu-ray.
    • The scene of Rose and Cal settling in their suite was initially longer, with Trudy excited about being among the first to sleep on the ship, followed by Cal attempting to romance Rose and her being very uncomfortable.
    • Returning to her room after dinner, Rose freaks out and starts smashing everything before running to the stern.
    • Rose entering Third Class the day after her suicide attempt to find Jack.
    • After the party in Third Class, Jack and Rose sing "Come, Josephine" on their way back to First Class.
    • On Sunday morning, Thomas Andrews shows Cal, Ruth, and Rose the gymnasium as part of their tour of the ship. Cal fiddles with the rowing workout, while Ruth says "she doesn't believe she would ever need to use that." On their way out, Rose punches a large punching bag. After that, Tommy and Fabrizio help Jack sneak into First Class.
    • The wireless operators Jack Phillips and Harold Bride are backlogged in their work, only to hear the Californian messaging them warning about the ice field the Titanic is about to steam into. They tell him to shut up.
    • Rose telling Jack Lovejoy's backstory and kissing Jack in the boiler room while running away from him.
    • The death of Assistant Engineer Jonathan Shepherd, the historical "first victim" of the Titanic sinking, when he broke his leg and asked to be left behind in a flooding room so others could survive.
    • After receiving the order to send out the distress call CQD, Harold Bride suggests to Jack Phillips that they use the new distress call SOS. "It might be [their] only chance to use it." (In some countries, this scene made it into the theatrical version.)
    • Additional scenes in Lifeboat Six, with Molly Brown giving Frederick Fleet advice on how to row and Captain Smith calling out to them to return for more passengers, only for Quartermaster Hichens to overrule it in Lifeboat Six.
    • John Jacob Astor showing his wife what's inside a life jacket by cutting it with a knife in the gym, and the gym manager saying that he doesn't need a jacket because it will limit his stroke.
    • Jack and Rose being given sheets and whiskey by a steerage couple.
    • Fabrizio has his own romantic subplot with Helga, a Norwegian third-class immigrant. She refuses to leave her parents when Fabrizio, Rose, Jack and Tommy go looking for another exit and perishes with her family.
    • Right after chasing Jack and Rose into the First Class Saloon whilst shooting at them, Cal tells Lovejoy that he can keep the diamond if he can get it from them. Lovejoy then calmly stalks them into the rapidly flooding dining room, where he and Jack fight, and Jack prevails. This explains how Cal and Lovejoy got separated during the sinking, and is also the reason Lovejoy is bloodied when the ship breaks apart.
    • Ida Strauss refusing to board a boat without her husband (they are the old couple seen on a bed as water rushes in).
    • The first class dogs running free over the sinking ship's decks.
    • While waiting to get into a lifeboat, the one with the father who's saying goodbye "for a little while," a random passenger tells Rose to deliver a letter to his wife.
    • Phillips radioing for help while the water rushes in, until Bride puts a life jacket on him and forces him out.
    • Many scenes of the sinking in and around the Grand Staircase.
    • Cora and her family trapped bellow decks and drowning, ostensibly cut because it was rather painful to watch.
    • John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim say good-bye to each other, before the former continues looking for his dog so he won't die alone.
    • A French bulldog swimming past Jack and Rose.
    • Jack talking another survivor from getting on Rose's wooden platform.
    • While unloading the women from his boat before picking up survivors, Fifth Officer Lowe discovers one of his passengers is a young man disguised as a woman.
    • A Chinese passenger being pulled out of the water alive by the returning lifeboat.
    • The Carpathia sequence was originally longer. Prior to the rescue, we have a shot of Lightoller and the men on Collapsible B, the overturned boat. Ismay is shown receiving a "walk of shame" aboard the Carpathia while Lowe personally hands Rose a coffee. Cal enters the steerage area and mistakes another red haired woman for Rose. This explains how Rose knew that Cal was behind her, and made sure he didn't see her.
    • Old Rose stopping her tale and being pulled away to rest, and expanding on Cal's fate (his sons fought each other for his remaining assets "like hyenas").
    • This is a James Cameron film. So the final film's 3 hours long. There is an hour of deleted footage and another hour worth of script that was never filmed. Among it, an entirely unrelated subplot about Real Life early film pioneer Daniel Marvin, his wife Mary and his newbrand camera all aboard the Titanic.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film went over budget and over schedule, Cameron forfeited his salary to make sure he could continue. Not to mention the extensive amounts of research and detail the production team put into making the film.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The water during filming was deliberately cold, so Leo shouting "Oh shit, this is cold!" is real as well as Kate's gasp when she gets chest-deep in the water. The scene where Jack and Rose are swept away by a rush of water in the hallway is also real.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Fake Brit: Australian Jonathan Hyde as English White Star Line Chairman J. Bruce Ismay.
      • The actor playing Sixth Officer James Moody, Edward Fletcher, is American.
    • Fake American: Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater.
    • Fake Irish: Victor Garber (Jewish Canadian) as Belfastman Thomas Andrews.
    • American Danny Nucci as the Italian character, Fabrizio.
    • Colonel Archibald Gracie was an American, played by British actor Bernard Fox.
    • Averted with Ioan Gruffudd, who is Welsh and plays Welshman Fifth Officer Harold Lowe.
  • Font Anachronism: The film features Helvetica on some of the gauges on the ship. Titanic takes place in 1912. Helvetica is invented 45 years later.
    • Could be the almost identical Akzidenz-Grotesk, invented in 1896.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
  • Hire The Critic: Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn't very happy about how the night sky had been lazily mirrored. He ribbed James Cameron about it several times, the final time Cameron cooly responding "Last time I checked, 'Titanic' sold $1.3 billion worth of tickets, worldwide. Imagine how many more tickets we would have sold if we'd gotten the sky right." That deflated Tyson, but to his delight a few months later he was hired to provide a correct star map for the film's 10th anniversary DVD and 3D re-release.
  • Life Imitates Art: In one of the deleted scenes, Brock's manager Bobby tells him that they're over-budget, the partners depending on them are pissed, and that they're in serious danger of getting shut down. Jim Cameron later noted that when he was writing this, he had no idea he would be hearing all these things when the production ran into problems.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The 3D rerelease was timed to correspond to the centenary of the sinking in 2012. It released on April 6th, four days before the Titanic set sail - most likely to avoid a midweek release, and to capitalise on Easter weekend crowds.
  • Potty Emergency: James Cameron infamously threatened to fire anyone who would dare get out of the tank for a bathroom break while shooting the lifeboat scenes, leading to more than a few actors (including Kate Winslet) relieving themselves in the water.
  • The Red Stapler: Since this film, passenger ship companies have had to actively stop passengers from doing the "I'm the King of the World" stunt standing on the tip of their ships' bows, since that's a very dangerous thing to do.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Reed Richards is Fifth Officer Harold Lowe.
  • Science Marches On: A study commissioned by Cameron for the 100th anniversary of the sinking indicates that the Titanic probably broke at 23 degrees or so, half of the approximately 45 degrees as depicted in the movie.
    • The CGI animation the study came up with can be found here.
  • Star Making Roles: For both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
  • Throw It In:
    • Jack telling Rose to lie "Over on the bed— uh, the couch." was an accidental flub, but James Cameron thought that was natural, so he left it in. You can see DiCaprio almost swearing to himself, thinking he's ruined the take, but it comes off as a nervous 20-year-old thinking how much he just embarrassed himself in front of the girl he loves.
    • Apparently Leonardo didn't know how cold the water was when he jumped into it...thus the line "Oh shit, this is cold!"
  • Troubled Production: Over budget, behind schedule, anyone that could get injured and/or sick did so (Kate Winslet even said she only works with James Cameron again for a lot of money!), a disgruntled crew member drugged the night soup...
  • What Could Have Been:
    • DiCaprio was originally going to be reunited with his co-star from William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Claire Danes.
    • Like Avatar, this was written as a 4 hour-long movie but wound up being cut down to 3 hours.
    • Cameron originally wanted Drew Barrymore to play Rose, but execs told him that she wouldn't be right for the role.
    • Johnny Depp also admitted in an interview that he was offered the lead role in the movie but turned it down, and considers it a big regret.
    • Cameron offered the role of Old Rose to Fay Wray, who turned it down thinking it would have been "a tortuous experience altogether."
    • The role of Molly Brown was originally going to go to Reba McEntire, who had to drop out due to her tour schedule.
    • There were many different scripted deaths for Fabrizio. One had him swimming to Cal's lifeboat and asking to be let in, saying that it was his destiny to go to America. Cal would then knock him with an oar and sarcastically yell "It's that way!"
    • James wanted Enya to be the film composer.
    • In the script, Cal would have found Rose on the Carpathia, only to finally be told off by her and instructed to never seek her again, so that his actions during the sinking would never be revealed.
    • The Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø was considered to sing "My Heart Will Go On" before they decided on Celine Dion. Kyrkjebø did, however, provide the One-Woman Wail you hear in the background of the film's theme.

  • Only the starboard side of the set below the superstructure was fully built and riveted. When it came time to film the scenes in Southampton, everything had to be backwards so it could be easily mirrored in post-production, even down to the buttons on people's clothing.

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Titanic (1996 series)