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Titanic (1997)

Inspired by the mythological Titans, James Cameron tried to make a movie "so grand in scale and so luxurious in its appointments that its supremacy would never be challenged". And he succeeded. Is the first Best Picture Academy Award winner to be produced, directed, written and edited by the same person. With an enormous budget ($200 million), the giant movie cost more than the Titanic itself (the construct of the ship in 1910-1912 was ú1.5 million, equivalent to $7.5 million at the time and about $120 to $150 million in 1997 dollars). And colossal revenues. Was the highest grossing film in box office history with a worldwide gross of US$1.8 billion until it was surpassed by Avatar.
 
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Production


Directed and screnplay by James Cameron (he spent five years doing research on the Titanic and its fate); produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau; music by James Horner (several pieces of the score sound very similar to some well-known Enya songs); cinematography by Russell Carpenter (Cameron's brother Mike Cameron and Panavision developed a deep-sea camera system capable of withstanding the 400 atmospheres of pressure); film editing by Conrad Buff, Richard A. Harris and James Cameron. more


Cast

 
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson   Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater
 
Billy Zane as Caledon Hockley Billy Zane as Caledon Hockley   Frances Fisher as Ruth Dewitt Bukater Frances Fisher as Ruth Dewitt Bukater
 
Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett   Gloria Stuart as Rose Dawson Calvert Gloria Stuart as Rose Dawson Calvert
 
Lewis Abernathy as Lewis Bodine Lewis Abernathy as Lewis Bodine   Kathy Bates as Molly Brown Kathy Bates as Molly Brown
 
Jonathan Hyde as Bruce Ismay Jonathan Hyde as Bruce Ismay   David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy
 
Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews   Bernard Hill as Captain Edward James Smith Bernard Hill as Captain Edward James Smith
 
Ewan Stewart as First Officer William Murdoch Ewan Stewart as First Officer William Murdoch   Ioan Gruffudd as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe Ioan Gruffudd as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
 
Danny Nucci as Fabrizio De Rossi Danny Nucci as Fabrizio De Rossi   Jason Barry as Tommy Ryan Jason Barry as Tommy Ryan
 
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Posters

 
Titanic poster WINNER 11 Academy Awards Best Picture   From the Director of Aliens T2 and True Lies   Nothing on Earth could come between them
 

Titanic film character quotes


Rose Dawson Calvert: A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets.

Jack Dawson: When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.

Rose DeWitt Bukater: They're fascinating like being inside a dream or something. There's truth, but no logic.

Caledon Hockley: There is nothing I'd deny you if you would not deny me.

Ruth Dewitt Bukater: That name is the only card we have to play.

Brock Lovett: We just got to go through a little process of elimination.

Thomas Andrews: ...a steamer so grand in scale and so luxurious... And here she is, willed into solid reality.

Captain Edward James Smith: Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch. Let's stretch her legs.

Bruce Ismay: Freud, who is he? Is he a passenger?

Lewis Bodine: Somebody left the water running.

Col. Archibald Gracie: Like I said, women and machinery do not mix.

Fabrizio De Rossi: I can see the Statue of Liberty already. Very small, of course.

Tommy Ryan: You'd as like have angels fly out of your arse as get next to the likes of her.
 
Titanic 1 pictures - To see the great ship, sitting where she landed at 2:30 in the morning of April 15, 1912 Titanic 1 pictures - To see the great ship, sitting where she landed at 2:30 in the morning of April 15, 1912 Treasure hunter Brock Lovett is best known for finding Spanish gold. He has chartered Russian subs to reach the most famous shipwreck of all the Titanic. He's with us live via satellite, from the research ship Keldysh in the North Atlantic.
 
Titanic 2 storyline - So this is the ship they say is unsinkable Titanic 2 storyline - the ship they say is unsinkable Caledon Hockley: You can be blasÚ about some things, Rose, but not about Titanic. It's over 100 feet longer than Mauretania, and far more luxurious.
 
Titanic 3 characters - A steamer so grand in scale and so luxurious in its appointments Titanic 3 characters - a steamer so grand in scale and so luxurious in its appointments that its supremacy would never be challenged Rose: Cal, stop. It was an accident. Caledon Hockley: An accident? Rose: It was. Stupid, really. I was leaning over and I slipped. I was leaning far over to see the... Caledon Hockley: Propellers? Rose: Propellers, and I slipped. And I would have gone overboard, but Mr. Dawson here saved me. And almost went over himself.
 
Titanic 4 production - Maiden voyage of Titanic must make headlines Titanic 4 production - Maiden voyage of Titanic must make headlines Captain Smith: We are making excellent time. Bruce Ismay: The press knows the size of Titanic. Now, I want them to marvel at her speed. We must give them something new to print. Captain Smith: Mr. Ismay I would prefer not to push the engines until they've been properly run in.
 
Titanic 5 cast-crew - I am on the grandest ship in the world Titanic 5 cast-crew - I am on the grandest ship in the world Jack Dawson: ...having champagne with you fine people. I'll take some more of that. I figure life is a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You never know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you. To make each day count. Rose DeWitt Bukater: To making it count!
 
Titanic 6 online - That was the last time Titanic ever saw daylight Titanic 6 online - That was the last time Titanic ever saw daylight Brock Lovett: We're up to dusk, the night of the sinking. Six hours to go. Lewis Bodine: Incredible. There's Smith, and he's standing there and he's got the iceberg warning in his hand, and he's ordering more speed.
 
Titanic 7 quotes - Iceberg right ahead! Titanic 7 quotes - Iceberg right ahead! Thomas Andrews: This is most unfortunate, Captain. Water 14 feet above the keel in 10 minutes in the forepeak, in all three holds, and in Boiler Room 6. Bruce Ismay: When can we get underway, damn it? Thomas Andrews: That's five compartments. She can stay afloat with the first four compartments breached but not five. Captain Smith: And how many aboard, Mr. Murdoch? Officer Murdoch: 2,200 souls on board, sir. Captain Smith: Well, I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.
 
Titanic 8 soundtrack - The ship will sink, in an hour or so all this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic Titanic 8 soundtrack - The ship will sink, in an hour or so all this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic Rose DeWitt Bukater: Mr. Andrews I saw the iceberg. And I see it in your eyes. Please tell me the truth. Thomas Andrews: The ship will sink. Rose DeWitt Bukater: You're certain? Yes. Thomas Andrews: In an hour or so all this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic. Caledon Hockley: What? Thomas Andrews: Please, tell only who you must.
 
Titanic 9 box-office - Something you don't see every day Titanic 9 box-office - Something you don't see every day Rose: I'm not going without you. Hockley: I have an arrangement with an officer on the other side of the ship. Jack and I can get off safely. Both of us. Jack Dawson: See? I got my own boat to catch.
 
Titanic 10 trivia - I didn't build you a stronger ship Titanic 10 trivia - I didn't build you a stronger ship Rose DeWitt Bukater: Thomas Andrews: Mr. Andrews. Oh, Rose. Won't you even make a try for it? I'm sorry that I didn't build you a stronger ship, young Rose. Jack Dawson: It's going fast. We have to move.
 
Titanic 11 awards - The ship is gonna suck us down Titanic 11 awards - The ship is gonna suck us down Jack Dawson: Take a deep breath when I say. Kick for the surface and keep kicking. Do not let go of my hand. We're going to make it, Rose. Trust me. Rose DeWitt Bukater: I trust you.
 
Titanic 12 posters - Fifteen hundred people went into the sea Titanic 12 posters - Fifteen hundred people went into the sea Rose Dawson Calvert: When Titanic sank from under us. There were 20 boats floating nearby and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the water myself included. Six out of 1,500.
 
 

Script



Trailer



Storyline


1996, in the North Atlantic, on board of research ship Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, Rose Dawson Calvert tells his amazing 84 years old story about her life on Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers with her mother... more

Trivia


The full-size ship exterior set was constructed in a tank on a beach south of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Construction started on May 31, 1996. A 17 million gallon tank was built for the exterior of the reconstructed ship, providing 270 degrees of ocean view. The ship was built to full scale but production design removed redundant sections on the superstructure and the forward well deck so that it would fit the tank. The remaining sections were filled in digitally. The lifeboats and funnels were shrunk by 10%. While the boat deck and the A-deck were full working sets, the rest of the ship was steel plating. Contained within that was a 50 foot lifting platform for the ship to tilt during the sinking sequences... more


Soundtracks


Composed by James Horner, he chose Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjeb° as the voice to create specific moods within the film. Horner additionally wrote the song My Heart Will Go On in secret with Will Jennings because...
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Characters


Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), as a penniless man from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin who has toured various parts of the world. He wins two tickets onto the RMS Titanic in a poker game and travels as a third-class passenger with his friend...

Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), as a 17-year-old girl, originally from Philadelphia, who is forced into an engagement to 30-year-old Cal Hockley so she and her mother, Ruth, can maintain their high-class status after her father's death had left the family debt-ridden...

Caledon Nathan "Cal" Hockley (Billy Zane), Rose's 30-year-old fiance. He becomes increasingly embarrassed, jealous, and cruel about Rose's relationship with...

Ruth DeWitt Bukater (Frances Fisher), Rose's widowed mother who arranges her daughter's engagement to Cal to maintain her family's high-society status...

Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stuart), 100-year-old Rose gives Lovett information regarding the "Heart of the Ocean" after he discovers a nude drawing of her in the wreck. She tells the story...

Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton), a treasure hunter looking for the "Heart of the Ocean" in the wreck of the Titanic in the present. He later reflects at the film's conclusion that, despite thinking about Titanic for three years, he has never...


Margaret "Molly" Brown (Kathy Bates), was dubbed "The Unsinkable" by historians because she commandeered Lifeboat 6 from Quartermaster Hichens.
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Awards


The film won four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Song; also two nominations (Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart).

"My Heart Will Go On" won three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

Titanic movie is present in many American Film Institute's lists:
37th - 100 Passions
25th - 100 Thrills

Won 11 Academy Awards and another 3 nominations. more


Box office


After opening in North America on Friday, December 19, 1997, Titanic earned $8,658,814 on its opening day and $28,638,131 over the opening weekend from 2,674 theaters, it was the first film to earn more than $1 billion worldwide... more


Review


Time travelers don't alter the past. They can participate in the past. In fact, one wag once said that the real thing that sank the Titanic was the extra weight of all the stowaway time travelers onboard to see it sink. There's a simple reason we aren't surrounded by time-traveling tourists from the future.