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> Titanic (1997)

Directed by:
James Cameron

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater
Billy Zane as Cal Hockley
Kathy Bates as Molly Brown
Frances Fisher as Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Gloria Stuart as Old Rose
Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett
Bernard Hill as Captain Smith
David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy
Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews



  • Jack says that he goes ice fishing in the Wissota Lake, but that lake wasn't formed until 1917. The movie was supposed to take place in 1912! - trisha
    • Comment: Lake wissota is a MAN MADE LAKE that was made in 1918 by the wisconsin/minnesota power and lighting company. - Kendra9
  • When Jack is about to paint Rose's nude portrait, he tells her to get on the bed, and then quickly corrects himself and tells her to get on the chair. I heard that this was an actual slip, but that the producer thought it sounded good in the movie so they kept it in. - F.F.N.F.
  • Jack claims to have visited the Santa Monica Pier, which did not begin construction until 1916.
  • The button on the left side of Jack's borrowed jacket is a "Kingsdrew" button, first made in 1922.
  • It is impossible for voices to echo in the middle of the North Atlantic unless there is a large, flat object like a ship nearby.
    • Comment: I suppose it's possible that a large object such as an iceberg might produce echoes. There were a few around that night. - Dennis Murphy
  • When Jack hands Rose the note at the dinner table the paper is yellow. Later when the note is read the paper is white.
  • Old Rose said, "There were twenty boats floating near by, but only one came back" but there were actually two boats which came back, Quartermaster Perkis in Lifeboat 4 and 5th Officer Lowe in Lifeboat 14. - I am Sick
  • During the third class party, when Jack said "I'm going to dance with her now." his hair was down. In the next shot, when he said "come with me" his hair was slicked back, and when he started dancing, his hair was down again. - lala
  • Eugene Daly did not blow into the blowpipe when he played it during Jack and Rose's steerage dance. - Krazy Kidd
    • Correction: That is not a goof. What Mr. Daly played were uilleann (elbow) pipes (a traditional Irish instrument). In essence they are bagpipes played with a bellows filled by pumping the elbow. He survived and would later file a claim for $50 for their loss. Similar pipes, possibly Daly's, were recently salvaged from the wreck. - munkin65
  • In the first of the movie when the old rose is looking at the television (I've heard) that you can see the camera crew's reflection in the television. - kate
  • In the scene when they were about to hit the iceberg, the guys are saying "hard to port" meaning left, but the guy at the helm is turning the wheel to his right. - Heath and Wendy
    • Comment: You list as a goof the fact that the wheel is turned to the right after the command to turn hard to port. I don't think this is a goof. My understanding is that wheel steering on a ship was *originally* designed to act the same way as the old-style tiller steering, and with tiller steering, you move the tiller to the right to turn the ship left. At the time of the Titanic disaster, I think wheel steering was still done this way, though of course it has been changed since then. - Michael M. Welch
    • Comment: Heath and Wendy pointed out the "port" goof. Michael M. Welch may be historically correct in his steering wheel comment, but it's still a major goof. The iceberg is on the left (port) side of the ship. The look-out yells, "Hard to port!" The helmsman seems to comply--he doesn't argue or question the order--but (luckily for everyone on board) the ship turns to the right (starboard). - Scott Miller
    • Correction: This is not a goof as the boat had already hit the ice berg at the bow so by turning hard to port it would flick the stern out meaning the back end could avoid damage. - Pete
    • Comment: Here is how I sincerely believe it went on the real wreck: the iceberg was sighted "right ahead" by the lookout, and Murdoch ordered hard-a-starboard, which is actually a command for the helmsman to turn the wheel to his right (starboard) until it clicked to a stop. This would have the effect of turning the bow of the ship to the left(port) as all ship's wheels of the time were configured this way. The movie goofs in that the helmsman turns the wheel to port, and the bow swings the SAME WAY! Also, the helmsman was inside an enclosed wheelhouse inside the bridge, and as such his forward visibility was almost nil; he could not question Murdoch's orders. So stands The Truth! (VHS) - Jhon
    • Correction: Okay, for the last time- There is no goof in this scene WHATSOEVER!!! Do you really think that in a film costing 200 million dollars in which they went so far as to make sure the patterns on the ship's china were accurate they would get something like 'which way the ship turned around the iceberg' wrong?!? M.M. Welch above points out the core of the confusion. Namely that back then helm commands were sometimes given in reverse. It happened, both in the film & in real life, like this: The iceberg was spotted. After a few seconds Murdoch decides its a little to the starboard (right) so he should order the ship to port (left). He does this by, pay attention now, shouting the order, "HARD TO STARBOARD!" As I said, in 1912 helm commands (especially emergency ones like this) were often given using the old, reverse, tillar bar-type system. So by shouting "HARD TO STARBOARD!" it is totally clear to the ensign at the wheel (though totally confusing to the movie audience) that this means TURN LEFT! And he is shown spinning the wheel counter-clockwise putting the ship hard to port. Jim Cameron talked about this extensively. Almost no one knows about the backwards helm thing, but a lot of ordinary movie-goers know their port from starboard. So does he fudge history to lessen confusion during the most important scene of the film? No. He stayed totally accurate AND respects the audience's intelligence by not dumbing it down for them. - eskovan
  • The Statue of Liberty's crown and torch weren't lit in the 50's, so it's unlikely that it was lit when the Titanic's survivors arrived there.
  • When Jack says "Thank you Molly" and gives her the penicil, or whatever it is, you can see one piece of hair that has fallen out. When that one guy says something like "You don't want to stay here with the women, do you?" then his hair is plastered back, again. - Libbie
  • Remember that goof in Forrest Gump about the wrong gold plated torch being in the Statue of Liberty's hand prior to 1988 (Or whenever the hell it was restored)? (It was restored in 1986) Well, at the end of Titanic, Rose looks up at the Statue and sees a gold plated torch! Not an amber glass one like it should be! Its only 1912! Not 1988! Hah hah hah! You screwed up Cameron! YOU WERE ONLY OFF BY 74 YEARS! YEAH! EAT IT!!!! Ahem. Sorry. I didn't like that movie. - Ben 'Leonardo Hater' Harris
    • Correction: The torch in the Statue of liberty was lit at the time, just not how it is today. By then, gas torches were used for lighting the big torch, and it would have actually been tinted an amber color. - Chrisse
  • When the old Rose begins her story, the guy who does the simulation of the sinking ship is wearing a shirt with the U.S. flag on it. Later in the movie, he is wearing a shirt with a happy-face with a bullet through the forehead on it. - Dude100
    • Comment: In the goof regarding the two different shirts of the "guy who does the simulation of the sinking ship" (Bodine) it is noted that his shirt changes halfway. Upon reading the script, it becomes clear that Rose's storytelling happens over a period of two days. The first day Rose talks for about two hours, and her story reaches to the point of Cal giving her the diamond. The second day is the rest of the story. Obviously, by cutting the scenes where one day ends and the other begins, the story becomes wrapped into one day. Well, almost... - Brad$
  • After Jack is invited to have dinner with Rose down in first class, you see Jack escorting Rose and then Molly Brown coming up and asking if he can escort her to. Then it cuts to the next scene and you see Cal looking pack and saying "sweet pea", but when you look back you see Jack is not escorting Molly Brown yet and  he now is just starting to take her arm - Chica
  • In one of the scenes, the captain is making tea with a tea bag when tea bags were not used in 1912. - When the ship is sinking the captain is standing with a cup of tea and a tea bag which they didn't have in 1912. - Jasmine, Libbie
    • Correction: Actually, tea bags were invented in 1908 in New York by a man name Thomas Sullivan. He began sending tea to his buyer's in silk bags which they began to mistakenly steep without opening - thus the tea bag was invented! - Lisa P
  • When the guards are looking for Rose and Jack near the cars, they were using a torch while torches were not invented until 1916!!! - Jasmine
    • Correction: Eveready flashlights were available as early as 1902. - eskovan
  • When jack and Rose went back to Rose's room, Jack looks at a picture drawn by Claude Monet. This picture was 'Waterlilies' and was not finished until 1923. I am pretty sure that the Titanic sunk in 1912, so that picture could not have been there at that point in time. - Jasmine
    • Comment: If "Waterlilies" by Monet went down with the ship, who's to say he didn't paint it again. Rose would have purchased an original. - Tombald
      • Explanation: The paintings owned by Rose (a fictional character) were PROPS!!! Picasso's 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' (1907) can be clearly identified and since it is hanging in the entrance to the MOMA in New York it did not sink with the Titanic. Both 'Waterlilies' (1905) and Picasso's painting existed at the time of the sinking and Picasso was just becoming well known since the Cubism movement started with Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907. Monet actually had a few paintings titled 'Waterlilies'. - Tracy
  • The length of Roses nails noticeably change throughout the movie. - Christie
    • Comment: As for the comment about the length of her her nails changing noticeably throughout the movie, I'm sure that scientifically, nails grow in real life too over that period of time. (o: - Tweegs
  • Rose would not have been able to see the Statue of Liberty from the angle she did from the water. - Christie
  • Near the beginning of the movie, Jack and his foreign friend (don't remember the name at the moment!!) Are pointing at the dolphins in the water. The problem with this is that they are in the ATLANTIC Ocean, where dolphins AREN'T because the water is too cold! - Nikki
    • Comment: Someone submitted that dolphins could not have been seen off the bow of the boat because they do not live in the Atlantic ocean. In fact I have seen dolphins - a lot of them - off of Massachusetts, Maine, and other locations in the Atlantic. - Galahad
    • Comment: In the Atlantic Ocean those fish are called porpoises--what we call dolphins are named mahi-mahi on the west coast. - Tombald
    • Comment: Umm... Mahi-Mahi a dolphin? It is illegal to eat dolphin, and yet you can eat Mahi-Mahi... CAUSE>>>> IT'S A FISH, not a Dolphin! :) - 4u2c
    • Comment: I'm from North Carolina, and the last time I checked we border the Atlantic Ocean. Right? Ok, well I've been to Atlantic Beach (NC of course) and have been sitting right on the beach and seen plenty of "dolphins" "porpoises" "mahi-mahi" whatever you want to call them just about 300-400 yards off shore. So, sorry your goof is actually YOUR goof. - *MMW*Crazy8
    • Comment: Altho it's been agreed that there ARE dolphins in the North Atlantic (and dolphins did accompany the cable-ship Mackay Bennett back to Halifax with the bodies it picked up after the sinking) but the dolphins pictured in the movie are Pacific white sided dolphins, which would not be in the north Atlantic. (But, hey, it made for a great scene!) - barbydoll
    • Comment: Just a note about Mahi Mahi, Mahi Mahi is the Hawaiian name for the fish called Dolphin Fish. Dolphin fish and dolphins are two completely seperate things (one's a fish and the other is a mamal). (see - Spoos
  • After jack has been dressed up for the dinner look at the reflection on the door before the doorman opens it. The reflection shows a man carrying what I believe is the camera on his left with both hands. - Steven
  • When rose runs up the stairs to get help near the end of the film, the bottom half of the coat she's wearing is totally soaked. As soon as she starts running again the coat just looks slightly damp. - Steven
  • Everybody has seen the movie or at least knows what happens so I don't think I can spoil it for anyone by saying the following. Isn't it really crap how Rose climbs back onto the sinking Titanic? If she had stayed on the lifeboat then she would have survived and Jack would be on the piece of wood at the end of the movie. Result they both live happily ever after....together. But no, she had to go and be the hero. Well there you go Rose. You just killed Jack! - Daffy
    • Comment: Daffy posted about Rose killing Jack 'cause she did not stay in the boat but jumped back on the ship and thus Jack could not use that piece of wood that saved her in the end. Well, had not Rose jumped back on the ship, who would break the chain tying Jack to the sinking ship? - Alexei Gerulaitis
      • Correction: Alexei said that if Rose had not jumped off the life boat on to the Titanic she would not have been there too free Jack from the chains, but she had already done that. Duh!! - Cerasi
    • Comment: This a comment about the one where Rose gets back on the ship from the lifeboat to be with Jack. If Jack did survive, he probably would have been known as a coward for the rest of his life; as most men were who survived. - Bob
      • I'd rather be called a coward than being dead, wouldn't you?
        • Comment: Actually, you're right. But Jack seemed like an honorable man. So instead of getting himself on the wood, he probably would helped another lady onto the wood, maybe one with a baby. - Bob
      • Comment: I think Jack wanted to die and let her have the wood because if he would have lived 99% of all the schmucks that went and saw the movie 8 times wouldn't have wasted all those hours of their lives crying and wasting their money. Thanks... Dirty Work is the best movie ever. - tooky
    • Comment: I think that if Rose would of just moved her fat ass over just a little bit so Jack could get his skinny ass on that same piece off would they would of all lived ! :oP - Nicky
      • Comment: "Nicky" is either a Neanderthal male chauvinist or an anorexic cow who needs to insult beautiful full figured women in order to make herself/himself feel better. Kate Winslet is GORGEOUS!!! Who says all women actresses must be Cameron Diaz clones?? His comment was insensitive and offensive to voluptuous women everywhere. Broaden your horizons"Nicky" !!! - RadGrrl
        • RadGrrl, maybe you didn't notice Nicky's smily after her comment. It means "Don't take it too seriously."
        • Comment: RadGrrl- you are not too bright. Usually when you call somone a COW you are calling them fat. Therefore Nicky could not be an "Anorexic cow"! - GhettoGirl
      • Comment: Leo's character did try to get on the piece of wood with Kate but the two of them were too heavy for the piece of wood so Leo let her have it. - givenup
      • Comment: Well, if they had switched off, like having Rose be on for a couple of mins and then let Jack on, he would have surrvived. - Katie
  • On the titanic it showed all of the smoke staffs are going which in fact one of them are fake and it was there to make the ship look even. - Sham
    • Comment: Regarding the "goof" of the 4 smoking "staffs". It is true that the 4th smoke stack was not used for engine exhaust; however, I read that kitchen vents were ducted out the 4th stack. So, conceivably, smoke could come out the 4th stack. In one overhead shot you can see that it is a different kind of smoke coming out of the front section of the 4th stack. - jdc
  • At the end of the movie, when Rose and Jack try and get on the piece of wood, they only try once. Anyone who has ever tried to get two people on a raft knows it takes more than one try to get both people on. - Amanda
  • When jack is "flying" rose, the sun sets in front of them. This is impossible. The titanic sailed east to west, making the front of the ship facing west. The sun sets on the east. Oops! - casamann
    • Correction: This is in response to casamann's comment about the sun setting in the east. Actually, the sun sets in the west and rises in the east. Therefore, the movie was accurate and there was no goof. - Erin
      • Correction: In response to Erin's statement that the movie hadn't goofed in the flying scene, they actually did, although not in the manner that you both have discussed. Actually, the positioning of the sun and the Titanic on the day it sank would have had the setting sun on the other side of the ship. - Chrisse
  • It is a well known fact from historians that the titanic hit the iceberg because an inexperienced stand in for the captain didn't know how to avoid it, and slowed down and turned. If they sailed straight, they would have gone through the iceberg with the strongest part of the ship and survived, and if they kept their speed, they could have turned easily. Cameron wrote in the script, though, that the titanic simply wasn't strong enough to turn so quickly no matter how fast they were going. Don't blame the titanic, Cameron! Do your research! - casamann
    • Comment: Casamann needs to do some homework. With any historical event, "what-if's" (i.e. what if the titanic had reduced speed, or what if there were more life boats.) are inevitable. However, in this case, he is wrong. For one, it was not an inexperienced watchman but one of the ship's mates, who did everything in his power to correct the situation. As well, it's rather absurd to assume the titanic could have gone straight through the iceberg since. after, it was much larger underneath the surface. What I'm trying to say, I guess, is this was not a movie goof but rather a "what if". - Crash
    • Correction: Titanic turned slowly because it's rudder was too small. And computer simulations have shown that had Titanic plowed head first into the iceberg the hull would have buckled, many many more riveted plates would have popped and the keel likely would have broken. The ship would have sank in about 15 minutes killing nearly everyone. - eskovan
      • Correction: Titanic's rudder was actually only about 5% too small for its size. Titanic was simply going too fast for the conditions and there was no way to avoid a collision. Mr. Murdoch did not hit the iceberg straight on because he was attempting to avoid a collision altogether. It is debatable whether the Titanic would have better survived a head-on collision; most theories show that 45-100 people would have died but that the ship would have remained watertight (the Titanic was designed, after all, to withstand a collision with another ship). Mr. Murdoch made the right decision from his point as he had to choose between attempting to miss the iceberg or killing 100 individuals and destroying a brand new ship. - bsoft
  • When the titanic sinks into the ocean, jack says that the suction will suck them down for a long time. As you can see, the same happens to the chef whom rose (Winslet) looks at while they are sinking. In fact, there was hardly any suction. In fact, the real chef who was actually there when the boat sank under didn't even get his head wet! - casamann
    • Comment: Casaman may be correct about the chef, but whenever a ship sinks it creates a vacuum due to air vacating the holds of the ship, thus forcing water into the compartments. So no matter what there was/is suction, it just may not have been as severe as the movie made it seem. - Kozmo
  • Just before hitting the 'berg, the first officer yells for 'hard to starboard,' yet the ship begins a slow turn to port. Later, he orders a 'hard to port' to try to get around it better. He even tells the captain that he ordered a starboard turn and a port-round. Yet, the original turn is the port (left) and the ship ended up in a starboard-round. I believe they simply got their terminology mixed up, rather than there being confusion about early rudders and helm controls (opposite actions) as mentioned elsewhere in this 'goofs' list. - Phil
  • Maybe this isn't a goof but when Rose is wading through all the water to rescue Jack and electrical wires are in water wouldn't she have been electrocuted? - brownie
  • When Jack kissed Rose's hand, he said that he saw that on Nickelodeon, when in fact, TV wasn't even invented at that point in time! - Zeke
    • Correction: Someone mentioned Jack saying he'd "seen it on Nickelodeon." Well, you're right--the cable channel wasn't around back then but nickelodeons were. Nickelodeons were $.05 movie houses. - miglet
    • Comment: Didn't Jack say that he saw it IN a Nickelodeon once? I could swear that he said IN.
    • Correction: When Jack kisses Roses hand and says he saw it on a nickelodeon once what he's actually talking about is a Nickel Odeon; a short film that cost a nickel. - Angel-kiss
  • When Rose and Jack are walking around the ship, at one point there is a house on a hill behind Jack's shoulder. - Tish
  • In the scenes that show the deck of the bow, the skylight for the crew's galley can be seen on the starboard side of the ship. In actuality, this was located on the port side. (That's left to you landlubbers!) - skidfin
    • Comment: The reason that the crews gally was on the wrong side was that the director had made the mistake of building the ship at the port on the wrong side during the movie, so there was no way that they could turn it around. So when the filmed the shot they later had to flip it around. Therefore the crew gally was filmed on the wrong side. - Kendra
  • In the elevator scene where Rose (Winslet) gets made at Zane's "bodyguard" guy she gives him the finger, however I find it hard to believe people used the finger in 1912! Especially in a fortune 500 group which composed most of the passengers in that area of the ship. - BoilerMaker0007
    • Correction: I must correct you! Holding up your middle finger as a sign of contempt has stayed with us seemingly forever. It came from ancient Greek masters inserting their middle fingers into their slaves' arseholes to assert their superiority. I don't think we suddenly discovered all this post-1912! It has come to us since those times as a way of saying: "I rule over you!" - Jagannatha
    • Correction: I would just like to correct the comment about people not using "the finger" in 1912. It actually comes from a war in (I think it was) the 1800's. When (let's call them) "side one" captured someone from the other country (side two) they'd cut their middle fingers off, therefore preventing them from drawing their bows (and arrows) which were made of Yew, a type of wood. Members of "team two" would mock "team one" by sticking up their middle fingers and yelling "See? I can still pluck Yew!" Eventually, men dropped the "pl" sound, changing it into a "f", and that is where they got the phrase "F*** You" and the raising of the middle finger! - bacherz
  • When Rose is floating on the piece of wood, she is not wearing Cals' coat he gave her on deck after seeing she did not have hers. The coat had the diamond in the pocket. Later, when old Rose remembers finding the diamond in the coat pocket, she is seen on the Carpathia as young Rose pulling it out of her pocket. Where was the coat as the ship went down and when she was floating on the wood?? - missnormadesmond
    • Correction: I stand corrected-Rose DOES have on the coat Cal gave her when she is floating on the piece of wood--My mistake! - missnormadesmond
  • When Jack and Rose are on the boat deck you can see in the background the breakers on the beach as the filming took place at Rosarito Beach Mexico. - Dick
  • When Rose goes to get the ax, she smashes the bottom part of the glass with the hose, then the top part. When she pulls the ax out of the container the bottom glass is back, even though she completely shattered it! - Joe Skakos
  • As everyone knows the titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40pm; sank around 2:30am. So why when rose, and jack are running through the partially submerged first class dining saloon sunshine is coming into the windows---this is right after cal, (Billy Zane) got done shooting at them with his manservant's gun. - Ron, (Mr. Titanic)
    • Comment: I doubt they would make such a huge mistake, it was probably just meant to be lights. - kyara

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