Camera is visible in a few scenes. One is when it is reflected in Rose’s television, and the other is when Jack Dawson approaches the door to the grand staircase of the Titanic the first time, the camera can be seen reflected in the glass.
The Titanic’s midde propeller is a Parson’s steam turbine, which means that it ran off the steam from the other two engines. This meant that it would only engage when the ship was at full steam and couldn’t be used to maneuver in port. This means that it would not have been running as the ship embarked from dock like depicted in the film.
The reciprocating engines were controlled from a platform between the floor and the top of the cylinders, not from the floor like shown in the film.
When Captain Smith orders, “Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch – let’s stretch her legs,” they are on the right of the wheelhouse with sun coming from the left. When Murdoch walks into the wheelhouse, the sun is behind him.
Jack Dawson claims to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota, near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Lake Wissota is a man-made reservoir which wasn’t created until 1917.
A close-up of captain Smith shows that he is actually wearing contact lenses.
Near the end of the movie, once the ship nearly vertical, a man sliding down hits one of the capstans and bends it, showing that it is made of rubber.
When Rose DeWitt Bukater punches the crewman dragging her down the hall you can see blood on his hand from the blood pack before it reaches his face.
The button on the left side of Jack’s borrowed jacket is a “Kingsdrew” button, first made in 1922
The length of Rose’s fingernails change dramatically throughout the movie.
Camera or crew members can be seen reflected in a glass door opened for Jack as he enters the dining room and reflected in a brass panel on the front of the Renault that Jack and Rose find in the cargo hold.
The crew of lifeboat #14 didn’t have flashlights to use when looking for survivors in the water. James Cameron knew this when making the film, but used the flashlights to provide lighting.
As the Titanic is sinking and begins to pitch forward, you can see passengers sliding forward across the deck. In one short scene, you can see a few people hit what’s supposed to be a large metal reel. When they hit it, it crinkles, revealing that it’s made of foam.
The world map on the wall of the radio room shows countries with present-day borders.
After Jack and Rose reunite the crying boy with his father in the flooded hallway outside the room where Rose frees Jack, there is a dimly lit, slow-motion shot of the two running toward the camera, but it is clearly not them; it is their stunt doubles.
Filtered cigarettes did not come out until the mid-’40s, yet a number of characters are seen smoking them.
There is a small mole on Rose’s face; when she boards the ship, it is shown on one side of her face (the film was flopped), and later in the movie it jumps to the other side Robin Hood: Men in Tights style.
When Jack is drawing the portrait of Rose, she says “I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste”, and you can clearly see that there is nothing on the paper.
Molly Brown did speak up in the lifeboat but she became famous as “unsinkable” for actually rowing the lifeboat herself and for rallying the other women in the boat to do the same. When the male officer in charge said there was no hope of rescue, she threatened to throw him overboard; she did not back down as she is depicted in the film.
Interesting Titanic Movie Facts
The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, but James Cameron insisted that Leonardo DiCaprio would be the star.
James Cameron actually went to the Titanic wreck and filmed it using underwater cameras. Although only 12 minutes of movie footage was collected during this time, the dive lasted much longer.
For shots that needed to be filled in on the Titanic wreck, a set was created and submerged.
Most of the decor was constructed by the companies who did the construction for the actual Titanic.
Titanic is ranked #6 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Epic”.
Titanic was the first movie to have a budget of $200,000,000.
Most of the ocean which extras were jumping into was 3 feet deep
Titanic was the highest grossing film until James Cameron released Avatar.
Gloria Stuart who was 87 at the time of the film’s release, lived to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release at age 97. She became a real life centenarian on July 4th, 2010.
At the end of the movie, when Rose meets Jack on the Grand Staircase, the time displayed on the clock is the same time the ship sank.
Kate Winslet had to learn how to scuba dive for her role because it required a number of water scenes.
The film contains over 100 speaking parts and over 1000 extras, all of whom needed to be dressed in lavish period costume.
Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard who built the Titanic in 1909, opened up their private archives to the production, sharing blueprints that were long thought lost.
After finding out that she had to be naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet decided to break the ice, and when they first met, she flashed him.
Many of the “core extras” used for the movie took on characteristics of actual Titanic survivors. One scene where two little girls are loaded onto a lifeboat and the man says, “It’s only for a little while” is based on testimony from one of the girls who survived.
Titanic is the most expensive movie to be filmed in the 20th century.