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Titanic - The Blockbuster Movie

Updated on November 11, 2013

Titanic - An Unforgettable Movie

James Cameron's Titanic was THE movie to see when it hit theaters in 1997. People went once, twice, three times or more to see this film, yet it is difficult to find someone who will admit that they actually enjoy this movie. Okay, we can all agree that some of the script was a bit cheesy, but in a way it makes it that much greater! I did not see it in theaters, but I will admit (and I am not ashamed) it is one of my favorite films of all time.

Image Source: Titanic Poster

Why I Love Titanic

1. I love anything that has to do with the Titanic.

2. The music is beautiful and fits with the film.

3. The cinematography is gorgeous.

4. The characters were well chosen.

5. It is based on a true story, and is surprisingly pretty close to the real story.

6. It makes my emotions run wild. With this movie I feel happy, sad, in love, and scared.

7. Kate Winslet is stunning.

8. Shipwrecks fascinate me, and the circumstances surrounding Titanic are the most fascinating.

9. It truly makes me sympathize with what these people had to go through on the Titanic. James Cameron, in my opinion, made a beautiful tribute for the passengers and crew on the Titanic and will help it to never be forgotten.

10. It helped a new generation of people learn about Titanic and gain a new interest in it.

Let's take a look back at a fantastic movie. A movie that won 11 academy awards, and rightfully so. Titanic is the kind of movie that will live on forever. Whether you like it or not, Titanic will not be forgotten and will be a legendary blockbuster even as the years pass by.

Titanic Trailer

Even the trailer gives me goosebumps!

Jack & Rose
Jack & Rose

Plot

Deep-sea explorer Brock Lovett is trying to find a diamond necklace that went down with the ship Titanic. He reaches the ship and finds nothing but a picture of a young woman wearing the diamond necklace. A Titanic survivor sees the picture on the news and calls to say the woman in the picture is her. She goes to visit Brock Lovett and to tells her story of what it was like on the "unsinkable ship", Titanic.

Titanic is a fictional love story based on the famous sinking of the Titanic. I like to think of it as Jack and Rose represent the passengers as a whole so the viewer feels closer to the passengers and what they would feel. It is a historical movie with fictional characters weaved throughout.

Titanic on DVD

Titanic (Three-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (1997)
Titanic (Three-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (1997)

Enjoy Titanic in the comfort of your own home with this special 3 disc collectors edition. This has plenty of special features to keep you entertained for hours. A must have for any big Titanic fan.

 

Cast - Who played who? Listed are some of the most recognizable characters in the movie Titanic.

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kate and leo

Actor...........................Character

Leonardo DiCaprio..........Jack Dawson

Kate Winslet.................Rose DeWitt Bukater

Billy Zane.....................Caledon 'Cal' Hockley

Kathy Bates.................Molly Brown

Frances Fisher............Ruth Dewitt Bukater

Gloria Stuart................Old Rose

Bill Paxton....................Brock Lovett

Bernard Hill..................Captain Smith

Victor Garber...............Thomas Andrews

Jonathan Hyde............ Bruce Ismay

Danny Nucci.................Fabrizio

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TItanic Soundtrack

The songs from the movie Titanic. These songs are beautiful!

titanic poster
titanic poster

What were the 11 Oscars Titanic won?

1. Best picture

2. Best directing

3. Best cinematography

4. Best Art direction

5. Best film editing

6. Best original song

7. Best original dramatic score

8. Best visual effects

9. Best sound effects editing

10. Best sound

11. Best costume design

The categories that they lost in were:

1. Best actress (Kate Winslet)

2. Best supporting actress (Gloria Stuart)

3. Best Makeup

Titanic Theme Song

This is the music video for the theme song to Titanic "My Heart Will Go On".

titanic people magazine
titanic people magazine

Quotes

Some of my favorites...

Fabrizio: "I can see the Statue of Liberty already!... Very small, of course."

Jack: "Rose, you're no picnic, all right? You're a spoiled little brat, even, but under that, you're the most amazingly, astounding, wonderful girl, woman that I've ever known... "

Old Rose: "Fifteen-hundred people went into the sea, when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby... and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the water, myself included. Six... out of fifteen-hundred. Afterward, the seven-hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but wait... wait to die... wait to live... wait for an absolution... that would never come. "

Cal Hockley: "God himself could not sink this ship. "

Thomas Andrews: "Sleep soundly young Rose for I have built you a good ship, strong and true, she has all the lifeboats you need. "

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

Rose: "Jack! This is where we first met. "

Old Rose "Titanic was called the ship of dreams, and it was, it really was."

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kate and leo titanic

Titanic V. History

Although the love story on Titanic was based on fictional characters, the actual Titanic did in fact sink, and James Cameron did his homework. Here I will show only some of what actually happened and what did not happen.

Jack and Rose are fictional characters. Although there was a J. Dawson on board the Titanic, it was not Jack. His name was Joseph Dawson and was a member of the crew. James Cameron said he was not aware there was a J. Dawson on board, and it was coincidence that he picked Jack Dawson as the lead name.

Much of the underwater shots are real, although some shots had to be faked. The director, James Cameron, made a dozen deep sea dives to the ship for filming.

Pieces of the iceberg really did fall on the deck, and people played with them and thought everything was fine. At first, they all thought it was fun and games. Nothing bad could happen to the mighty Titanic!

The lifeboats really were not loaded with as many people as they could have been just like in the movie. Passengers were more afraid to get into the lifeboats because the Titanic sinking seemed impossible and the Titanic seemed safer than the little lifeboats.

The band really did play music as Titanic was sinking. Nobody is 100% positive what song was the last song played, but most people believe it was "Nearer, My God, To Thee" which was the song played in the film. The bandleader had said if he was ever on a sinking ship he would play "Nearer, My God, To Thee" and survivors said that was what they heard. Other survivors said they heard the song "Song d'Automne".

Ida and Isidor Straus (the old couple laying in bed) really died with the Titanic. She really did stay with her husband on the ship, but they did not lay in their bed like in the movie. Researchers believe they were on the deck of the ship because Isidors body was found and could not have been found if they were on the inside. Survivors also remember seeing them outside.

In the movie 1st Officer Murdoch shoots himself. Nobody can prove if this happened or not. Some survivors claimed someone in the crew committed suicide, but nobody knows who. It is only rumor that Murdoch was the one who did it. Murdoch's family was upset that he was depicted in the movie as the one who committed suicide and accepted a bribe, so James Cameron apologized and donated money to Murdoch's memorial fund.

On the 3 disk collectors edition of Titanic, there are several deleted scenes. Some of these scenes are very historically correct, but were deleted because they didn't add to the overall effect of the movie. If you are a history buff or want to see more Titanic scenes then I highly recommend the collectors edition. The scenes are still good and interesting and since I love Titanic so much, I wouldn't have minded them being in...but of course it would have been about 4 hours instead of 3 hours!

- If you are interested in learning more about the real history of the Titanic, visit Encyclopedia Titanica.

Who did the characters portray?

Although some of the characters in the movie are fictional, many of them are based on actual people.

These are some of the people that were in the movie and were real people on the Titanic. Real people on the left and actors on the right.

Molly Brown

Captain Smith

Thomas Andrews

Bruce Ismay

1st Officer Murdoch

5th Officer Harold Lowe

2nd Officer Lightoller

Chief Officer Wilde

John Jacob Astor

Benjamin Guggenheim

6th Officer Moody

Ida and Isidor Straus

Wallace Hartley

Heart Of The Ocean

Own a necklace that looks just like the Heart of the Ocean that Rose wears in Titanic!!

Titanic Movie Facts

Some things you might find interesting!

James Cameron went on the dives to the real Titanic himself to shoot scenes for the movie. It took 12 dives to get the footage they needed because the deep-sea camera only held 12 minutes worth of film, even though each dive took hours.

Titanic made 1.8 billion dollars at the box office. It held the record from 1997 - 2010 until James Cameron's newest movie "Avatar" barely beat the record.

In the scene where the water comes crashing into the Grand Staircase room, the film makers had only one shot at filming it because the set and furnishings were going to be destroyed in the first shot because of the water crashing through.

One of three films to win a total of 11 Academy Awards

Christian Bale auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson.

The hands seen sketching Rose are not Leonardo DiCaprio's, but directors.

Was #1 at the U.S. box office for a record fifteen consecutive weeks

Kate Winslet developed pneumonia while filming the water scenes.

It cost $200 million to make the movie, which was actually more expensive than it cost to make the actual Titanic.

Titanic 2

This is a fake trailer to the fake sequel to Titanic. I thought it was real when I first watched it! Did you?

Do you love titanic? hate it? Leave your opinions here!

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      Pravin 2 years ago

      I first saw this movie at the Cinesphere. The huge screen, the fact this is about a true story, it was very ppalable! To see it in 3D would have even more dramatic impact I think. Yes, I would go to see it in 3D.

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Great hub on one of the greatest movie of all time. Music was awesome. Acting, direction and perhaps what not.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      best mvie in hollywood i've ever seen....i love titanic <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love the movie. the movie made me cry a lot.but i think its the best movie ever

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Am very much looking forward to seeing this again at the theatre. Blessings.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      That fake trailer looks so REAL. It says the Titanic 2 is coming in April 2012 - that's next month... I wanna see it!!! The clips have been put together so smoothly. I can't believe it's a fake trailer.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I loved this movie. I have seen it a lot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This movie is my favorite. Great lens!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      great lens! i loved the movie and also the book a night to remember!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      great lens, great movie and cool history.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my favorite movie.

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      arunii lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for putting the real pictures titanic heroes. I have watched this movie more than 10 times and still in love with it !

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Fantastic lens on Titanic, I am very impressed. We live in Southampton where the Titanic sailed from, and many of the crew were from the city. They are supposed to be building a new museum ready for the centenary next year. I have photographs of the Titanic Memorial. Also the Mayflower sailed from here, but had to put into Plymouth because of bad weather. Lensrolled and featured on my 2 Leonardo DiCaprio lenses, and Blessed by an angel.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Wow, Titanic in 3D? That's a lot of heartbreak!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      this is a great movie!

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Yep, great movie. Some can say what they want about James Cameron, but he rocks as a filmmaker. I am not a huge fan of 3D, but I think Titanic will be even better in 3D, and I missed it at the theater too, so I'll be there.

      Oh yeah...nice lens!!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Some movies just stay in the mind forever and this is one of those movies for me. You have covered everything in this lens.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      titanic is a wonderful movie. i look forward to seeing it in the theaters again.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Titanic is one of my favorite movies!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Wow, very nice lens. I love the movie. I watched it several times.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just saw this movie again over the weekend, one of the few I will view more than once. Nice lens too.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Very creative and enjoyable! I never saw Titanic in the theaters either but will when it's released 3D!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Very nice lens ... I especially like the photographs of the actors and their counterparts. I have this movie on DVD and have watched it several times! Some of the dialogue makes me cringe, but the special effects make up for that.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I don't hate the Titanic I think it is a great movie but for some reason it is not one I enjoy watching over and over. My husband on the other hand loves this movie and watching the special features (it's right up there with Gladiator for him). I actually bought a "heart of the ocean" look-a-like from Avon. I never wear it. I'd wear the real thing! LOL

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      tiny-reviews 7 years ago

      Great lens, you will have to do an Avatar blockbuster lens now...hehe

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      funpetal1488 7 years ago

      Really cool lens about Titanic and James Cameron will rock again the theater's with his Next flick Avatar

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I wonder if Avatar will make the money Titanic did?

      I love this lens!! Beautiful job!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done & blessed by a SquidAngel. I am also lensrolling your lens to my Titanic Memorial Cruise page.

      We recently tried to watch the Titanic on television ~~ with commercials ~~ and that was a disaster. The Titanic is a longish movie (I think) and the commercials made it a bit long! I do enjoy reading and watching about the Titanic, too. I think my interest started with a book we had to read in high school.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a great overview of this film! I love the part about what did really happen and what didn't, as well as the photos of the actors and the real people they portrayed. I actually resisted seeing this film for a while--I wasn't a big Leonardo DiCaprio fan at the time--but I was very pleasantly surprised when I finally did see it. And I became much more of a Leo fan from then on.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Consider it done! [in reply to jewelkid87]

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      MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

      [in reply to tpoint] Thanks for your reply tpoint! I was not in attendance for this movie either and agree with you on the price of movie tickets being sky high! Give a hi to all of the staff at T. Point Inc. for me will you?

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      tpoint 8 years ago

      While I do have to admit that I enjoyed the movie, I must also admit, at the same time, that the movie did not appear, at least in my eyes, to live up to all of the hype that everyone else has given it over the years, especially at the time it came out, although it was one of the highest grossing movies of all time, I must admit that I was not in attendance on opening night, or any other night in a theater for that matter, I mean honestly, theater pricing has sky rocketed almost as much as corn syrup!

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      MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

      [in reply to Kirsten] I agree with everything you said. Thank you for the wonderful comment!!

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      MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

      [in reply to Kirsten] I agree with everything you said. Thank you for the wonderful comment!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I absolutely love this movie. I make it a point to watch at least once every week or two; I know, I'm slightly obsessed. However, of all the years, I've watched this movie, I could never entirely commit to the relationship between Jack and Rose. I feel so much more emotionally attached to the ship, and all of the "true" characters. For instance, I feel the most attached to Thomas Andrews. Victor Garber did an astounding job portraying him, and it was actually through his portrayal that I became so attached to Mr. Andrews. Titanic was his ship. His entire heart and soul was in Titanic, and to learn on that fateful night that she was going to sink...I can't imagine what he must have felt. I have thought long about it, and I almost feel that the sinking of Titanic will be the closest that Hell will ever come to winning. Titanic was known to be "heaven on earth", and yet the sea took her. It was almost as if she was too beautiful for this earth.

      Rest in peace Mr. Andrews.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      nice movie..so touching..

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens, Bethany :) I watched Titanic just a few days ago......it's a bit of a tearjerker :)

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      MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

      Thanks for you reply! Im keeping it as Rose DeWitt Bukater because that is her cast name and her name throughout the movie. She only changed her name at the end of the movie and said she used it ever since, but she played in the movie as Rose DeWitt Bukater. [in reply to megan]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      up there in the cast she called her self rose DAWSON and used that name ever since so i think you should fix that

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      Titantic is a classic movie, i love the cast pictures!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I loved the Titanic. I watched it several times and occasionally pop it in again.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      avocado47 8 years ago

      I love Titanic. Great movie - Great Lens!

      ~Stacy