Titanic (1997 movie)

1997 American romantic disaster film directed by James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster movie. It was directed, written, and co-produced by James Cameron. The movie is about the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. It stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The two play characters who are of different social classes. They fall in love after meeting aboard the ship, but it was not good for a rich girl to fall in love with a poor boy in 1912. Titanic runned for 200 days in cinemas. Production of the movie began in 1995. Cameron recorded footage of the real Titanic wreck. The reconstruction of the Titanic was created at Playas de Rosarito in Baja California. To create the sinking of the ship, scale models and computer-generated imagery were used. Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox helped with half of the funding for the movie. At the time when the movie was released, it was the most expensive movie ever made. It had a budget of $200 million.

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Directed byJames Cameron
Produced by
Written byJames Cameron
Music byJames Horner
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited by
Distributed by
Release date
Running time
194 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$200 million[2][3][4]
Box office$1,843,201,268[5]

The movie was released on December 19, 1997. It received positive critical reviews. The movie won 11 Academy Awards, and was nominated for fourteen other Academy Awards. It was also a commercial success with a total worldwide gross of $1.84 billion. It was the first movie to reach the billion-dollar mark. A 3D version of the movie was released in theaters on April 4, 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. It earned $343.6 million worldwide. This made Titanic's worldwide total to be $2.18 billion.


A 100-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells a story about her voyage on the famous ship Titanic. She is sharing the story with her granddaughter, Lizzy Calvert, and a crew of men who are interested in the Titanic shipwreck. The members of the crew are named Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell, and Anatoly Mikailavich. She tells the story while on the Keldysh. The men are on the Keldysh trying to find a famous necklace called "The Heart of the Ocean" that they think sank with the ship. She goes on to explain the whole story from the ship's departure to the sinking of Titanic on its first (and last) voyage at 2:20 in the morning on April 15, 1912. Most of the movie is not Old Rose telling the story, but Young Rose actually living the story.

On April 10th 1912, Young Rose boards a ship called Titanic with the upper-class passengers, her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon 'Cal' Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game.

After winning a trip on the RMS Titanic during a dockside card game, American Jack Dawson spots the society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater who is on her way to Philadelphia to marry her rich snob fiancé Cal Hockley. Rose feels helplessly trapped by her situation and makes her way to the aft deck and thinks of suicide until she is rescued by Jack. Cal is therefore obliged to invite Jack to dine at their first-class table where he suffers through the slights of his snobbish hosts. In return, he spirits Rose off to third class for an evening of dancing, giving her the time of her life. Deciding to forsake her intended future all together, Rose asks Jack, who has made his living making sketches on the streets of Paris, to draw her in the nude wearing the invaluable blue diamond Cal has given her. Cal finds out and has Jack locked away. Soon after wards, the ship hits an iceberg and Rose must find Jack while both must run from Cal even as the ship sinks deeper into the freezing water.

In 1996, treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his team has reached the most famous shipwreck of all - the RMS Titanic. Emerging with a safe believed to contain a famous diamond called the "Heart of the Ocean", he discovers that the safe does not hold the diamond, but a drawing of a beautiful young woman wearing it. When Lovett is later interviewed on television, he shows the drawing to the cameras, and Rose Dawson Calvert, now 101, recognizes the young woman in the drawing - herself. She and her granddaughter Lizzy visit Lovett on his research ship over the wrecksite, and tells her story of the Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage.

In 1912, 17-year-old society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater boards the ship's first class suites with her fiance, Pittsburgh Steel tycoon owner Caledon Hockley, and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, in Southampton. Also boarding are poor artist Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi, after a lucky poker game wins them in steerage. When Rose attempts suicide by jumping off the stern in third class, Jack pulls her back onto the ship... and a bond is forged between them as Jack is invited by her into first class the following day. Rose's mother and Cal try desperate measures to keep them apart as Jack and Rose fall in love, until the Titanic collides with an iceberg and is critically damaged. Now Jack and Rose must fight to stay alive, as their passionate romance becomes a struggle for survival, but Jack eventually freezes to death due to spending too much time in extremely cold water.

Main castEdit

Actor Role
Leonardo DiCaprio Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet Rose DeWitt Bukater
Billy Zane Caledon Hockley
Kathy Bates Margaret "The Unsinkable Molly" Brown
Frances Fisher Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Bernard Hill Captain Edward J. Smith
Victor Garber Thomas Andrews
Jonathan Hyde J. Bruce Ismay
David Warner Spicer Lovejoy
Michael Ensign Benjamin Guggenheim
Danny Nucci Fabrizio De Rossi
Jason Barry Tommy Ryan
Bill Paxton Brock Lovett
Gloria Stuart Old Rose (Rose Dawson Calvert)
Suzy Amis Lizzy Calvert
Lewis Abernathy Lewis Bodine
Eric Braeden Colonel John Jacob Astor IV
Bernard Fox Colonel Archibald Gracie IV
Ewan Stewart First Officer William Murdoch
Jonathan Phillips Second Officer Charles Lightoller
Ioan Gruffudd Fifth Officer Harold Lowe


The movie was based on the RMS Titanic (pictured in 1912).

The movie scenes of the ship's journey were taken on the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh in July 1996.[6] Principal photography for Titanic began in September 1996. The location was at the newly-built Fox Baja Studios.[6] The poop deck was built on a move-able machine. This allow it to rise from zero to ninety degrees in a few seconds. This was used during the sinking scene of the movie.[7] Many props were made of foam rubber. The material was used for the safety of the stuntmen.[8] On November 15, the boarding scenes were recorded.[7] Cameron decided to build his RMS Titanic on the starboard side. This was because weather data showed north-to-south winds. This caused the funnel smoke to move in one direction.[9]

A full-time etiquette coach was hired. He taught the cast on the manners of the upper class during the year 1912.[10] However, several critics noticed that some cast members were not very good. They also noticed the two main stars on the movie were not well trained.[11][12][13] Cameron sketched Jack's nude portrait of Rose for the nude scene.[14] He said "You know what it means for her, the freedom she must be feeling. It's kind of exhilarating (happy) for that reason."[15] The nude scene was DiCaprio and Winslet's first scene together. Cameron said, "It wasn't by any kind of design, although I couldn't have designed it better. There's a nervousness and an energy and a hesitance [unsure] in them." This was the first scene to be recorded. Cameron said that the "big set" was not yet ready. The crew members had to record something so they decided to do the nude scene first.[15]

An angry crew member put the dissociative drug PCP into the soup that Cameron and other members ate one night. This caused more than 50 people to be rushed to the hospital.[14] "There were people just rolling around, completely out of it. Some of them said they were seeing streaks and psychedelics," said actor Lewis Abernathy.[14] Cameron had vomited before the drug began working. Abernathy was shocked at the way he looked. "One eye was completely red, like the Terminator eye. A pupil, no iris, beet red. The other eye looked like he'd been sniffing glue since he was four."[14][16] The person who poisoned the cast members was never found.[17][18]

Filming was scheduled to last 138 days. However, it grew to 160. Many cast members came down with colds, flu, or kidney infections. This happened during the many hours they spent in the cold water. Winslet, who also had these symptoms, decided she would not work with Cameron again unless she earned "a lot of money".[18] Several other cast members left the movie. Three stuntmen broke their bones. The Screen Actors Guild decided to begin an investigation. They concluded that there was nothing unsafe going on on the set.[18]

The movie's budget reached $200 million.[2][3][4] Fox executives were worrying. They suggested an hour of different scenes to be removed from the three-hour movie. Cameron did not accept this. He told Fox that if they want to remove some scenes out that they would need to fire him.[14] The executives did not want to start over. This would mean they will loose their entire investment.[14]


The soundtrack of the movie was written, orchestrated and conducted by James Horner. The soundtrack was released by Sony Classical on November 18, 1997. When the movie was released, the soundtrack topped the charts in two-dozen countries.[19] It sold over 30 million copies. It then became one of the best-selling albums of all time. It was also the highest-selling orchestral soundtracks ever.[20] Horner wrote the song "My Heart Will Go On". He wrote the song in secrecy because Cameron did not want any songs with singing in the movie.[21] Céline Dion agreed to record a demonstration. Her husband, René Angélil, asked Dion many times to do it, since she did not want to record it at first. Horner waited until Cameron was in a happy mood. After playing it several times, Cameron approved of the song. However, Cameron feared that he might be criticized for "going commercial at the end of the movie".[21]

3D and re-releaseEdit

James Cameron announced that Titanic was being converted to 3D.[22] The 3D version came out on April 6, 2012. This was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It took $18 million to produce it.[23] The 3D conversion was done by Stereo D.[24] Sony Music with Slam Content's Panther Records, re-worked the soundtrack.[25] The movie grossed $4.7 million on the first day of its re-release in North America. It went on to make $17.3 million during the weekend. It then became the third most-watched movie for that week.[26][27] The movie earned $35.2 million worldwide. It then became the second most-watched movie for that week.[28] The following week saw an increase of the movie's earnings. It became the number one movie for that week with $98.9 million.[29] It was more successful in China. It earned $11.6 million on its opening day in that country.[30] It then earned a record-breaking $67 million for that week.[29] The re-release earned a total of $343.4 million worldwide. In China the total was at $145 million. In Canada and the United States, it made $57.8 million from those countries.[31]

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  Australia 18 December 1997
  Hong Kong 18 December 1997
  Malaysia 18 December 1997
  New Zealand 18 December 1997
  Singapore 18 December 1997
  Canada 19 December 1997
  Puerto Rico 19 December 1997
  United States 19 December 1997
  Japan 20 December 1997
  Taiwan 20 December 1997
  South Africa 20 December 1997
  Thailand 26 December 1997
  Iceland 1 January 1998
  Mexico 1 January 1998
  Panama 1 January 1998
  Indonesia 5 January 1998
  Belgium 7 January 1998
   Switzerland 7 January 1998 (French speaking region)
  France 7 January 1998
  Slovenia 7 January 1998
  Germany 8 January 1998
  Austria 9 January 1998
   Switzerland 9 January 1998 (German speaking region)
   Switzerland 9 January 1998 (Italian speaking region)
  Spain 9 January 1998
  Israel 9 January 1998
  Uruguay 9 January 1998
  Brazil 16 January 1998
  Finland 16 January 1998
  Greece 16 January 1998
  Italy 16 January 1998
  Portugal 16 January 1998
  Sweden 16 January 1998
  Bolivia 20 January 1998
  Hungary 22 January 1998
  Denmark 23 January 1998
  United Kingdom 23 January 1998
  Ireland 23 January 1998
  Peru 23 January 1998
  Kuwait 29 January 1998
  Netherlands 29 January 1998
  Lebanon February 1998
  Philippines 4 February 1998
  Argentina 5 February 1998
  Chile 5 February 1998
  Czech Republic 5 February 1998
  Slovakia 5 February 1998
  Colombia 13 February 1998
  Norway 13 February 1998
  Poland 13 February 1998
  Venezuela 18 February 1998
  South Korea 20 February 1998
  Russia 20 February 1998
  Turkey 20 February 1998
  Egypt March 1998
  Yugoslavia 5 March 1998
  Bulgaria 6 March 1998
  Estonia 6 March 1998
  Lithuania 6 March 1998
  Latvia 6 March 1998
  Romania 6 March 1998
  Croatia 12 March 1998
  India 13 March 1998
  China 3 April 1998
  Pakistan 14 August 1998

3-D VersionEdit

Country Premiere
  Cambodia 12 March 2012
  Taiwan 3 April 2012
  Belgium 4 April 2012
  Canada 4 April 2012
  Spain 4 April 2012
  France 4 April 2012
  Hong Kong 4 April 2012
  Iceland 4 April 2012
  Sweden 4 April 2012
  United States 4 April 2012
  Albania 5 April 2012
  Bahrain 5 April 2012
  Germany 5 April 2012
  Greece 5 April 2012
  Croatia 5 April 2012
  Hungary 5 April 2012
  Israel 5 April 2012
  Kuwait 5 April 2012
  Netherlands 5 April 2012
  New Zealand 5 April 2012
  Portugal 5 April 2012
  Serbia 5 April 2012
  Russia 5 April 2012
  Singapore 5 April 2012
  Ukraine 5 April 2012
  Armenia 6 April 2012
  Estonia 6 April 2012
  Finland 6 April 2012
  United Kingdom 6 April 2012
  Ireland 6 April 2012
  India 6 April 2012
  Italy 6 April 2012
  Pakistan 6 April 2012
  Romania 6 April 2012
  Thailand 6 April 2012
  Turkey 6 April 2012
  Japan 7 April 2012
  Philippines 7 April 2012
  China 10 April 2012
  Argentina 12 April 2012
  Lithuania 12 April 2012
  Peru 12 April 2012
  Brazil 13 April 2012
  Colombia 13 April 2012
  Mexico 13 April 2012
  Norway 13 April 2012
  Poland 13 April 2012
  Paraguay 20 April 2012
  Vietnam 18 May 2012


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