When Rose is arriving in New York, she looks at the Statue of Liberty, which is the same color as now (copper green). But if you visit the Statue of Liberty, we'll find a plate telling us that the original color was brown, and it took over 35 years for it to change color. The Statue of Liberty was established there in 1886, so in 1912 it should have still been partly brown. Also, the flame was replaced in 1986 (for its 100th anniversary) with a gold flame. The film shows the Statue holding a torch with a gold flame, not the original.
Rose mentions Sigmund Freud's ideas on the male preoccupation with size to Bruce. Freud did not publish the work relating to this until 1920 in "The Pleasure Principle." Also, up until 1919, Freud relied solely on data from females.
The underwater shots of the propellers are incorrect. The famous photo of the ship in dry dock and the men standing under the propellers clearly shows that the propellers were bolted together with giant nuts as was the practice at that time. The underwater shots of the propellers show smooth metal (no bolt heads/nuts) suggesting welding, which were not available until WWII.
In the scene when Jack is shown in the Master-at-Arms' office from the outside of the ship through a porthole, the hull appears to be of a smooth, modern welded construction. In fact, the Titanic's hull was constructed of overlapping plates held in place with round-headed rivets.
When the first class passengers are attending a church service, they are singing 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save' which was a hymn at the time. However, they are heard singing the US Episcopal Church version, which was not written until 1940.
The Afghan hound depicted during the movie was a beautiful specimen of today but quite different from one from the 1912 era. These dogs were very sparsely coated and much coarser in build - still uniquely beautiful, but quite a contrast to today's Afghans.
The gun Cal steals from Lovejoy is in fact a model 1911A1, a modified version of the 1911 that wasn't available until 1926. The main distinguishing feature is its curved mainspring housing (bottom part of the grip), whereas on the 1911 is straight. Even if it was the standard 1911, that model had only been used by the military for a few months, and was not yet available in the nickel plating shown; the civilian version had only been available for about a month.
When Rose and her mother are at tea on the last Sunday of the voyage, Mrs. DeWitt-Bukater can be heard complaining to the other ladies about Rose's selection for bridesmaids' dresses and the color. She can be heard to reference the "daughter of the Duchess of Marlborough". In 1912, the Duchess of Marlborough was American débutante Consuelo Vanderbilt Marlborough who was the first wife to the Ninth Duke of Marlborough whom she married in November of 1895. When the Duke and Duchess separated in 1906, they were not formally divorced until 1921. In 1912, Consuelo Vanderbilt Marlborough was still the Duchess of Marlborough of record. As such, she and the Duke had two sons but no daughters, and neither of their sons was of marriageable age in 1912 and the eldest son, John Spencer-Churchill, the Tenth Duke of Marlborough did not inherit the dukedom until 1934.
The tune that Jack and Rose dance to on steerage is called "Hills of Connemara", written by Sean McCarthy, who was born in 1923, 11 years after the Titanic sank. Admittedly, however, he could have composed on musical themes already in circulation.
When Jack is handcuffed to the steel pipes at the Master-at-Arms' office, the pipe fittings are of welded steel construction. Electric arc welding was not used until the late 1920s. Pipes would have been flanged and threaded instead.
While the officers are searching the hold for Jack and Rose, they use flashlights with pure white light 7000k, not the yellowish light 2500k from a normal flashlight. Such flashlights were not available at that time. The light was a PEAKBEAM short-arc light; the tale-tell circle in the middle of the beam for the lamp-holder shows this.
During the poker game, we see a close-up of the ticket to the Titanic. The words "White Star Line" (twice - top middle in an arc and on the right hand side) are written in Helvetica, a font designed in 1957 - 45 years later.
After the Titanic sinks, a lifeboat returns to look for survivors. The officer in the boat is shouting and his voice is echoing; for it to echo it would have to hit a surface and bounce back but because it's the middle of the Atlantic, there is nothing to echo back from.
As the ship is sinking, the string players walk away, but one remains. As he begins to play, two others return. One is a double bass, but the double bass's sound is not heard within "Nearer My God to Thee".
After the collision with the iceberg, the Captain orders all engines stopped. However, the telegraph bells are only heard once, meaning that the other engine would still be in full reverse, which clearly isn't.
When they find their rooms in steerage and Jack introduces himself to the two Swedish men, Fab takes the top bunk. Jack turns to Fab and says "Who says you get top bunk, huh?" but his mouth never moves then or later to actually say it.
When escaping from steerage, when Tommy says "if that's the way the rats are going, that's good enough for me", his mouth doesn't appear to be moving, at least not in synch with the dialogue he is heard saying.
After Cal has slapped Rose across the face, one of the stewards comes in and tells them to put their lifebelts on, he says, "Dress warmly, it's quite cold out tonight. May I suggest top coats and hats?" But his mouth stops moving before he says, "and hats?"
When old Rose is seated in her stateroom aboard the salvage ship with Lizzy her granddaughter and Boudine comes in to ask if her stateroom's all right and if there's anything she'd like. She replies, "Yes, I'd like to see my drawing," and behind her on the wall we can see a large banana shaped shadow of the boom mic dip down for her line and up again.
When Lewis Bodine is talking about the moment the iceberg hit the Titanic he states that it "punched holes like Morse code...below the water line" in the hull; however, this is not the case. There were many possible factors in the sinking but the closest to Bodine's statement is that when the iceberg hit, it popped the rivets, causing the hull to open and let the water pour in.
When Capitan Hill is telling the intended message to other ships to the radio operators he says: "Tell them (the ship) is going down by the head". Any sailor would not refer to "the head" for that is the bathroom. A proper sailor should have said "She is going down by the bow".
Thomas Andrews is portrayed as having a soft Irish 'brogue' type accent. He came, in fact, from a staunchly Unionist background in Belfast (his brother was the future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland) and he would have had the same upper class British accent, which was a common feature among the wealthy landed gentry of the period and indeed is still common to this day.
When Mr. Andrews is summoned to the bridge, he leaves his room (A Deck) and is seen walking along a B Deck corridor. This route would take him on a long detour to get to the bridge as opposed to simply walking up the promenade deck to and ascending a flight of stairs.
After first seeing her drawing aboard the Mstislav Keldysh, "Old Rose" claims to have worn the necklace with the "Heart of The Ocean" only once while on Titanic, referring to to her wearing it for the drawing. This was actually the second time - the first was in her stateroom following her attempt to jump from the ship, as Cal puts it on her to placate her.
Just before he shoots himself, Murdoch gives a military salute, however he salutes in the American way with his palm facing down. The Titanic, being an English ship with English crew, would have it's officers salute the British way with palm facing out.
When Jack and Rose are spitting over the deck before dinner, they are on the port side of the ship, and the sun is setting almost directly in front of them. The ship would have to be going northwest for this to happen instead of the southwest course it should be on.
While Rose and Jack are having sex in the Renault, we can see Rose's hand leaving a print on the rear window. Immediately after that, the camera moves inside the car, and it is clearly seen that the handprint is not only in a lower part of the window, but also in a different shape.
When Jack and Rose first meet at the stern, Rose is clearly wearing jeweled, slip-on shoes and black stockings. However, when she is lying on the deck after Jack rescues her, she is wearing red lace up boots instead.
In the scene with Jack and Rose having sex in the Renault, the pass-through window between the seats through which Rose pulls Jack is open when he slips through it, and then in the next shot is closed without ever seeing him close it.
Young Rose's shoes are clearly off in one wide shot as she stands on the railing of the ship. As we cut to her before she turns around, when we can see her entire body, we can clearly see in two shots her toes outlined by black nylons clutching the rail, and NOT her heels as seen previously in other shots before and afterward when she slips on her gown as Jack pulls her back over the rail to safety.
After the drawing is completed and Rose has dressed, she is not wearing her engagement ring. Several scenes from then until the final sinking, show her left hand devoid of the ring. However, when she is underwater after the stern has sunk, a scene shows the violent suction of the water pulling that ring off her finger and flying away in the vortex.
When Murdoch orders "full astern", he moves the engine order telegraph three times before he sets it on the desired speed. Three rings on the order telegraph indicates to the engine crew that an urgent speed change is needed, rather than the usual single ring. When the camera cuts to the engine room, only one ring is heard.
When Jack and Fabrizio first head to the bow of the ship, while dolphins are swimming along with it, they are shown at the helm with the ship sailing along, but then in the close up of Jack looking down, his hair is stiff and unmoved, not a breath of wind, which would be impossible on a ship sailing onward at sea in the afternoon.
After the Titanic sets off to the open sea, we can see Chief
Engineer Bell increasing steam pressure by turning the regulator counterclockwise. Later, during the collision with the iceberg, we can see some worker decreasing pressure by starting to turn the regulator clockwise, yet in next shot, he is turning the regulator counterclockwise, still decreasing the pressure. Several shots later, after change to reverse, Bell is increasing pressure by turning the regulator clockwise.
After Rose and Jack are found lying on the deck, after Jack saves Rose from her attempted suicide, where Hockley, Lovejoy, and the ship's rescue team have appeared to see what the commotion was about, Rose's earrings are undeniably green at every angle, so it could not have been a lighting effect. At dinner, and standing on the railing, they were black and silver, to match her necklace she previously wore.
After the iceberg collision, there is a scene where Mr. Andrews passes worried by the Countess with the ship's schematics in his hands. Immediately after this scene, the ship is shown. This supposedly is happening a few minutes after the collision, so the ship must have its bow slightly down in the water. In that shot, the ship's bow is recognizable and it can be seen that its tail is slightly down, not its head.
At the beginning of the film, when old Rose is looking at the drawing, she says that she only wore The Heart of the Ocean that one time ("it was dreadfully heavy"), but she tried it on it earlier when Hockley first showed it to her.
When Captain Smith orders, "Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch - let's stretch her legs," they are standing to the right of the wheelhouse looking forward with the sun coming from their left. When Murdoch walks into the wheelhouse to carry out the order, the sun is behind him.
When Jack is held prisoner in the Master-at-Arms' office you can see from time to time in the background a two-berth room. The top berth is neatly kept but later on even though Jack is alone and handcuffed and Rose in the two occasions she comes into that office never enters that room you can see that there is a pillow lying across the bed's border.
When the Titanic is in port, the sun appears to come from several different angles. Compare the following: The shadow of the crewman loading the car, the shadows of people walking the gangplank, the shadow of the sun's rays in the steam, the shadows that Rose's family cast on the gangplank, and the sunlight on the yellow building when they first enter Titanic.
When Rose sets the axe between the bars as she takes off her coat, the axe blade rests against two metal bars to prevent it from falling into the water. The next shot showing Rose from behind now shows the axe at a completely different angle with the blade positioned against only one metal bar, straight into the rising water.
When the engineers get the order to reduce the steam to the engines, the wheel they are turning is black, but when the chief engineer pushes him out of the way and continues to turn the wheel, it is gold.
When Officer Moody takes the call from the lookouts warning about the iceberg ahead, the clock reads 11:40pm. Four minutes later, when Captain Smith arrives on the bridge, the clock still reads 11:40pm, even though four minutes have passed.
In the beginning of the movie, when the old Rose is getting off, she is wearing a specific pair of earrings. In the next few scenes, the earrings change. After the story unfolds, they've changed back to the original pair in the scenes where she appears, including the end.
When Rose is look for help to free Jack from the handcuffs, she is pulled in the wrong direction by a crew member. She gets frustrated and punches the him, causing a bloody nose. Even before he grabs his nose it is shown he has blood on his fingers already.
A small sign "crew only," helps Rose to find her way to free Jack from the handcuffs. It is located on the archway of the corridor, but it was not there when Jack and Rose had come at the same spot (the elevator's hall at E deck) a few hours before fleeing from Lovejoy.
The angle that the surface of the rising water has to the objects around should be nearly the same from scene to scene. Frequently one sees the ship already tipping at a high angle on the outside and in the cabins the surface of the water is still parallel to the ceiling. That could not happen while the ship remained rigid.
At the beginning of the movie, when the elderly Rose is placing her photographs, she places them facing her bed. Later at the end of the movie, while she is asleep, it is clear the the photographs are facing away from her bed.
When Tommy yells, "You can't keep us locked in here like animals, the ship's bloody sinking!" his right hand is grabbing the gate at head level. The next shot shows Tommy with his right hand down and his left hand grabbing the gate.
After Jack saves Rose from committing suicide by jumping from the ship's stern, the make-up under Rose's left eye appears and disappears, then reappears, as does the dress she is holding in her left hand.
When Lewis Bodine talks about when the Titanic hit the iceberg, he wears a shirt with a yellow Pacman. Later, during Rose's story, when he says that Captain Smith has the iceberg warning "in his fucking hand", he wears a completely different shirt.
When Jack, Fabrizio, and Tommy break down the third-class gate and frees the steerage passengers from taking the stairwell, we can see Tommy take Rose by the arm to guide her over the fallen bench. In the next shot, he takes her arm again in the same place.
When Lovett and Bodine are walking along deck talking about Rose, when Bodine says she worked as an actress, they walk past a wall with a no smoking sign on it. In the next shot, they are in the same place, but the wall is gone.
When Rose first lies down for her drawing, the Heart of the Ocean is crooked, with its bottom point pointing sharply to Rose's left. It straightens between shots, after Jack tells her what to do with her hands. The chain is still slightly crooked but the Heart itself is lying straight.
The pistol Mr. Lovejoy has is a custom Colt M1911. Colt did not make a model for civilian usage until August 1912. In August 1912 there were only 100 civilian model M1911s produced for select members of the National Rifle Association. The ship sank in April 1912, four months before the civilian release of the M1911.
When the maid is tightening Rose's corset, she has the top quite tight. A moment later, when Rose's mother sends the maid for tea and starts on the corset herself, it is quite loose. The friction of the corset strings would not have allowed for much loosening.
During 'Nearer My God To Thee', when we see Thomas Andrews standing at the fireplace, when he changes the time on the clock, a few glasses fall off the mantle because of the ship's tilt. But we can see (at least in the 2.35:1 widescreen version) the string used to pull the second glass off the mantle against his coat.
When Rose is stepping onto the railing during the "I'm Flying" sequence, in the widescreen version of the film we can see to the very right that the railing is ending and there is a cable visible dangling over where the railing ends.
While Jack is telling Rose about his childhood, the camera moves from a shot of the ship to a shot of them walking along the deck. We can see shadows of heaps of equipment and people moving along the ship as the lights move.
During the end scene of the movie when the camera returns to the Grand Staircase to pan all of the passengers aboard, the camera tilts up to reveal the glass of the staircase. The water tank release is clearly visible; it outlines one of the main window panes in the top of the frame. This was used to release the water when the set was previously flooded.
When Rose "flies" from the ship's bow, the sunlight is clearly falling almost exactly straight across the ship from left to right. On the evening of April 14, the ship had in fact turned to almost a due west course, placing the actual setting sun almost straight ahead and slightly to the right.
In the film, the Palm Court's wicker furniture is tan, but on the real Titanic (and seen in many archival photos), it was actually white. Also, the tables are circular (Olympic only), but on Titanic, they were square. Lastly, the walls are seen bare, but on Titanic, each wall had real climbing ivy.
When Rose boards the Titanic, the entrance vestibule is shown with a pair of wooden doors. When James Cameron visited the wreck two years after filming ended, he discovered that the doors were in fact inaccurately portrayed in the film.
The Titanic's middle propeller was powered by a Parsons steam turbine, which ran off expelled steam from the two main reciprocating engines. This meant that the turbine could only run when a full head of steam had been generated. It would not and could not have been used for maneuvering in port. Hence, the middle propeller would have been stationary when starting away from the dock.
Captain Smith announces that he has ordered the last remaining unlit boilers lit. Actually only 24 of the 29 boilers were ever lit. The full-speed test (all boilers lit) was to have taken place on Monday, the 15th.
Passengers were not allowed at the forecastle head, or bow. The sign that declared "Passengers Not Allowed Beyond This Point" was mounted on the leeward side of the forward breakwater (both port and starboard), and was missing in the film.
Shots of the Titanic steaming at night and just prior to hitting the iceberg show a great deal of lights on the foredeck and from the cabin windows on the front of the ship facing the foredeck. In reality, Atlantic liners would not have had so much light showing forward of the bridge as the glare would have interfered with navigation at night.
Rose runs into Andrews, who gives her directions on how to reach Jack. The directions he gives her do not correspond to the real deck plan on RMS Titanic; it would have led her to nowhere other than the Master-at-Arms' office.
When the band starts playing "Nearer My God To Thee" at the ship's final moment, they are playing the American version "Bethany". Considering the Titanic was a British vessel containing mostly British crew, it is extremely unlikely the band would know or play an Americanized tune. Instead, they would have likely used the British version "Horbury".
The reciprocating engines were controlled from a platform between the two engines about midway between the floor and the top of the cylinders, not from the engine room floor. Even if the engines were controlled from the floor level the controls would have been at the opposite end of the engines since we are looking at the aft end of the engines, and the boiler rooms are forward of the reciprocating engine room. Also, it would have been quite impossible to see those engines from the vantage point we are given since the watertight bulkhead between the reciprocating engine room and turbine engine room would prevent us from being able to stand back far enough.
When the dock workers at Southampton cast off Titanic's mooring lines, the heaving lines are still attached to her mooring lines. The smaller heaving lines are used only to pull a ship's larger mooring lines down to the dock when the ship arrives. Then, only the ship's mooring lines are fastened to the dock or are cast off when she departs.
In the first shot of the lifeboats lowering during the sinking, one of the boats has "S.S. TITANIC" painted on its bow. Although the ship was designated as "R.M.S. TITANIC" (for Royal Mail Steamship or Steamer) the lifeboats were indeed marked as "S.S. TITANIC", and several plaques taken from the lifeboats after the disaster have been saved as souvenirs.
The closing credits state that Titanic was "Filmed in Panavision". This is incorrect. It was filmed using the Super 35 process that James Cameron has used for all of his movies and not using the Panavision anamorphic wide screen process. It was filmed, however, with Panavision cameras.
There was no door between boiler room six and the cargo area (and no access to anyone but authorized crew). If there had been a door, it would have entered through the third cargo area aft, not the one where the Renault was stored.
There are many minute contradictions of history, both in events and in the technical details of the ship. This film is prey to a large number of factual errors due to the large volume of documentary evidence from the actual event.
When the Titanic hits the iceberg, Thomas Andrews is shown to be in his room going over blueprints and clearly notices that something has happened. Although it is true that Andrews was in his room working on improvements for the ship when the collision occurred, he did not actually feel it himself; the crew actually summoned him.
At the beginning of the movie, when Jack is playing poker with Fabrizio and two others, Fabrizio turns over his hand and says he has nothing ("niente"). However, about 45 seconds earlier, his cards can be seen (when he says "Jack, you are pazzo. You bet everything we have"). He has two sixes in his hand, which would give him a pair.
When old Rose is about to start her story, she looks at videotape of the fireplace on the monitor. In the shot is "Snoop Dog", the submersible. "Duncan", the second submersible, was exploring another part of the wreck and wouldn't have been able to take that shot. It's actually a shot from the movie, having been used just before the safe's discovery.
Before Rose attempts suicide, she runs along the A Deck promenade towards the stern. She is then shown to be running out from the second class entrance (B Deck) to the poop-deck. In real life it would've been impossible for her to do this unless she jumped over the railing.
The sets of doors on D Deck, the ones passengers pass through to access the elevators or the first-class dining saloon, are incorrect. The handles were further up in the middle, attached to rectangular metal plates (one of which contained a lock). There was also a plate above one of the handles that said 'Pull'. The bronze grillework that adorns each door is missing a pane of glass that would have been on the outboard side (James Cameron acknowledges this in the DVD commentary).
In the scene when the ship passes the iceberg after hitting it, passengers are looking at the iceberg. We can see in the back the rear davit is out. At this point, the only davits out were the front ones.
Shortly before Titanic's break-up, we see Charles Lightoller (Jonny Phillips) clinging to an overturned lifeboat. Lightoller actually went into the water just after the fall of Murdoch. He was either attempting to hide the suicide or a rescue. The suction of the ship pulled him down and Lightoller was underwater at the time of the breakup. He was freed when a boiler exploded and the warm air freed him from the suction, thus saving his life. He surfaced just as Titanic's stern was sinking. Lightoller did indeed believe the ship had sunk intact. Lightoller died in December of 1952; thirty-three years before the Titanic wreck was located (1985).
Margret Brown was actually called Maggie by her friends. She was given the name "Unsinkable Molly Brown" later due to her efforts. She did not enter a lifeboat for quite some time, but helped others onto lifeboats. She also handled an oar to help row and did attempt to get the boat to go back for more people. Sources vary as to whether they did or did not go back and whether they did or did not find anyone else alive.
In several scenes when the ship's officers are outdoors on the
cold night of the sinking, the rank insignia has the executive curl (the semi-circle atop one or more stripes indicating the rank) going astern (the wrong way). This would have resulted in great embarrassment for the officers involved.
During the church service in the first class dining saloon, the passengers can be heard singing the hymn 'Eternal Father, Strong to Save' which ends with the line 'For those in peril on the sea.' This hymn was actually used for the second class Sunday service, not the first.
Professional radio operators hold the key with their thumbs and first two fingers, rather than tapping on it as shown. Tapping would have produced a bad "fist" (the Morse code equivalent of a harsh voice).
Jack Dawson despite being a steerage passenger is allowed to dine in first class. Third class passengers were actually forbidden to be in the first class section due to health regulations such as lice. Likewise first class passengers were not allowed in steerage again due to health regulations.
After Jack draws Rose's portrait, Rose walks out of the room in a summer style dress. This would never have been worn by anyone on the night Titanic struck the iceberg. The air temperature was extremely cold, likely less than 45 degrees. Throughout the rest of the film, we see other people wearing warm clothes and still shivering uncomfortably. But Rose seems fine.
In the film, we see Titanic's stern rise to around 45 degrees and splitting in two from the top down with the boat deck ripping apart. However, recent forensic studies by maritime experts at the site of the wreck have all concluded that the hull began to break at a much lower angle of around 15 degrees. In the film, you can hear the bending movement of the sinking ship; this is metal creaking and beginning to give way. The hull girders (which support the ship's hull) would never have been strong enough to hold half the ship in a vertical angle.
Despite near freezing air temperature and 28 F degree water temperature, the passengers on board the Titanic are not affected by the cold of either the freezing air or water until they are off the boat and in the water. When the ship is flooded with icy water Jack and Rose make their way through the water without freezing. We see vapor breath from passengers in the water, but not from those on deck. Hypothermia apparently only affects people once they leave the Titanic, not when the cold sea water is in the Titanic.
When Titanic starts up her engines in Southampton, all the props start simultaneously. The steam has to cycle through the two reciprocating engines and the leftover steam is vented into the low-pressure turbine which powers the center prop. There would have been a time delay between the outer and center props. But the center prop wouldn't have been used in disembarking from port anyway; the center prop was only to be used out in the open sea to augment speed. Any excess steam would have been diverted to the condensers at this time.
When they deploy the doors to seal the compartments, doors actually do not gradually lower. The doors are very heavy and last 1/2 meter they free fall to slam insuring they close unlike the scenes where people barely get through.
Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon mentions that she designed a trousseau for the Duchess of Marlborough's youngest daughter. In 1912, the Duchess of Marlborough would have been the former Consuelo Vanderbilt. She and the Duke of Marlborough had 2 sons, but no daughters.
In the final scenes of the film, the camera pans on old black and white pictures of Rose. The last one shown is her on a horse with the Colossus Roller Coaster from Magic Mountain in the background. Colossus was built not until 1978.
Despite Rose and Jack being in freezing water constantly between Titanic hitting the iceberg and its final shots of sinking, the two don't suffer from hypothermia or other reactions that can be caused by freezing water.
When Rose is considering jumping off the ship toward the beginning of the movie, she is not wearing the necklace she had on at dinner. Her hair is also different. In fact, there was a scene that was cut from the movie where Rose runs back to the parlor suite, tears off her necklace, lets her hair down, and in a fit of rage, destroys some of the items in her bedroom before running to the stern to attempt suicide.
Some artifacts recovered from the Titanic's wreckage included a number made of paper, which were saved because of their storage in leather bags or such; it is therefore possible for Jack's sketch of Rose to have survived as shown.
Although her fingers partially obscure it, the coin that Rose pays to Jack is generally agreed to be a Barber dime, minted 1892-1916, not a modern dime, as some viewers have incorrectly asserted. The Barber dime is distinctive because the portrait of Liberty on the head of the coin faces to the right, not the left.
The credits explain that some dramatic license has been taken; this is apparent with several minor characters. For example, Benjamin Guggenheim's mistress, Madame Aubert, never dined in the first-class dining saloon; she took all her meals in the a-la-carte restaurant on B Deck.
When Rose and Jack meet up before the first-class dinner, Jack kisses Rose's hand and says, "I saw that on a nickelodeon once and I always wanted to do it." He is referring not to the TV company (created in 1977 under the name Pinwheel) but to a type of five-cent movie common in that era.
All accounts of the sinking by survivors report that the lights went out, flickered back on for a second, then went out for good before the ship broke in two, all of which is correctly shown in the movie. In fact, many survivors disputed that the ship broke apart at all before sinking. Naturally, when the lights go out that quickly not everyone's eyes adjusted to the dark fast enough. Even though it has since been proven that the ship did break apart before sinking, one would imagine that there would be no room for dispute if the lights had stayed on until the ship broke.
Although the Titanic's fourth smokestack was not an exhaust avenue for the ship's engines, it was used as an outlet for the Titanic's massive kitchen. Since the Titanic used coal stoves, some smoke would have been coming out of the fourth smokestack. In one of the flyover shots of the ship, it is possible to see that most of the top of the fourth smokestack is sealed.
When the ship is bearing down on the iceberg, the officer orders the helmsman to put the helm hard to starboard and later hard to port. In each case the helmsman appears to do exactly the opposite. However, prior to the advent and mass popularity of the automobile, a ship's wheel was rigged such that to turn the ship left (port), the wheel was turned clockwise (or as we would consider it, to the right). It was only after a generation of drivers had grown up driving cars that the shipping industry began rigging their wheels to conform.
The painting by Norman Wilkinson in the first-class smoking room is actually an exact reproduction of "Plymouth Harbour," which went down with the Titanic, and not the Olympic's "Approach to the New World," a depiction of New York Harbor. A few years back, black and white sketches of "Plymouth Harbour" were found and an exact copy was painted by his son for the Southampton Maritime Museum. The Museum confirms that the picture as shown is an accurate copy.
When Murdoch finishes loading one of the lifeboats he says "Ready on the left", and "lower away" but doesn't say "Ready on the right". When lowering a lifeboat the officer would say "Ready on the left", "Ready on the right", and finally "Lower away". However, just after he calls "Ready on the left", he turns and sees Bruce Ismay in the lifeboat. Obviously stunned, he pauses before resigning himself to continue, and simply calls "Take them down".
Just before he shoots himself, Murdoch gives a military salute; however, he salutes in the American manner with his palm facing down. The Titanic, being an English ship with English crew, would have its officers salute the British way with their palms facing out. [The British Royal Navy salutes "in the American manner" with palm facing down, the British Army and, now, the Royal Air Force salute with palm facing out.]
The paintings shown in Rose's cabin, apparently by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas, have been the subject of much criticism, supposedly because these paintings are originals that never traveled on Titanic, or because they were too large to fit aboard the ship. In truth, the paintings are just imitations of each artists' style. The painting by Picasso is not the famed "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", but merely a painting in the same style.
The tugs that assisted the Titanic away from the Southampton dock did belong to the company known today as the Red Funnel Line, but they had not yet adopted that nickname or colour scheme. As shown in the film, the actual tugs had beige funnels.
The diamond in the film, "Le Coeur de la Mer", is supposed to be a diamond owned by Louis XVI and lost during the French Revolution, which Lovett also refers to as the "Blue Diamond of the Crown". In one early scene Lovett mentions to Rose that "today it would be worth more than the Hope Diamond". Since that 56 ct. heart-shaped diamond is believed to be the source of the 45.5 ct. oval Hope Diamond, that makes sense. Furthermore, since the source of the Hope Diamond is not certain, it's an acceptable fiction that it came from somewhere else, and that the stone we see is the original, heart-shaped diamond.
By 1912 color photography was beginning to pass beyond the experimental stage; the Autochrome plate, for instance, had been introduced in 1907. While the general public, or even most photographers, would still hardly be likely to take pictures in color, the Heart of the Ocean's owner diamond might well have wanted to record it for posterity, cost no object, in all its colorful glory.
It is often claimed that there is a tattoo visible on Rose's arm when she attempts suicide. It is actually a moon-shaped black dot - some embellishment that has come loose from her robe, clearly visible in closer shots.
"Eternal Father, Strong To Save" is sung during the worship service. While Robert Nelson Spencer wrote two verses in 1937, the lines sung in the film were quoted in a book published in 1921 and were probably written much earlier.
At the beginning of the movie it is not logically revealed how Brock's crew was able to recover the Cal's safe. The safe was found in a remote and highly inaccessible area of the ship by an underwater robot which could hardly lift all the wood which covered the safe. Therefore, it is hard to believe they were able to pull that heavy safe from the Titanic.
Despite Rose being on the Carapathia with her mother Ruth and Cal the two villains some how fail to spot her. This should be impossible as Carapathia was much smaller than Titanic and had only 705 survivors on-board. Plus the ship did not reach New York until 18 April 1912 giving them enough time to search the whole length of the ship to find her. Rose had her head exposed when the ship arrived at New York making it more easier for her to be found and either Ruth or Cal should have at least seen her when they left the ship.
Rose's drawing that's found and cleaned with great care and was in the safe is a noticeably different version than the version Jack sketched. Notice how the face, lips, eyes, hands, and overall picture is much different from Jack's sketch.
Rose's hair defies the law of gravity when she is atop the sinking ship. Her hair should be hanging down or at least moving in the cold wind as the scene suggests, but it is perfectly still and horizontal in respect to the sinking ship.
During the scene of the ship rising vertically immediately after it has split apart, there is a shot of the stern being pulled in by the bow, then there is a close-up shot of the deck at a 45 degree angle. It appears to not be moving (however, passengers are still sliding off), and there is no water on the hull visible.
When Cal arrives and gets out of his car, he looks ahead in amazement. Except Titanic is visible behind him though the car's door, and from this angle we can see that the entire rear of the ship is just scaffolding.
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.
When Rose demonstrates her ballet skills during the party in the third-class general room, the aspect ratio changes slightly from shot to shot. Small black bars appear and reappear on the sides of the screen.
After the ship has sunk, as rescue crews are searching for survivors, their calls are clearly sounding as if they are echoing. At sea, with virtually nothing to echo off of, there would be no such echoing.
When Cal is shooting at Jack and Rose, Cal's shot hits a pineapple-shaped finial on top of the base banister. In the next shot, we see the pineapple neatly blown apart without bullet marks and vertical scorch marks from the pyrotechnic that was apparently used to blow it in half in the preceding shot.
As the the lifeboat officers scan the water with their electric torches, looking for survivors, the pools of light cast onto the water do not match where they point the torches. The pools of light are obviously coming from off-screen spotlights, and the torch-bearers are frantically moving the torches around to try to point to where the spotlights are pointing.
In the black-and-white shots of the Titanic in port on departure day, there is a shot of a blonde woman in a straw hat leaning over a railing to wave enthusiastically at the dock (she waves towards the Titanic's port side). However, in the color flashback scene of sailing day, this same woman is waving towards the starboard side of the ship (out to sea). The color shot was not reversed during editing.
In order to show the correct side of the ship when it's docked, the image was flipped in post-production. As a result, there are an inordinate number of left-handed people waving from the deck of the ship.
The Swedish spoken by the card-playing man (who is later close to punching Jack as he wins the tickets) is obviously learned for the occasion by the actor and barely intelligible, although it reveals that he is angry because his friends are staking the tickets. The actor playing his friend, however, is certainly a native speaker, and defends his actions by saying that he is trying to win the tickets back.
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.
During the flyover scene of the ship not only is the crew's skylight on the wrong side, but if you pay attention, the entire ship is flipped. For example you can see the entrance to the gymnasium on the port side (It should be starboard) and also the stairs leading up to the docking bridge is on the port side.
When Rose and Jack (among others) are standing on the ship as it is sinking and they are about to sink into the water, the size of the waves compared to the people don't match up. It looks as if the people were pasted there next to normal-sized waves.
As the camera pulls back from Jack's "king of the world" shot and performs a flyover of the ship, we see the officer who comes out to report the ship's speed to Captain Smith walking very uncannily with a very deliberate and exceptionally large gate. This is because, instead of using a live aerial camera to capture the footage, Cameron chose to use 3D motion capture footage of individual characters performing actions and added them in post production. During the motion capture shoot, the actor playing the officer would have been shot walking without a particular goal or destination in mind.
When Mr. Andrews is leaning against the fireplace, changing the clock's minute hand when the ship is tilting, the contents in the two glass on the mantle are perfectly still when they should be moving around.
Just after the ship's stern tilts vertically before the final plunge, in a shot of Jack, Rose, and others on the stern, we can plainly see the superimposed division between the actors and ship, and the background. This has been corrected in subsequent video releases.
As passengers were climbing into lifeboats and the ship's officer was loading the Webley pistol, the first round inserted into the cylinder clearly had a firing pin indentation in the primer. This is standard protocol when using dummy rounds as props.
When the doors burst open and a flood of water engulfs the father and son in the E-Deck corridor, the railings to the left and right of the screen appear rubbery and bounce when the father's suitcase and the water come in contact with it.
When Jack and Cal are trying to convince Rose to get in the boat, as Cal says "I have an arrangement with an officer" all of a sudden rain is falling, then it has stopped, on a night when the sky was perfectly clear.
When the Iceberg collides with the ship, inside boiler room #6 you can clearly see openings for the water to rush in, a fireman running from the hull expecting it to flood, and water clearly on the floor of the boiler room. Not only that but when Frederick Barrett is leading men out of the boiler room, the water level is inconsistent with how much water would have flooded the room at that point.
After the sinking, Jack and Rose are in the water and try to climb on a large plank of wood. When it rolls over and we see the sky again, all the stars are gone. The stars come and go like this continuously between shots for a while after this.
The water is shown to be filling above the Grand Staircase clock twice: once when the water is heading toward the ceiling when Mr. Astor is coming up the stairs, and again after the first funnel crushes and kills Fabrizio.
While the whistle Rose steals from the dead officer is metal, cold, and wet, the man had only just died which would presumably leave him warm enough to prevent the whistle from freezing. And once Rose starts blowing it, what's left of her body heat would warm it in fairly short time (unlike, say, a fencepost, which takes too long to warm). Therefore, it's reasonable that it wouldn't have frozen to her mouth either.
When Rose is floating on the wooden plank singing to herself, there is a shot of the stars in the sky. The stars on the left hand side of the screen are arranged symmetrically, revealing the sky is artificial and the image has been mirrored.