Jonathan Hyde: Bruce Ismay
Ismay : [Andrews enters room with crew behind him; he lays out architectural drawings on table, with Ismay behind him] Most unfortunate, captain!
Thomas Andrews : [perspiring and trembling] Water... fourteen feet above the keel in ten minutes. In the forepeak, in all three holds and in the boiler room six.
Ismay : When can we get underway, damnit!
Thomas Andrews : That's five compartments! She can stay afloat with the first four compartments breached, but not five!
[tersely to Smith]
Thomas Andrews : Not five. As she goes down by the head, the water will spill over the tops of the bulkheads at E deck from one to the next. Back and back. There's no stopping it.
Smith : The pumps... if we opened the doors...
Thomas Andrews : [interrupting] The pumps buy you time, but minutes only. From this moment, no matter what we do, Titanic will founder.
Ismay : [incredulously] But this ship can't sink!
Thomas Andrews : She's made of iron, sir! I assure you, she can... and she will. It is a mathematical certainty.
Smith : How much time?
Thomas Andrews : An hour... two at most.
Smith : And how many aboard, Mr. Murdoch?
1st Officer William Murdoch : 2,200 souls on board, sir.
Smith : [turning to Ismay] Well, I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.
Molly Brown : [to the group who are dining at the same table] Hey, uh, who thought of the name Titanic? Was it you, Bruce?
Ismay : Yes, actually. I wanted to convey sheer size, and size means stability, luxury, and above all, strength.
Rose : Do you know of Dr. Freud, Mr. Ismay? His ideas about the male preoccupation with size might be of particular interest to you.
Ruth : [whispering] What's gotten into you?
Rose : Excuse me.
[She rises and leaves]
Ruth : I do apologize.
Molly Brown : She's a pistol, Cal! Hope you can handle her.
Cal Hockley : Well, I may have to start minding what she reads from now on, won't I, Mrs. Brown?
Ismay : Freud? Who is he? Is he a passenger?
Ismay : So you've not yet lit the last four boilers?
Smith : No, I don't see the need. We are making excellent time.
Ismay : The press knows the size of Titanic. Now I want them to marvel at her speed. We must give them something new to print! This maiden voyage of Titanic must make headlines!
Smith : Mr. Ismay, I would prefer not to push the engines until they've been properly run in.
Ismay : Of course, I'm just a passenger. I leave it to your good offices to decide what's best. But what a glorious end to your final crossing if we were to get to New York on Tuesday night and surprise them all! Make the morning papers. Retire with a bang, eh E.J.?
Ismay : [Smith nods reluctantly] Good man.