PG-13 | | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Production of the film began in 1995 when James Cameron shot footage of the real wreck of the Titanic. He was able to persuade 20th Century Fox to invest $4 million in the film's marketing upfront, by convincing them that the publicity surrounding a real-life dive to the wreck would be really beneficial to the production; the alternative was shooting models of the ship, which could have been cheaper, but would not nearly generate as much publicity. Studio executive Peter Chernin greenlit the project purely on Cameron's established reputation and sales pitch, as there was no completed script at that time, only a rough story outline; according to insiders, this decision raised more than a few eyebrows at Fox.
Thirteen meters; you should see it.
Brock Lovett: OK; take her up and over the bow rail.
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.
Although a co-production between Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, either one of the logos appears at the beginning: Paramount in the US version and Fox in the international version. Yet ironically, Paramount is mentioned first in the international credits while Fox is mentioned first in the US credits.
The 70mm print shown at the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square (London, UK) is rumored to have included a scene of two mariners looking on at the Titanic launching distress flares. They dismiss them/misunderstand by concluding that they are celebratory fireworks. This is not in several 35mm prints.
English, Swedish, Italian, French
$28,638,131 21 December 1997
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