The 1997 American romance drama film Titanic is one of the best love/romantic stories of the Hollywood industry. Titanic premiered in 1997 and it has stood the test of time. It is still one of the most-watched and loved romance stories. Titanic (1997) stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as lead characters of the film, who belong to totally different social classes and fall in love onboard the RMS Titanic, which sinks in the middle of the ocean.
The renowned Hollywood director James Cameron wrote, directed, and co-produced Titanic (1997). The Titanic premiered in Tokyo in November 1997, and in the United States in December 1997. Upon its release, it scored magnificent reviews from the critics and was a huge box office success. Titanic (1997) received 208 awards nominations from different award shows, of which it won 125 awards. The film was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards (most Academy Award nominations for a film), of which it won eleven awards, which is the most Academy Awards wins for a film, a record which Titanic holds along with Ben-Hur (1959), and The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King (2003). With its budget of $200 million, Titanic grossed over $2.195 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of all time. Titanic (1997) holds an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.8/10 ratings on IMDb, and 75% ratings on Metacritic.
The plot of Titanic (1997)
Rose DeWitt Bukater, a 100-years old woman, tells her own story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, and her friends Brock Lovett, Bobby Buell, Lewis Bodine, and Anatoly Milkailavich. She tells them the story of her life 84 years ago in April 1912, on a ship named Titanic.
The young Rose Bukater boards the ship with her mother, Ruth Dewitt, and some upper-class passengers including her abusive fiance Caledon Hockley. On the other hand, an artist and a drifter Jack Dawson and his friend Fabrizio De Rossi, who belong to a lower-class, win the third-class tickets to board the ship in a game. Rose is so fed up with her engagement with Caledon, that she tries to commit suicide on the ship, but Jack saves her. They become friends and eventually fall in love in no time, which is unacceptable for Rose’s mother and fiance, the upper-class people who look down on Jack. In the middle of the ocean ill-fated ship, Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks and takes most of the passengers on board. Jack does everything he can to save Rose which costs him his life. And luckily Rose survives to tell the story.
Trailer of Titanic (1997)
Titanic (Awards and Nominations)
- Titanic (1997) was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards which is the most nominations by a motion picture, it is a record Titanic holds along with Ben Hur (1959) and La La Land (2016). Titanic (1997) won the Academy Awards in eleven categories which are also the most wins by a film. It shares this record with Ben-Hur (1959), and The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King (2003). Titanic received the academy awards in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Effects-Visual Effects, Best Music-Original song, Best Effects-Sound Effects Editing, and Best Music-Original Dramatic Score categories.
- Titanic (1997) was nominated for eight Golden Globe awards, of which it won in four categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Direction – Motion Picture for James Cameron, Best Original Score – Motion Picture for James Horner, and Best Original Song – Motion Picture for James Horner and Will Jennings.
- Titanic (1997) received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations of which it won in one category; Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Gloria Stuart.
- Titanic (1997) received 10 BAFTA award nominations.
Titanic received a total of 208 local and international award nominations of which it won 125 awards.
Production Company: Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment.
Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau
Director: James Cameron
Film Duration: 195 minutes
Release Date: November 1, 1997 (Tokyo), December 19, 1997 (United States)
Amazing Facts about Titanic (1997)
- The filmmaker had only one shot to shoot the scene where water comes crashing into the grand staircase room, because the whole set and furnishing were to be destroyed.
- When the lead actress Kate Winslet learned that she had to pose naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio, she tried to break the ice on their first meeting by flashing him.
- The exact duration of 1912 set in the film is 2 hours and 40 minutes, which is the exact time it took for Titanic to sink. And allegedly the contact of Titanic with the iceberg was 37 seconds, that is how long the collision scene in the movie is. Talk about perfection.
- The distribution company of Titanic Paramount had to send out new reels to the cinemas because their first copies were torn out due to a long theatrical run.
- In the scene where Jack is about to sketch Rose, Leonardo DiCaprio says “Over the bed…the couch.” The actual line in the script was “lie on the couch”, but DiCaprio made a mistake. James Cameron liked it so much that he kept it.
- Rumour has it that James Cameron gave names and background stories to all of them (around) 150 extras.
- James Cameron went to the location where the actual Titanic sunk and dove into the ocean to see it. When he came back on the surface, he started crying as he had just realized the magnitude of the tragedy. He then had 11 more dives to see the wreckage of the Titanic and ended up spending more time with the ship than its living passengers did.
- In the scene when Jack is sketching Rose, the hands shown on screen are not of Leonardo DiCaprio’s but are of James Cameron. And he had to mirror-image the scene in the post-production as he is left-handed whereas DiCaprio is right-handed.
- The composer James Horner secretly created a demo for the song “My Heart Will Go On” with the lyricist Will Jennings and singer Celine Dion as Cameron only wanted songs without words for the film. When they presented the song to Cameron, he loved it.
- The sinking scenes in the film were shot in a 350,000 gallon tank.
Titanic Song, ‘My Heart Will Go On’
Cast of Titanic (1997)
as Jack Dawson
as Rose DeWitt Bukater
as Ruth DeWitt Bukater
as Cal Hockley
as Rose Dawson Calvert
Suzy Amis as Lizzy Calvert
Bill Paxton as Brook Lovett