Titanic – 15 Movie Mistakes

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When the stern (back) of the Titanic is rising into the air, there is one shot where it appears bone dry. Easily hundreds of gallons of water would have been pouring off the still wet hull.

When Rose is trying to rescue Jack she spies a fire axe. Smashing all the glass out from the holder she grabs the axe and turns round. The next camera shot shows Rose standing in front of the case with almost all of its glass intact.

Rose mentions Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s ideas on the male preoccupation with size to Bruce. However this is 1912, and Freud did not publish the work relating to this until 1920 in “Beyond The Pleasure Principle.” Also, up until 1919, Freud relied solely on data from females.

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The pipe on the starboard side of the forward smokestack changes by the time the ship sinks. When Captain Smith tells Murdock to speed up the ship it bends at the top and creates a half circle. But when it is collapsing behind Cal, it has the shape of a “P.”

When Rose approaches the stern railing to climb over it casts a very clear moonlight shadow on the deck which is not there in all other shots of this scene.

At the beginning of the film, when Brock is being taped in the submersible, the sub is already underwater. Only seconds later, if you look out the circular window, it’s the reflective tops of the waves. Did they just rise up to the surface suddenly?

Right before dinner, Jack and Rose are talking to the Astors, and Molly comes up from behind them, asking Jack to escort her to dinner as well. In the next scene, when Cal calls back to Rose, Molly is still walking up to them.

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When the ship is sinking, there is a shot of Victor Garber leaning against the wall in deep contemplation. The camera angle is very tilted and a few things slide off the shelf in front of him. Look carefully on the DVD and you’ll see a wire coming out under his arm behind him pulling the china cup off the shelf.

During one side shot of the ship sinking at night, the bow has clearly begun to slide under. There are several lines hanging off the side of the boat. The lines are perpendicular to the boat, not the water, indicating that the model was filmed when level and tilted digitally.

Many scenes used computer graphics to show the length of the ship. Passengers were also added walking on deck. The shadows for the passengers don’t always match. Sometimes the angle of the sun distorts shadows. So the shadow of a woman’s hat appears much larger than the actual one she’s wearing, much like a person’s shadow at sunset can appear to be that of a giant.

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When Jack and Rose are talking on the deck. Rose is explaining to Jack why she considered jumping. She stated that she felt that she was screaming at the top of her lungs and no one was listening. He looks at her ring and states that she’d sink straight to the bottom…yadda, yadda, yadda. If you watch that scene, pay attention to Rose’s hair. One second, her hair in perfectly curled with bangs, then it is behind her ears. It alternates back and forth: bangs, no bangs, bangs, no bangs until she grabs his portfolio and they sit down on the chairs to look at his drawings.

In one of the sinking scenes, you can see the rectangular strobe lamps showing through the black fabric in the glass dome.

Look closely at the location of Rose’s beauty-mark the first time you see her at the dock. It is on the opposite side of her face during the rest of the movie.

When Rose is lying on the piece of board and she is trying to wake Jack by shaking his hands and such, there is some frozen stuff under Jacks nose. The scene cuts back to Rose and when we go back to Jack the ice isn’t there. Then the scene cuts back to Rose and the next time we see Jack he has it on his face again.

A small one & probably only noticed by dog trainers like me. When the dogs are being brought on board, they are on leather leashes made by J&J Dog Supplies, invented in the 1970s. It is the type of leash preferred by professional trainers, who probably supplied the dogs for the movie, and is distinguished by the “braid” near the snap, rather than by a sewn or riveted section. J&J’s website is: http://www.jandjdog.com. You can see the leashes there.

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