Titanic (1997 film)

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Titanic is a 1997 film released by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and is about Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, two fictional young lovers aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage in 1912. It won eleven Academy Awards, including best picture for 1997.

Written and directed by James Cameron.
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Jack Dawson[edit]

I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.
  • I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.

Old Rose[edit]

It was the ship of dreams to everyone else. To me, it was a slave ship taking me back to America in chains.
  • [looks at a salvaged mirror] This was mine. How extraordinary! And it looks the same as it did the last time I saw it. [turns mirror over to find it is cracked] The reflection has changed a bit.
  • It was the ship of dreams to everyone else. To me, it was a slave ship taking me back to America in chains. Outwardly, I was everything a well-brought up girl should be. Inside, I was screaming.
  • I saw my whole life as if I already lived it. An endless parade of parties and cotillions, yachts and polo matches. Always the same narrow people, the same mindless chatter. I felt like I was standing at a great precipice, with no one to pull me back, no one who cared or even noticed.
  • Fifteen hundred people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the water, myself included. Six... out of 1,500. Afterward, the 700 people in the boats had nothing to do but wait. Wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution that would never come.
  • [About Cal] That's the last time I ever saw him. He married, of course, and inherited his millions, but the Crash of '29 hit his interests hard, and he put a pistol in his mouth that year...or so I read.

Others[edit]

I'm sorry I couldn't build you a better ship, Rose.
  • Benjamin Guggenheim: [after being offered a lifebelt] No, thank you. We are dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down as gentlemen. But we would like a brandy.
  • Hartley: Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight.
  • Andrews: I'm sorry I couldn't build you a better ship, Rose.

Dialogue[edit]

God Himself could not sink this ship.
You must promise me that you'll survive, that you won't give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless.
A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me in every way that a person can be saved.
Lovett: Louis XVI wore a fabulous stone that was called the Blue Diamond of the Crown, which disappeared in 1792, about the same time old Louis lost everything from the neck up. The theory goes that the crown diamond was chopped too... recut into a heart-like shape that became known as the Heart of the Ocean. Today it would be worth more than the Hope Diamond.
Old Rose: It was a dreadful, heavy thing. I only wore it this once.
Lizzy: [looking at Rose's drawing] You actually believe this is you, Nana?
Old Rose: It is me, dear. Wasn't I a dish?
Lovett: I tracked it down through insurance records. An old claim that was settled under terms of absolute secrecy. Can you tell me who the claimant was, Rose?
Old Rose: I should imagine someone named Hockley.
Lovett: Nathan Hockley, that's right. Pittsburgh steel tycoon. The claim was for a diamond necklace his son, Caledon, bought his fiancée. You. A week before he sailed on Titanic. It was filed right after the sinking, so the diamond had to have gone down with the ship. See the date?
Lizzy: "April 14, 1912".
Bodine: Which means, if your grandmother is who she says she is, she was wearing the diamond the day the Titanic sank.
Lovett: [to old Rose] And that makes you my new best friend.

Hockley: [to Rose] Where are you going?! Back to him?! To be a whore married to a gutter rat?!
Rose: I'd rather be his whore than your wife.

Old Rose: It's been 84 years...
Lovett: It's okay. Just try to remember anything. Anything at all.
Old Rose: Do you want to hear this or not, Mr. Lovett? It's been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was.

Rose: I don't see what all the fuss is about. It doesn't look any bigger than the Mauretania.
Hockley: You can be blasé about some things, Rose, but not about Titanic. It's over a hundred feet longer than the Mauritania and far more luxurious. Your daughter is far too difficult to impress, Ruth.
Ruth: So this is the ship they say is unsinkable.
Hockley: It is unsinkable. God Himself could not sink this ship.

Molly: Hey, uh, who thought of the name Titanic? Was it you, Bruce?
Bruce: Yes, actually. I want 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.
[Molly and Thomas Andrews chuckle]
Ruth: [whispering] What's gotten into you?
Rose: Excuse me. [rises and leaves]
Ruth: I do apologize.
Molly: She's a pistol, Cal. Hope you can handle her.
Hockley: Well, I may have to start minding what she reads from now on, won't I, Mrs. Brown?
Bruce: Freud? Who is he? Is he a passenger?

Rose: Look, I know what you must be thinking. "Poor little rich girl, what does she know about misery?"
Jack: No! No, that's not what I was thinking. What I was thinking was, "What could've happened to this girl to make her think she had no way out?"
Rose: It was everything. It was my whole world and all the people in it, and the inertia of my life. Plunging ahead and me powerless to stop it. [shows Jack her engagement ring]
Jack: God, look at that thing! You would've gone straight to the bottom.

Bruce: So you've not yet lit the last four boilers?
Captain Smith: No, I don't see the need. We are making excellent time.
Bruce: The press knows the size of Titanic. Now I want them to marvel at her speed, too. We must give them something new to print. This maiden voyage of Titanic must make headlines!

Ruth: Tell us about the accommodations in steerage, Mr. Dawson. I hear they are quite good on this ship.
Jack: The best I've seen, ma'am. Hardly any rats.

Jack: Is it a sapphire?
Rose: A diamond. A very rare diamond. Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls. Wearing this.
Jack: All right.
Rose: Wearing only this.

[while the ship is sinking, Jack and Rose break out of a room, damaging the door]
Steward: What do you think you're doing?! You'll have to pay for that, you know. That's White Star Line property!
Jack and Rose: SHUT UP!!

[Rose is on top of a door in the water and Jack is hanging off the side, shivering]
Rose: It's getting quiet.
Jack: It's gonna take a couple of minutes to get the boats organized. I don't know about you, but I intend to go write a strongly worded letter to the White Star Line about all this.
Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don't you do that. Don't you say your good-byes. Not yet, do you understand me?
Rose: I'm so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on, and you're gonna make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna die an old... an old woman warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can't feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me... it brought me to you. And I'm thankful for that, Rose. I'm thankful. You must do me this honor. You must promise me that you'll survive, that you won't give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go.

[As the Carpathia arrives in New York, Rose stands in the rain, staring at the Statue of Liberty.]
Carpathia Steward: Can I take your name, please, love?
Rose: Dawson. Rose Dawson.
Steward: Thank you.
[The scene returns to the present day.]
Old Rose: Can you exchange one life for another? A caterpillar turns into a butterfly. If a mindless insect can do it, why couldn't I? Was it any more unimaginable than the sinking of the Titanic?
Bodine: We never found anything on Jack. There's no record of him at all.
Old Rose: No, there wouldn't be, would there? And I've never spoken of him until now. Not to anyone. (to Lizzy) Not even your grandfather. A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me in every way that a person can be saved. I don't even have a picture of him. He exists now only in my memory.

Taglines[edit]

  • Collide with Destiny.
  • Nothing on Earth could come between them.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Leonardo DiCaprio Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet Rose DeWitt Bukater
Billy Zane Caledon Hockley
Frances Fisher Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Kathy Bates Margaret "Molly" Brown
Gloria Stuart Old Rose (Rose Dawson Calvert)
Bernard Hill Captain Edward J. Smith
Jonathan Hyde J. Bruce Ismay
Victor Garber Thomas Andrews
David Warner Spicer Lovejoy
Danny Nucci Fabrizio De Rossi
Suzy Amis Lizzy Calvert
Bernard Fox Colonel Archbald Gracie
Bill Paxton Brock Lovett
Eric Braeden Colonel John Jacob Astor IV
Ewan Stewart First Officer William Murdoch
Ioan Gruffudd Fifth Officer Harold Lowe

See also[edit]

  • A Night to Remember, a 1958 film retelling of the Titanic tragedy.
  • Titanic: A New Musical, a 1997 musical telling of the Titanic's maiden voyage, but being more focused on the crew, passengers, and E.J. Smith, J. Bruce Ismay, and Thomas Andrews (it is a complete far cry from the film, which released the same year as the musical).

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