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25 Things You Didn't Know About The Movie "Titanic"

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2. If all of the present day scenes were deleted, leaving only the scenes that take place in 1912, the film would run 2 hours and 40 minutes, the exact time it took for the Titanic to sink.


3. Jack and Rose's spitting scene was almost entirely ad-libbed, as was the moment when Kate Winslet spat in Billy Zane’s face.

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Rather than spitting on Billy Zane's face, Kate Winslet’s character was supposed to stick him with a hairpin.

4. After writing the fictitious character of Jack Dawson, James Cameron learned that there was a real J. Dawson who died on the Titanic.

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Joseph Dawson, along with many other Titanic victims, was buried in a cemetery in Nova Scotia. His gravestone is apparently the most visited in the cemetery.

6. The elderly couple who lie in bed as water floods the room is a tribute to Ida and Isidor Strauss, the owners of the Macy’s department store, who died on the Titanic.

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Ida was offered a seat on a lifeboat but turned it down because she wanted to stay with her husband. She is quoted as saying: “As we have lived together, so we shall die together.”


10. The final dress Kate Winslet wears in the movie is made to look as good wet as it did when dry.

Also, costume designed Deborah Lynn Scott made 24 identical versions of the dress.

12. Composer James Horner said that the first cut he saw of the film was 36 hours long.

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(This is how I imagine James Horner looked after viewing 36 hours of footage.)


18. Gloria Stuart was the only person who worked on the production of the film who was actually alive during the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.

21. To make the bodies in the water appear frozen, a powder was applied to the actors’ faces, which then crystallized when exposed to water.

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Wax was also applied to everyone’s hair and clothes, which gave everything a glossy, frozen look.

24. Titanic was the first non-musical Best Picture winner to also win the Oscar for Best Original Song.


Going My Way (1944) and Gigi (1958) are the only other Best Picture winners to also win the award. Both are musicals.

Correction: Number one on this list has been updated, as Tom Cruise did not audition for the role of Jack Dawson. Instead, the studio merely wanted him to play the part.


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