8 Incredible details from 'Titanic' that will blow your mind
James Cameron's 1997 flick Titanic is one of the greatest films of all time. Of course, it has an incredible historical backstory (which is still super strange/tragic to think about), as well as some undeniably incredible filmmaking. The sets for the romantic drama were so accurate to the real ship, the visuals of its horrific sinking were like nothing else, and the casting couldn't have been better. It's no wonder Titanic was the number one movie in North American theatres for 15 consecutive weekends – a record no film has ever been able to beat.
What really sets it above the rest, perhaps, is Cameron's incredible attention to detail. From character backstories to carefully-placed props, here are eight incredible details about the film that you might've missed.
1. There's a point in the movie where Jack is telling Rose of all the amazing stuff they'll do once they arrive in America. He promises to take her to the Santa Monica Pier where they'll "ride on the rollercoaster til [they] throw up, then [...] ride horses on the beach, right in the surf." You might notice at the end of the film, when the camera pans across Rose's bedside table which is full of old photos, there's a picture of her riding a horse with the Santa Monica Pier in the back.
2. Jack and Fabrizio win the card game at the start of the film which contains the Titanic tickets, as well as a pocket knife. When the ship sinks, later on, Fabrizio can be seen cutting down a lifeboat using that same knife.
3. The car Rose and Jack famously get all hot and steamy in is a 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville. At the start of the movie, you can see it being lifted aboard the Titanic. In reality, there actually was one of these cars on board, and there were a few (failed) expeditions to try and recover it from the bottom of the Atlantic after it sank.
4. That controversial "door" that saves Rose - as Jack freezes and sinks - might actually be a replica of an actual wooden artefact recovered from the Titanic in real life.
5. At the end of the film when Rose meets Jack on the staircase, the clock behind him shows that it is 2:20. In real life, the Titanic sank at 2:20am.
6. There were exactly 37 seconds from when the iceberg was spotted to when it actually hit the ship, according to an investigation made in 1912. James Cameron made sure to count exactly 37 seconds between the spotting and the collision in the film too.
7. James Cameron used historical photographs from the Titanic to replicate near-identical scenes in his film. This one, for example, is of a boy playing with a spinning top on the ship's deck.
8. Many of the characters were modelled off real people who boarded the "unsinkable" ship. The couple who share a last embrace as their room floods are based on the co-owners of Macy's Department Store: Isidor and Ida Straus.
Time to watch Titanic again next weekend? I think so too.