20 Years Of Titanic : 20 Facts You Dont Know About The Iconic Movie


Its been 20 years since Titanic was released, guys. If you suddenly start feeling old, then you should. Most of us millennials were too young when the movie came out and wasn’t able to appreciate the movie for being one of the true cultural icons of its time or any other time, for that matter.

Titanic was released on 18th November 1997 and it went on to become a true cultural milestone. Twitter and Facebook were not there that time but Titanic still managed to enter the living rooms of our household and made Leo and Kate superstars. So to commemorate the movie on its 20th anniversary of Titanic, here are 20 interesting facts about the movie you probably don’t know:

  1. Costliest movie at the time

    : Titanic ShipAt the time of its release, Titanic was the costliest movie of all time. This was primarily due to the huge set which was built in order to show the real Titanic and the shoots which went on for months after its scheduled deadline. Its budget ultimately ballooned to $200 million which is still huge in today’s terms.

  2. The movie with most Oscars nominations

    : James_Cameron_At_OscarsTitanic shares the record for the movie with the most Oscar nominations with All About Eve. It went on to win 11 Academy Awards held in 1998. It was the second film to do so after Ben-Hur, which will be matched by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King later in 2004.

  3. There Was Almost a Different Jack and Rose

    : Leanoardo_Kate_Winslet_TItanicLeonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet were not the original choices for the film. In fact, they were right at the bottom of the list. Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew McConaughey were the studio’s first choice for the part of Rose and Jack but Cameron was adamant on casting Kate & Leo for the part.

  4. Jack could’ve survived

    : Titanic-Cameron_Leonardo_KateThis theory has been around for years that Jack could’ve survived in the end and both Jack and Rose would’ve fit easily on the door to survive through the night. Recently, Cameron himself admitted on Mythbusters that there was enough room on the door that Jack and Rose could’ve easily survived.

  5. Titanic’s real wreck in the beginning

    : Titanic_WreckThe wreck of the ship shown in the opening scene of the movie which divers find was the actual wreck which James Cameron filmed 2 years prior to the main shoot of the movie to convince studio how great the movie will look with it being the opening sequence.

  6. The nude portrait scene was DiCaprio and Winslet’s first scene together

    : Kate-winslet_nude_portrait_scene_TitanicCan you imagine starting your first day on the new job and you have to be naked in front of your colleague. The nude scene where Jack paints Rose’s naked picture for his sketchbook was the very first scene Kate & Leo shot together. When Kate learned about this, to break the ice between the two, she flashed herself in front of Leo. Wow!

  7. It was a crazy production

    : Kate_Leo_Cameron_TitanicTitanic’s production was tumultuous. From ballooning budget to James Cameron’s demanding direction, the whole production was said to be one of the most difficult productions ever. Studio and Cameron himself were convinced that the movie will surely lose the money.

  8. James Cameron was a bully on the set


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    James Cameron was a bully on the set, in fact, he was so demanding that Kate Winslet decided to never work with him…ever again. In some of the scenes, when he was not happy, he asked to re-shoot the scene and the set had to be rebuilt entirely in some cases. Like the scene shown above, he asked for triple the amount of water because he wasn’t happy with the original 4000 gallons of water, so the crew had to rebuild the set.

  9. An angry crew member poisoned Cameron and the crew

    : James Cameron was such a bully that one of the angry crew members mixed PCP in the dinner of cast and crew at the end of the shoot. Reportedly, 80 people fell ill 50 more were hospitalized. James Cameron was able to spill the food before getting infected. To this day, nobody knows who the culprit was.

  10. James Cameron didn’t make his next movie for next 12 years

    : James_Cameron_On_Titanic_SetHis next movie was Avatar, which was so ahead of its time that the technology needed to make such a movie was not available at the time. So Cameron spent his next 5-10 years researching and developing the technology. Avatar will eventually surpass Titanic as the highest grossing movie of all time domestically as well as internationally until Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassed it domestically. Internationally it’s still the highest grossing movie. 20 years later, Titanic is still, 3rd in terms of Domestic receipts and 2nd in International grosses.

  11. Titanic Makes Men Cry

    :Sad Woody Harrelson GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

    Titanic became famous(or infamous) for being the movie which makes men cry. Usually, movies like Titanic, which are basically romantic dramas are not known for making men’s cry. They are considered more prone towards movies like Saving Private Ryan, but Titanic became an exception. In fact, In the movie, Zombieland Woody Harrelson’s character says “I haven’t cried like this since Titanic”.

  12. James Cameron never wanted any songs in the movie

    : Celine_Dion_Titanic_CoverJames Cameron was adamant that the songs in the movie should be just plain music with no lyrics, but composer James Horner secretly recorded the song “My Heart Will Go On” and showed the demo tape to Cameron. Cameron liked the song included it in the closing credits, which became as iconic as the movie itself.

  13. The soundtrack became really popular

    : Titanic’s soundtrack became really popular after its release and the track “My Heart Will Go On” is still popular today. Titanic went on to win the 1997 Oscars for Best Original Song, as well as three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Song for a Motion Picture. The film’s soundtrack became a worldwide success, spending sixteen weeks at number-one in the United States and sold over eleven million copies sold in the United States alone and became the best-selling album of 1998 in the U.S.

  14. Titanic is the first movie with two acting nominations for the same role

    kate-winslet-gloria-stuart-titanicKate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated for their respective portrayals of Rose in Titanic. Sadly none of them won in their respective categories.

  15. There was a real J.Dawson on real Titanic

    James Cameron probably didn’t know about this(or maybe he did) but there was a real J.Dawson on the ill-fated real-life Titanic. Cameron came to know about this only after the completion of the shoot(or maybe he knew it all along).

  16. Titanic is the only film to come out on video and still being in theaters

    : Titanic is the only movie in the history which was still in theaters when it came out on VHS almost after 10 months of its release. It was in theaters for a total of 41 weeks and 1o months.

  17. James Cameron drew the nude portrait

    : Titanic_Nude_Portrait_Not_LeoThe drawings on Jack’s sketchbook were in fact made by James Cameron himself. In fact, the hands seen in the portrait scene are of Cameron and not Leo’s.

  18. The elderly couple hugging each other in bed as the water starts flooding in the room is based on a real couple

    : Ida & Isidor Straus, owners of Macy’s department store in New York, died aboard the Titanic. Ida even had a chance to leave the ship but she refused the seat to be with her husband. Wow!

  19. The ocean in which people were jumping at the end was just 3 Feet Deep

    : The ocean seen in the end in which ship’s crew and passengers were seen jumping in was just 3 feet deep,

  20. Gloria Stuart was the oldest nominee

    : She still is the oldest person nominated for an Oscar. She was also the only person from the crew who was alive when the original Titanic sank in 1912.

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