In 1912, a famous ship sank sadly into the cold, dark ocean. In the 90s, an acclaimed director would recreate this moment, and it became part of Hollywood history. The classic film Titanic is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. It broke every record there was to break. Critics and fans praised the cast, directing and writing. The classic film depicted the real-life sinking of the SMS Titanic.
Of course, the film didn't stay true to history. Indeed, there were more than a few things wrong with it. For the most part, fans of the film didn't care about the mistakes and errors. Now, fans are starting to notice a lot more errors in the movie. Fans no longer ignore these mistakes. Here are 20 Things Wrong With Titanic That Fans Choose To Ignore (Until Now).
20 Flashlights Didn’t Exist Yet
James Cameron didn't care about being historically accurate. It was far more essential to get each shot right. In one scene, guards in lifeboats use flashlights to find survivors, but there's just one problem. Those types of flashlights didn't exist in 1912. Cameron required the flashlights to provide lighting for the scene.
19 J. Bruce Ismay Didn’t Sneak Onto A Lifeboat
There's an old saying of women and children first. Of course, the chairman of White Star Line J. Bruce Ismay doesn't follow that rule. In the movie, Ismay sneaks onto one of the lifeboats with the women and children. He comes across as a villain and coward in the film. In reality, Ismay helped the passengers and took a spot on the final lifeboat. Regardless, he's been portrayed as a villain since.
18 Jack’s Modern-Day Handcuffs
At one point, Jack ends up handcuffed to a pipe below deck. The ship then hits the iceberg with Jack still handcuffed. It's one of the most famous scenes in the movie. There's one minor detail that's not correct. Jack's handcuffs are modern-day, which didn't exist at the time. The film required those handcuffs for dramatic purposes. The cuffs of the time didn't fit the scene.
17 Passengers Wouldn’t Be Able To Survive For That Long In The Water
In the end, Jack struggles to survive in the cold water. The hypothermia sets in, and the passengers slowly freeze. It turns out that the passengers would have felt the hypothermia much sooner. Indeed, it would have set in on the ship when they were attempting to board the lifeboats. Many would have passed even before they got in the water.
16 Rose Quoted A Theory That Wasn’t Published Yet
Rose struggles with her engagement and place in the world. She's more than just some homemaker. Indeed, she wants more for her life. She's got dreams and goals, too. Of course, nobody cares what Rose wanted in 1912. Regardless, she uses her book smarts to put J. Bruce Ismay to shame.
She quotes Dr. Freud from a famous study. The only problem is the study had yet to be published.
15 The Ship Sinking Wasn’t As Dramatic In Real Life
In the movie, the ship splits in half and pauses in the air before it sinks. It's the most dramatic moment in Titanic. Indeed, it's an iconic Hollywood moment. However, that's not how it occurred in real-life. The ship did split in half, but it wasn't as dramatic. It didn't stand tall as it did in the movie. It merely split in half and sank.
14 The Ocean Water Was Way Too Clear
At one point in the film, Jack and Rose end up below deck with no way out. The ice-cold water rushes into the ship. Jack and Rose search for a key in the water to unlock a gate. Luckily, the water is crystal clear. Of course, the water wasn't blue or clear. Indeed, it would have been difficult to find any debris in the water. The water would likely make it tough to find the keys.
13 The Band’s Last Song Isn't Accurate
As the ship sinks, the band plays one last song. Instead of trying to get to safety or help passengers, they play on final tune. They play "Nearer God To Me," but that might not be accurate. According to one survivor, they heard the song playing very early during the incident. That means they likely played a different song as the ship sank.
12 Third Class Passengers Couldn’t Be in First Class
Jack and Rose's love story is the heart of the film. The doomed lovers have no idea what's ahead of them. They spend the time in a romantic daze, but they belong to two different classes. The first-class passengers on board never interacted with the third-class passengers below deck. Regardless, Jack and Rose spend one night in first class and one in third class.
There's just one minor problem. Third class passengers were never allowed in first class. Jack would have quickly been caught and thrown overboard.
11 Cal's Money Is From A Different Time
Cal enjoys flaunting his wealth. He's the rich guy with the beautiful face. He's got every right to show off. Of course, if he's going to show off, he should at least get the right money. At one point, he stuffs $20 bills in a guard's jacket. The currency wasn't available at the time. Indeed, it came out two years after the Titanic sank.
10 There Was No Big Sendoff
In the film, the Titanic setting off is a grand event. People crowd the dock while smaller ships give the Titanic a giant send-off. It turns out this never happened. Indeed, there were no ships nearby at the time it left the dock. It would have been dangerous for the other boats as the waves would destroy them.
9 SS Californian Was Near By And Ignored The Distress Calls - This Was Not Included In Movie
In real-life, the Titanic set off several distress signals to nearby ships. The SS California was not far and noticed the signals. However, the crew aboard ignored the calls for help. This turned into a reasonably large scandal. The movie decided to leave that part out. They didn't include the incident or make any mention of nearby ships.
8 Rose And Jack Escaped The Ship Too Easily
Jack and Rose make a daring escape as the Titanic sinks. They face a few obstacles but manage to overcome them all. Many fans point out that Jack and Rose escape too quickly from the Titanic. In reality, dealing with the water and a sinking ship is far more complicated. Instead, Jack and Rose walk out the front door.
7 The "I’m Flying" Scene Would Have Been A Lot Colder
At one point, Jack and Rose famously stand at the front of the ship. Rose utters the now-famous line, "I'm flying." It's a memorable moment, but there's just one problem. It would have been far too cold for them to stand up there. Indeed, they'd freeze before the Titanic ever hit the iceberg in the first place.
6 Rose Wouldn’t Have Survived
Rose proves to be very brave and fearless. She saves Jack, and they make a daring escape all the while looking great. Of course, Rose would probably not survive the escape. She spent hours in the ice-cold water in a dress. The dress did very little to protect her, and she'd probably pass out before making it out.
5 No Discrimination With The Lifeboats
In a heartbreaking moment, the third class passengers are locked below deck. Later, they must allow the first-class passengers to board the lifeboats first. In reality, there was no lifeboat discrimination. Also, no locked gates were keeping the third class passengers below deck. They all had the same chance to survive.
4 Jack And Rose's Love Story Is Fictional
The sinking of the Titanic is the climax of the film, but it's all about Jack and Rose. Their incredible love story takes center stage. The tragic end left audience members in tears. Of course, their love story is entirely made up. Indeed, there never was a Jack. The story was a fake, but the sinking was all too real.
3 William Murdoch Was A Hero Not A Villain
Cal Hockley and the iceberg aren't the only villains in the movie. William Murdoch is as a ruthless villain. He's a thorn in Jack's side and creates a horrible situation. In real-life, Murdoch was a hero that saved many lives, including third-class passengers. Indeed, his family members were not pleased with his portrayal in the film.
2 Margaret Brown’s Nickname Didn’t Exist Yet
There are a few real-life characters mixed in with the fictional ones. The Unsinkable Molly Brown sticks out in the movie. Her quick wit left audiences laughing. She might be real, but there's still one minor problem. She didn't have the nickname Molly yet.
She went by Margaret Brown at the time. Nobody would have called her Molly on the Titanic. She didn't get that nickname until after her passing.
1 No One Claimed The Ship Was Unsinkable
Titanic's myth continues to grow over the years. The movie pushes the idea that everyone at the time declared it unsinkable. Of course, nobody ever made that claim. The concept of the ship being unsinkable came after the sinking in 1912. The myth became a fact and now a legend.