16 Facts the Movie Titanic Got Completely Wrong

16 Facts the Movie Titanic Got Completely Wrong
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Everybody loves a good love story and the makers of the movie Titanic are no exception. Characters Rose and Jack are perhaps one of the greatest iconic love stories ever, but did you know they never existed? Check out these facts the movie got wrong:

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1.  Rose Calvert and Jack Dawson were not real people. Neither was Rose’s mom or her fiancé Cal.

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2. The diamond known as “The Heart of the Ocean” was not on the Titanic. A diamond by the name once belonged to King Louis XVI but it has never been found.

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3. Jack told Rose he used to fish in Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This man-made lake was not filled with water until 1918, roughly six years AFTER the Titanic sank.

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4. When Jack is drawing, he is using charcoal which didn’t exist in 1912.

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5. The tense scene where Rose and Jack are trapped below deck by the locked gate has a tiny little error – once Jack and the other passengers pull up the bolted bench, a close up of the shattered wood shows that it is pressed fiber board. Pressed fiber board wasn’t even invented until decades later.

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6. Rose quotes psychiatrist Sigmund Freud’s views on size and males’ preoccupation with size. In fact Freud didn’t publish those views until 1920.

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7. In one scene Rose and Jack are chased through the ship’s boiler room. When they finally emerge, Rose’s light colored dress and shoes are pristine. The problem here is that the Titanic used coal and soot would have been everywhere. There is no way that Rose would have not been covered with soot.

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8. The pipe that Jack was handcuffed to included a modern welded pipe joint instead of a bolted flange joint which would have been common on the ship and during that time period.

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9. In one scene Jack is showing off his sketchbook. One of the drawings is a man’s hands around a girl’s waist. The drawing is a copy of a photograph created by photographer Sally Mann. The photograph, which was taken in 1989, couldn’t have been the subject of Jack’s work. Actually, James Cameron used the picture without the photographer’s permission. The case was settled out of court.

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10. Cal Hockley (Rose’s fiance) shoves some $20 bills into the First Officer’s pocket. These notes were US Federal Reserve Notes which didn’t go into circulation until 1914, two years after the Titanic sank.

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11. Cal and Rose arrive in a car with license plates with a RB designation. The problem is that the RB designation wasn’t used until 1929.

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12. In the movie, American tugboats can be seen when the ship is departing Southampton. Clearly English tugboats would have used in actuality.

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13. Real-life “Molly” Brown never used that name during her lifetime. It was only after her death did Margaret Brown become known as the “unsinkable Molly Brown”.

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14. The American version of “Nearer My God to Thee” rather than the English version is played by the string quartet.

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15. James Cameron deliberately filmed the search scene with an error – the lifeboat crew is using lanterns to look for survivors. Although Cameron knew that the Titanic crew didn’t actually have lanterns, he had to use them to properly light the shot.

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16. In 1912, proper ladies didn’t wear makeup, only prostitutes did. However, throughout much of the movie, all of the female characters are wearing flawless makeup.

There are hundreds of factual mistakes, deliberate or otherwise, with this movie. One possible explanation is that the director wanted to make a movie that people would actually watch. Some creative adjustments had to be made to get an entertaining picture. Others could be oversights or slip-ups. Whatever the situation, the real ship Titanic remains as intriguing today as it was in 1912.

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