j6p, February 22, 2003
Posted February 22, 2003
Here are some mistakes from the film Titanic:
-The crew and cameras reflected in Rose's TV.
-Jack claims to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota, which wasn't created until five years after the Titanic sank.
-The draft markings on the Titanic's bow, when Jack looks at the dolphins, later changes size and position.
-When Captin Smith orders, "Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch--let's strech her legs", they are standing to the right of the wheelhouse looking forward with the sun coming from their left. When Murdoch walks into the wheelhouse to carry out the order, the sun is behind him.
-A strip of desert is visible between the dock and the Titanic when docked at Southampton.
-Jack won his ticket by beating 2 pair with a full house. However, when we first see Jack's hand, he has nothing that could be made into a full house, and he only draws one card.
-The painting over the fireplace in the Titanic's first class smoking lounge, in the film, depicts New York Harbor, which was actually the painting on the Titanic's sister ship, "Olympic". The painter, Norman Wilkinson, had provided a scene of Plymouth Harbor for Titanic, but no pictures of this work survive.
-Jack claims to have visited the Santa Monica Pier, which did not begin construction until 1916.
-The pipe frames supporting the third class berths have set-screw speed rail fittings, not developed until 1946.
-In the scene where Jack is teaching Rose to spit, there is no spit on his chin as he starts to turn around to face the ladies, but by the time he has completed his turn he has some on his chin.
-Margaret Brown was never refered to as "Molly" until after her death.
-More crew and equipment is reflected in the glass door opened for Jack as he enters the dining room.
-Jack takes Rose and Molly's arms to go into dinner. They start walking, but in the next shot, they are still standing apart.
-While Jack and Rose are walking on the promenade the day after he rescues her, a small hill with a building on it is visible over Jack's shoulder and above the ship.
-Cal orders lamb with a mint sauce for himself and Rose. Lamb was only available for dinner on the ship, while mutton was reserved for lunch. The lamb was prepared in the D-Deck galley and would not have been served in the Palm Court.
-The main characters have lunch in the Palm Court on A Deck. These were not used for dining, although passengers could order tea or a small snack.
-The worship services held at 10:30 on Sunday April 14th, 1912, in the First Class Dining Room, were open to all passengers of the ship.
-"Eternal Father Strong to Save" is sung during the worship service. The verse that begins, "Lord, gaurd and guide the men who fly, through great spaces in the sky" was written by Mary C. D. Hamilton in 1915.
-During the scene where Rose "flies" from the ships bow, the sunlight is clearly falling, almost exactly straight across the ship from left to right. On the evening of the 14th, the ship would be steaming somewhere between WSW and SW; the lighting in the movie would indicate that the sun is between SSE and SE, when it actually would have been between W and WNW.
-The hands sketching Rose are clearly too old to belong to Jack. (They actually belong to the director, James Cameron.)
-After the first few lines of the sketch are drawn, a blood blister appears below his thumbnail.
-Workers in the Titanic's engine room had to wear thick, protective clothing to shield them from the heat generated by the engines.
-The gauges in the engine room are fitted with sweating tubing fittings, a plumbing technique not available when the ship was constructed. The fittings should have been threaded brass.
-There was no door between boiler room 6 and the cargo area (and no access to anyone but authorized crew). If there had been a door, it would have entered the third cargo area, not the one where the Renault was stored.
-The "CQD" disaster message that the radio operator starts clicking out on the telegraph key is not intelligible Morse code.
-When Captin Smith enters the wheelhouse, the ships telegraph is set to "Full Reverse" instead of "All Stop".
-Jack is supposedly held prisoner in the Master-At-Arms office, which is depicted as having a porthole. On the Titanic, this room was an interior room and would have no portholes.
-The porthole in the room where Jack is held prisoner is shown to be several feet below water, yet in a shot from inside the room, the surface of the water is visible inches above the porthole.
-It is impossible for voices to echo in the middle of the North Atlantic unless there is a large, flat object, like a ship, nearby.
-The broken glass behind the axe.
-First Officer Murdoch did not shoot anyone, including himself.
Posted March 4, 2003
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