“Titanic” is a historical true story movie mixed with fiction. It is considered one of the most epic films of all time. The love story came to the big screen in 1997 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The movie is based on the 1985 expedition and discovery of the Titanic by Robert Ballard. It was directed by James Cameron, according to Variety.
Fact or Fiction-Real or Not
The story is a fictionalized account based on actual events of the RMS Titanic tragedy.
The footage that is shown in the movie is actually the real Titanic.
The love story between Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater was not real.
The famous picture-drawing of a nude Rose was drawn by the director, James Cameron.
Some people really did decide to stay on board and await their death. In the movie there is an old couple sitting in chairs waiting for the ship to sink. This really happened.
The band really did play music until the very end. They went down with the ship too.
The heart of the ocean necklace is based on the hope diamond.
There were many beautiful artifacts found at the ocean’s bottom.
List of real people
Captain Smith: was a real person. People actually witnessed him go back inside the ship to the bridge when it was sinking. That part in the movie is true.
Molly Brown: was a real person named Margaret Molly Brown. Her friends and family called her Maggie. Most people loved her. They said that she always had a helpful way about her. After her death, she became known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. She died in 1932 during the Great Depression.
John Jacob Astor: was really on the ship. He had a young wife named Madeleine. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.
Bruce Ismay: had a very difficult life after the Titanic tragedy. He was blamed for his part in the ship’s sinking. People were outraged that he had survived. He became somewhat of a recluse afterward. He died of cerebral thrombosis in 1937.
Officer Murdoch: witnesses claim that they actually saw him put a pistol to his head and take his own life. This has not been proven as fact. As far as anyone knows he did NOT accept bribes.
Harold Lowe: did pull people from the water. He died of hypertension in 1944 at age 61.
Hitchens: in the movie he was the man who told Molly Brown to “shut that hole in your face.” In reality, it was a person in boat number 8 who stated those words to another person. Hitchens and Molly Brown were in lifeboat number 6. He died in 1940.
Here is an extra fact, that was not included in the movie. On the Titanic there was actually an interracial family aboard. A Black man and his wife, who was white. Their love story was a beautiful one by all accounts. After he placed his family safely in a lifeboat. He went down with the ship. His wife and children survived.
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