Titanic

Titanic

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

     
 

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This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film inSee more details below

Overview

This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard's 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox's custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic's 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
A near-disaster itself during its troubled production period, director James Cameron's hugely ambitious pet project ultimately broke box-office records around the world and earned a passel of awards -- Academy and otherwise -- by year's end. By inserting a love story between a society bride-to-be (Kate Winslet) and a working-class adventurer (Leonardo DiCaprio) into the most famous sea disaster in history -- and a modern story line about salvaging a lost diamond from the bottom of the sea -- Cameron gives viewers an unabashedly old-fashioned melodrama. But Cameron and his seasoned cast handle it with the utmost sincerity and commitment. While the film made Winslet a star and DiCaprio a superstar, both actors ultimately had to take a bit of a backseat to the superbly re-created title vessel and the harrowing reenactment of its final moments. Still, the heart of the film's drama is a timeless and unexpectedly resonant love story -- one so universal and moving that it crossed all cultural boundaries to woo audiences around the globe.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Size of all sorts mattered for James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic, whose magnitude was in all ways unprecedented. Cameron and two studios spent $200 million on a 90% scale Titanic replica at a newly constructed Mexico studio; their efforts included duplicating furnishings from original Titanic designs, diving trips to shoot footage of the wreck with a specially designed underwater camera, and months of post-production on computer effects ranging from overhead "shots" of the Titanic at sea to characters' puffs of freezing breath. Delayed several months and beseiged by negative word-of-mouth, Titanic finally opened to rave reviews, especially for its bravura visuals. A few doubts were expressed over the Jack-Rose romance, but nothing could beat the spectacular recreation of the ship sinking or the powerful image of the floating corpse field. That love story, however, proved a potent draw, as Leonardo Di Caprio fans (many of them teenage girls) came back for repeat viewings, helping to power Titanic to a sojourn of more than 3 months at the top of the U.S. box office; the most expensive film ever made became a titanic moneymaker, grossing over $1.6 billion internationally. Cameron's coronation as blockbuster artist arrived when Titanic received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations (like 1950's All About Eve) and won a record-tying 11 (like 1959's Ben-Hur). Cameron's screenplay, however, was ignored.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
UPC:
0097361549156
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet Rose DeWitt Bukater
Billy Zane Cal Hockley
Kathy Bates Molly Brown
Frances Fisher Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Gloria Stuart Old Rose
Bill Paxton Brock Lovett
Bernard Hill Captain Smith
Jonathan Hyde Bruce Ismay
Victor Garber Thomas Andrews
David Warner Spicer Lovejoy
Danny Nucci Fabrizio
Suzy Amis Lizzy Calvert
Bernard Fox Col. Archibald Gracie
Jenette Goldstein Irish Mommy
Ewan Stewart First Officer Murdoch
Ioan Gruffudd Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
Craig Kelly Harold Bride, Junior Wireless Operator
Mark Lindsay Chapman Chief Officer Henry T. Wilde
Jonathan Phillips Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Eric Braeden John Jacob Astor

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff Altman Musical Arrangement
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Conrad Buff Editor
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Caleb Deschanel Camera Operator
Digital Domain Special Effects
Tina Earnshaw Makeup
Mali Finn Casting
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Peter Francis Set Decoration/Design
Randy Gerston Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Giddings Co-producer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Pamela Easley Harris Associate Producer
Grant Hill Co-producer
James Horner Score Composer
Martin F. Katz Consultant/advisor
Martin Laing Art Director
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Jon Landau Producer
Rob Legato Special Effects Supervisor
Sharon Mann Co-producer
Dominic Masters Set Decoration/Design
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Marc Niro Set Decoration/Design
Mario Roberts Stunts
Rae Sanchini Executive Producer
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
VIFX Special Effects

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