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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 in…  See more details below


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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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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Titanic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
One of the best films ever. I love the movie anyway! Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet did an excellent job in capturing the movie and the magic. Luckily, the movie won the Oscar for Best Picture. Would I see it again? Yes, now that it is on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, I can watch it at anytime, whether I prefer to watch it on Blu-Ray or DVD. Titanic may have sank, but the movie is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Cameron's best film. Intense, suspenseful, and totally engaging. One of the best films ever made.
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goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful and inspiral movie very touching very real .
celineM More than 1 year ago
i truly enjoy this movie...worth seeing over and over again.....good job to Leonardo and Kate...
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BLackButlerLuv More than 1 year ago
This movie made me cry for two hours afterwords. it is so romantic but sad. mostly ment for girls
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LEANNE19 More than 1 year ago
this movie is awesome. i watched it one time and i couldn't stop watching it! it's a definite must see. it truly is the best film ever made!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Titanic is the one of the best movies EVER!! Usually I'm not one to like a romantic movie but TItanic just takes the cake. It has that romance action thing going on. The actors fit thier roles perfectly and the visual effects are AWESOME!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first time I saw this movie I thought it was the best. If you like a good drama movie watch the Titanic!
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Usually any time Hollywood makes a film based on a historical event you can bet it's not going to be 'perfect'. There will be some historical flaws here or there... but so what! Titanic worked... it was well put together and I thought the fictional romance story was a nice touch and worked well. The special effects were amazing and the acting overall was solid. I enjoyed it and I'm a guy who loves football and beer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but this is my faorite movie of all time. James Cameron did an awesome job, and so did the actors. I rarely cry at movies, and this was one of the few that I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the graetest movie I have ever seen!! I first saw it when I was eight , my mom wanted me to watch it. Ididn't understand at first, but as i got older I watched it again and cried my eyes out! Im a teen now, and I always try to be tough when the dramatic and sad scenes appear. but i cry like if i saw it the first time. this movie will make you: laugh, be on the edge of your seat and cry with an incredible ending! I highly recommend it for those who are romantics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have already purchased this title on DVD or are planning to do so: Wait up! They are finally releasing this movie in the edition that any Best Picture deserves. Two special editions will be released later in the year, one with two discs and one with four discs. I'd go with the four disc version myself, but that's just because I'm a collector. It's a good movie that's finally getting the DVD it deserves and I'll be there on release day to pick up my copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the movie is released on DVD in true Anamorphic Widescreen! The pathetic 1998 version can now be a drink coaster on the coffee table! Be sure to pick up the 4 Disc version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet. this was the first movie ive ever sen with them together in it. ive seen all their other films when their seperate. I hope i can get this dvd for a present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOVES IT! this movie will be the next wizard of oz it will never fade away it will be a joy to watch for generations to come.