there are so many movies that some might consider them “iconic” or “groundbreaking”. But with Titanic, it’s both and more. Between the time it came out in 1997 until Avatar debuted in 2009, the film was the highest-grossing film of all time. almost everyone has seen it and it has been re-released several times since its initial run.
one of the most remarkable things about titanic is its long duration. The movie is about three hours and 14 minutes long, according to IMDB. while it’s by no means the longest movie in history, it’s still longer than many commercial movies, especially the big box office hits. but some of that runtime actually has significant meaning.
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the budget for ‘titanic’ continued to grow, but james cameron refused to cut anything from the film
first of all, if you saw titanic and thought it looked like an expensive movie, it definitely was. buzzfeed news reported that the final budget for the film was $200 million.
however, it didn’t start with that budget. however, due to the effects and the production in general, the finances continued to increase. The president of 20th Century Fox at the time, Bill Mechanic, tried to get director James Cameron to cut parts of the film while he was making it, Buzzfeed News reported.
“From a financial standpoint, this movie is completely out of control,” the mechanic told Cameron. “Nothing is going to change that. all we can do now is contain it. so here are some scenes we’d like to see cut from the filming schedule.”
but, cameron insisted he wasn’t cutting anything.
“If you want to cut my movie,” Cameron said, “you’ll have to fire me, and to fire me you’ll have to kill me.” Due to the fact that “no other director could handle” the making of Titanic, Fox’s president had to rest and let Cameron continue with the film.
It ended up being the first movie to gross $1 billion at the box office when it was released.
‘titanic’ has a runtime that is the same as it took for the actual ship to sink
Titanic’s runtime didn’t stop anyone from watching it, obviously. and if the modern scenes and the credits are removed, the final duration of the film is two hours and 40 minutes. According to CBC, that’s the “exact time it took for the Titanic to sink in the frigid waters off Canada’s east coast” in 1912.
In fact, there’s a cool video from Titanic: Honor and Glory, a virtual reality game project for PC, showing the entire two hours and 40 minutes of the sinking of the legendary ship. is on youtube, and its description also gives more information about the tragic event.
and while the movie of course spends its time developing the love story and more, the ship hits the iceberg in real time. cbc reported that the collision lasted 37 seconds, which is exactly the same in the movie.
Although the story of rose and jack was not real, many of the other characters were
It’s kind of clever and kind of mind-boggling to see that similarity in real life. beyond that, the film tried to be historically accurate elsewhere. but of course with anything in hollywood, it’s not quite right. For example, take the story of Rose and Jack; they are fictitious and did not exist on the ship, only in our hearts.
but there were other people in real life and they were on that ship. Cinemablend reported that most of the supporting characters Rose and Jack interact with were real.
Victor Garber’s role as Thomas Andrews, the Titanic’s chief designer, went down with the ship, according to various accounts. he apparently also experienced the same kind of guilt seen in the film, because he is reported to have only stayed in the smoking room in first class on the ship.
And Kathy Bates’ character, Molly Brown, whose “new money” annoyed the other First Class members, helped passengers get into lifeboats as it sank.
“I wanted to be able to tell the audience, without the slightest twinge of guilt: This is real,” Cameron said of the film, according to Buzzfeed News. “if you went back in a time machine…this is what you would have seen…second officer lightoller would be there…and wallace hartley would be leading the band in a spirited waltz right there, a few feet away. .. [and] slaloming between these immovable pylons of historical fact are the jack and the rose.”
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