Titanic (1997 film)
|Directed by||James Cameron|
|Produced by|| James Cameron|
|Written by||James Cameron|
|Starring|| Leonardo DiCaprio|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Editing by|| Conrad Buff|
Richard A. Harris
|Distributed by|| 20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||December 19, 1997|
|Running time||194 min.|
Titanic was a highly successful 1997 film by director James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The plot involves a fictional 1996 discovery of the RMS Titanic by treasure hunter Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) and his team. They discover a nude portrait of a young woman wearing a heart-shaped diamond. Meanwhile, the woman (Frances Fisher), Rose Dawson Calvert (formerly Rose Dewitt Bukater), now 101 years old, watches the report on TV and remembers the drawing. She calls Lovett and tells him that she's the woman in the picture, then flies out to the ship on a helicopter. There, she tells the crew her story, who are looking for the diamond she is carrying in the picture, the "Heart of the Ocean," which was given to her by her fiancee Cal.
Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) is the daughter of a wealthy British aristocrat, Ruth DeWitt Bukater (Frances Fisher). Rose is pledged to marry a wealthy man, Caledon "Cal" Nathan Hockley (Billy Zane), but she doesn't love him. Nonetheless, she accompanies him on the newly built RMS Titanic to sail to America. Meanwhile, lowly artist Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) wins a ticket on board in a bar. He and his Italian friend go on board the Titanic. Jack has a wonderful time, but Rose is miserable because of her dislike for her fiancee and the stuffiness and boredom of her and Cal's families. Finally, in despair, she attempts to throw herself off the back of the ship, but Jack sees her and manages to stop her from jumping. The two soon fall in love.
Nonetheless, Cal is very angry at this news and tells Rose that he will not tolerate "such a wife." He forbids her to see Rose again, and she decides to obey. However, later she changes her mind, and asks Jack to do a portrait of her wearing nothing but the Heart of the Ocean, which Cal bought her. Cal finds out and is enraged, but the two escape him and run into the cargo hold of the ship, where they have sex.
That night at 11:40, the ship strikes a large iceberg, which ruptures the side of the ship, and water rushes into the hold. The Titanic slowly begins to sink.