Do you remember the movie Titanic? Do you realize its 25th anniversary has recently passed? Yeah, 25 years. Titanic was written and directed by James Cameron and debuted on December 19th, 1997. The movie blew the world away. The film cost $200 million to make, but it earned $2.2 billion back. This Valentine’s Day is going to add to that. Titanic is coming back to theaters for a short time for Valentine’s Day, starting February 10th. It is a remastered 3D 4K HDR version.

Titanic had some heavy-hitting actors in it. Leonardo DiCaprio played Jack Dawson, and Kate Winslet played Rose Dewitt Bukater. There was also Billy Zane as Cal Hockley, Rose’s fiance, and Kathy Bates as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Gloria Stuart played old Rose and did a fantastic job. You will also see David Warner (Spicer Lovejoy), Victor Garber (Thomas Andrews), Bill Paxton (Brock Lovett), and Frances Fisher (Ruth Dewitt Bukater).

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Along with incredible actors, it had a superb soundtrack. Initially, Cameron wanted only to have instrumental music in the movie. Celine Dion recorded her famous song My Heart Will Go On in secret at James Horner’s behest. Thankfully, Cameron agreed that the song should go in the movie.

The movie itself follows Jack and Rose. Rose is a young woman in the upper crust of society, engaged to the horrible Cal because her father left them in debt and impoverished. It was a match that would help Rose’s family, not a love match. Jack is a young man who barely made it onto the Titanic. He had just won the tickets in a card game as people were preparing to board. All he had was his sketchbook, pencil, and the clothes on his back.

Rose attempts to take her life by jumping off the boat, but Jack stops her, and something sparks between them. Jack risks checking up on her, and Rose invites him to dinner. Given that Jack is poor, he has nothing to wear to dinner. However, Molly Brown takes a liking to him and gives him something appropriate to wear. This starts Rose and Jack’s whirlwind romance. They both fall fast and hard and make the famous drawing and love scenes. They dance and laugh and make plans for the future.

Next thing they know, Titanic strikes the ice burg, and the countdown to the end begins. As expected, chaos ensues, and the boat sinks. Rose and Jack don’t make it to a lifeboat, but once they get into the water, they find a piece of wood that Rose climbs onto. Unfortunately, the piece isn’t big enough for Jack, and he parishes. Through this, Rose finds the strength to survive. She survives and thrives and sees Jack again in the end.

Just for fun, I thought I would share nifty facts I found about the movie. Here’s what I found:

Titanic had 14 Oscar nominations.

Other actresses considered for Rose: are Clair Danes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Winona Ryder, Uma Thurman, and Reese Witherspoon.

Other actors considered for Jack: Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, and Johnny Depp.

Kate is Leo’s favorite on-screen kiss.

Kate got fat-shamed.

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The sketches of Rose in only the Heart of the Ocean in the movie were drawn by James Cameron.

When filming the part of the movie when the boat sank and the survivors were adrift, Kate actually ended up with hypothermia.

The carpets for the Titanic in the movie were made by the same company that made carpets for the actual Titanic.

The piece of wood that Rose is floating on after the sinking is based on a real artifact piece of wood from the actual Titanic.

James Cameron got the time that the ship sank wrong on the clock. The real ship sank at 2:20 am, and in the movie, it was 2:15.

This movie always makes me cry. Every. Single. Time. Oh! And with that soundtrack! It’s no wonder this movie is a cultural phenomenon. Don’t forget that it is returning to theaters for a short time on February 10th, 2023. Go see it to re-experience it. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!