Titanic by James Cameron
KATE WINSLET… Rose DeWitt Bukater
LEONARDO DICAPRIO… Jack Dawson
KATHY BATES… The Unsinkable Molly Brown
BILLY ZANE… Caledon Hockley
BILL PAXTON… Brock Lovett
Written and Directed by: James Cameron
Then two faint lights appear, close together… growing brighter. They resolve into two DEEP SUBMERSIBLES, free-falling toward us like express elevators.
One is ahead of the other, and passes close enough to FILL FRAME, looking like a spacecraft blazing with lights, bristling with insectile manipulators.
TILTING DOWN to follow it as it descends away into the limitless blackness below. Soon they are fireflies, then stars. Then gone.
2 EXT./ INT. MIR ONE / NORTH ATLANTIC DEEP
PUSHING IN on one of the falling submersibles, called MIR ONE, right up to
its circular viewport to see the occupants.
INSIDE, it is a cramped seven foot sphere, crammed with equipment. ANATOLY
MIKAILAVICH, the sub’s pilot, sits hunched over his controls… singing
softly in Russian.
Next to him on one side is BROCK LOVETT. He’s in his late forties, deeply
tanned, and likes to wear his Nomex suit unzipped to show the gold from
famous shipwrecks covering his gray chest hair. He is a wiley, fast-talking
treasure hunter, a salvage superstar who is part historian, part adventurer
and part vacuum cleaner salesman. Right now, he is propped against the CO2
scrubber, fast asleep and snoring.
On the other side, crammed into the remaining space is a bearded wide-body
named LEWIS BODINE, sho is also asleep. Lewis is an R.O.V. (REMOTELY
OPERATED VEHICLE) pilot and is the resident Titanic expert.
Anatoly glances at the bottom sonar and makes a ballast adjustment.
3 EXT. THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
A pale, dead-flat lunar landscape. It gets brighter, lit from above, as MIR
ONE enters FRAME and drops to the seafloor in a downblast from its
thrusters. It hits bottom after its two hour free-fall with a loud BONK.
4 INT. MIR ONE
Lovett and Bodine jerk awake at the landing.
(heavy Russian accent)
We are here.
EXT. / INT. MIR ONE AND TWO
5 MINUTES LATER: THE TWO SUBS skim over the seafloor to the sound of
sidescan sonar and the THRUM of big thrusters.
6 The featureless gray clay of the bottom unrols in the lights of the subs.
Bodine is watching the sidescan sonar display, where the outline of a huge
pointed object is visible. Anatoly lies prone, driving the sub, his face
pressed to the center port.
Come left a little. She’s right in front of us, eighteen meters. Fifteen.
Thirteen… you should see it.
Do you see it? I don’t see it… there!
Out of the darkness, like a ghostly apparition, the bow of the ship
appears. Its knife-edge prow is coming straight at us, seeming to plow the
bottom sediment like ocean waves. It towers above the seafloor, standing
just as it landed 84 years ago.
THE TITANIC. Or what is left of her. Mir One goes up and over the bow
railing, intact except for an overgrowth of “rusticles” draping it like
mutated Spanish moss.
TIGHT ON THE EYEPIECE MONITOR of a video camcorder. Brock Lovett’s face
fills the BLACK AND WHITE FRAME.
It still gets me every time.
The image pans to the front viewport, looking over Anatoly’s shoulder, to
the bow railing visible in the lights beyond. Anatoly turns.
Is just your guilt because of stealing from the dead.
CUT WIDER, to show that Brock is operating the camera himself, turning it
in his hand so it points at his own face.
Thanks, Tolya. Work with me, here.
Brock resumes his serious, pensive gaze out the front port, with the camera
aimed at himself at arm’s length.
It still gets me every time… to see the sad ruin of the great ship
sitting here, where she landed at 2:30 in the morning, April 15, 1912,
after her long fall from the world above.
Anatoly rolls his eyes and mutters in Russian. Bodine chuckles and watches
You are so full of shit, boss.
7 Mir Two drives aft down the starboard side, past the huge anchor while
Mir One passes over the seemingly endless forecastle deck, with its massive
anchor chains still laid out in two neat rows, its bronze windlass caps
gleaming. The 22 foot long subs are like white bugs next to the enormous
Dive nine. Here we are again on the deck of Titanic… two and a half miles
down. The pressure is three tons per square inch, enough to crush us like a
freight train going over an ant if our hull fails. These windows are nine
inches thick and if they go, it’s sayonara in two microseconds.
8 Mir Two lands on the boat deck, next to the ruins of the Officer’s
Quarters. Mir One lands on the roof of the deck hous nearby.
Right. Let’s go to work.
Bodine slips on a pair of 3-D electronic goggles, and grabs the joystick
controls of the ROV.
9 OUTSIDE THE SUB, the ROV, a small orange and black robot called SNOOP
DOG, lifts from its cradle and flies forward.
Walkin’ the dog.
SNOOP DOG drives itself away from the sub, paying out its umbilical behind
it like a robot yo-yo. Its twin stereo-video cameras swivel like insect
eyes. The ROV descends through an open shaft that once was the beautiful
First Class Grand Staircase.
Snoop Dog goes down several decks, then moves laterally into the First
Class Reception Room.
SNOOP’S VIDEO POV, moving through the cavernous interior. The remains of
the ornate handcarved woodwork which gave the ship its elegance move
through the floodlights, the lines blurred by slow dissolution and
descending rusticle formations. Stalactites of rust hang down so that at
times it looks like a natural grotto, then the scene shifts and the lines
of a ghostly undersea mansion can be seen again.
MONTAGE STYLE, as Snoop passes the ghostly images of Titanic’s opulence:
10 A grand piano in amazingly good shape, crashed on its side against a
wall. The keys gleam black and white in the lights.
11 A chandelier, still hanging from the ceiling by its wire… glinting as
Snoop moves around it.
12 Its lights play across the floor, revealing a champagne bottle, then
some WHITE STAR LINE china… a woman’s high-top “granny shoe”. Then
something eerie: what looks like a child’s skull resolves into the
porcelain head of a doll.
Snoop enters a corridor which is much better preserved. Here and there a
door still hangs on its rusted hinges. An ornate piece of molding, a wall
sconce… hint at the grandeur of the past.
13 THE ROV turns and goes through a black doorway, entering room B-52, the
sitting room of a “promenade suite”, one of the most luxurious staterooms
I’m in the sitting room. Heading for bedroom B-54.
Stay off the floor. Don’t stir it up like you did yesterday.
I’m tryin’ boss.
Glinting in the lights are the brass fixtures of the near-perfectly
preserved fireplace. An albino Galathea crab crawls over it. Nearby are the
remains of a divan and a writing desk. The Dog crosses the ruins of the
once elegant room toward another DOOR. It squeezes through the doorframe,
scraping rust and wood chunks loose on both sides. It moves out of a cloud
of rust and keeps on going.
I’m crossing the bedroom.
The remains of a pillared canopy bed. Broken chairs, a dresser. Through the
collapsed wall of the bathroom, the porcelain commode and bathtub took
almost new, gleaming in the dark.
Okay, I want to see what’s under that wardrobe door.
SEVERAL ANGLES as the ROV deploys its MANIPULATOR ARMS and starts moving
debris aside. A lamp is lifted, its ceramic colors as bright as they were
Easy, Lewis. Take it slow.
Lewis grips a wardrobe door, lying at an angle in a corner, and pulls it
with Snoop’s gripper. It moves reluctantly in a cloud of silt. Under it is
a dark object. The silt clears and Snoop’s cameras show them what was under
Ooohh daddy-oh, are you seein’ what I’m seein’?
CLOSE ON LOVETT, watching his moniteors. By his expression it is like he is
seeing the Holy Grail.
Oh baby baby baby.
(grabs the mike)
It’s payday, boys.
ON THE SCREEN, in the glare of the lights, is the object of their quest: a
small STEEL COMBINATION SAFE.
14 EXT. STERN OF DECK OF KEDYSH – DAY
THE SAFE, dripping wet in the afternoon sun, is lowered onto the deck of a
ship by a winch cable.
We are on the Russian research vessel AKADEMIK MISTISLAV KELDYSH. A crowd
has gathered, including most of the crew of KELDYSH, the sub crews, and a
hand-wringing money guy named BOBBY BUELL who represents the limited
partners. There is also a documentary video crew, hired by Lovett to cover
his moment of glory.
Everyone crowds around the safe. In the background Mir Two is being lowered
into its cradle on deck by a massive hydraulic arm. Mir One is already
recovered with Lewis Bodine following Brock Lovett as he bounds over to the
safe like a kid on Christman morning.
Who’s the best? Say it.
You are, Lewis.
(to the video crew)
Brock nods to his technicians, and they set about drilling the safe’s
hinges. During this operation, Brock amps the suspense, working the lens to
fill the time.
Well, here it is, the moment of truth. Here’s where we find out if the
time, the sweat, the money spent to charter this ship and these subs, to
come out here to the middle of the North Atlantic… were worth it. If what
we think is in that same… is in that safe… it will be.
Lovett grins wolfishly in anticipation of his greatest find yet. The door
is pried loose. It clangs onto the deck. Lovett moves closer, peering into
the safe’s wet interior. A long moment then… his face says it all.
You know, boss, this happened to Geraldo and his career never recovered.
(to the video cameraman)
Get that outta my face.
15 INT. LAB DECK, PRESERVATION ROOM – DAY
Technicians are carefully removing some papers from the safe and placing
them in a tray of water to separate them safely. Nearby, other artifacts
from the stateroom are being washed and preserved.
Buell is on the satellite phone with the INVESTORS. Lovett is yelling at
the video crew.
You send out what I tell you when I tell you. I’m signing your paychecks,
not 60 minutes. Now get set up for the uplink.
Buell covers the phone and turns to Lovett.
The partners want to know how it’s going?
How it’s going? It’s going like a first date in prison, whattaya think?!
Lovett grabs the phone from Buell and goes instantly smooth.
Hi, Dave? Barry? Look, it wasn’t in the safe… no, look, don’t worry about
it, there’re still plenty of places it could be… in the floor debris in
the suite, in the mother’s room, in the purser’s safe on C deck…
Hang on a second.
A tech coaxes some letters in the water tray to one side with a tong…
revealing a pencil (conte crayon) drawing of a woman.
Brock looks closely at the drawing, which is in excellent shape, though its
edges have partially disintegrated. The woman is beautiful, and beautifully
rendered. In her late teens or early twenties, she is nude, though posed
with a kind of casual modesty. She is on an Empire divan, in a pool of
light that seems to radiate outward from her eyes. Scrawled in the lower
right corner is the date: April 14 1912. And the initials JD.
The girl is not entirely nude. At her throat is a diamond necklace with one
large stone hanging in the center.
Lovett grabs a reference photo from the clutter on the lab table. It is a
period black-and-white photo of a diamond necklace on a black velvet
jeller’s display stand. He holds it next to the drawing. It is clearly the
same piece… a complex setting with a massive central stone which is
I’ll be God damned.
A CNN NEWS STORY: a live satellite feed from the deck of the Keldysh,
intercut with the CNN studio.
Treasure hunter Brock Lovett is best known for finding Spanish gold in
sunken galleons in the Caribbean. Now he is using deep submergence
technology to work two and a half miles down at another famous wreck… the
Titanic. He is with us live via satellite from a Russian research ship in
the middle of the Atlantic… hello Brock?
Yes, hi, Tracy. You know, Titanic is not just A shipwrick, Titanic is THE
shipwreck. It’s the Mount Everest of shipwrecks.
17 INT. HOUSE / CERAMICS STUDIO
PULL BACK from the screen, showing the CNN report playing on a TV set in
the living room of a small rustic house. It is full of ceramics, figurines,
folk art, the walls crammed with drawings and paintings… things collected
over a lifetime.
PANNING to show a glassed-in studio attached to the house. Outside it is a
quiet morning in Ojai, California. In the studio, amid incredible clutter,
an ANCIENT WOMAN is throwing a pot on a potter’s wheel. The liquid red clay
covers her hands… hands that are gnarled and age-spotted, but still
surprisingly strong and supple. A woman in her early forties assists her.
I’ve planned this expedition for three years, and we’re out here recovering
some amazing things… things that will have enormous historical and
CNN REPORTER (V.O.)
But it’s no secret that education is not your main purpose. You’re a
treasure hunter. So what is the treasure you’re hunting?
I’d rather show you than tell you, and we think we’re very close to doing
The old woman’s name is ROSE CALVERT. Her face is a wrinkled mass, her body
shapeless and shrunken under a one-piece African-print dress.
But her eyes are just as bright and alive as those of a young girl.
Rose gets up and walks into the living room, wiping pottery clay from her
hands with a rag. A Pomeranian dog gets up and comes in with her.
The younger soman, LIZZY CALVERT, rushes to help her.
Turn that up please, dear.
Your expedition is at the center of a storm of controversy over salvage
rights and even ethics. Many are calling you a grave robber.
TIGHT ON THE SCREEN.
Nobody called the recovery of the artifacts from King Tut’s tomb grave
robbing. I have museum-trained experts here, making sure this stuff is
preserved and catalogued properly. Look at this drawing, which was found
The video camera pans off Brock to the drawing, in a tray of water. The
image of the woman with the necklace FILLS FRAME.
…a piece of paper that’s been underwater for 84 years… and my team are
able to preserve it intanct. Should this have remained unseen at the bottom
of the ocean for eternity, when we can see it and enjoy it now…?
ROSE is galvanized by this image. Her mouth hangs open in amazement.
I’ll be God damned.
18 EXT. KELDYSH DECK – NIGHT
CUT TO KELDYSH. The Mir subs are being launched. Mir Two is already in the
water, and Lovett is getting ready to climb into Mir One when Bobby Buell
runs up to him.
There’s a satellite call for you.
Bobby, we’re launching. See these submersibles here, going in the water?
Take a message.
No, trust me, you want to take this call.
19 INT. LAB DECK / KELDYSH – NIGHT
Beull hands Lovett the phone, pushing down the blinking line. The call is
from Rose and we see both ends of the conversation. She is in her kitchen
with a mystified Lizzy.
This is Brock Lovett. What can I do for you, Mrs… ?
… Mrs. Calvert?
I was just wondering if you had found the “Heart of the Ocean” yet, Mr.
Brock almost drops the phone. Bobby sees his shocked expression…
I told you you wanted to take this call.
Alright. You have my attention, Rose. Can you tell me who the woman in the
Oh yes. The woman in the picture is me.
20 EXT. OCEAN – DAY
SMASH CUT TO AN ENORMOUS SEA STALLION HELICOPTER thundering across the
ocean. PAN 180 degrees as it roars past. There is no land at either
horizon. The Keldysh is visible in the distance.
CLOSE ON A WINDOW of the monster helicopter. Rose’s face is visible,
looking out calmly.
21 EXT. KELDYSH – DAY
Brock and Bodine are watching Mir 2 being sweng over the side to start a
She’s a goddamned liar! A nutcase. Like that… what’s her name? That
Brock nods and the three of them head forward to meet the approaching helo.
She says she’s Rose DeWitt Bukater, right? Rose DeWitt Bukater died on the
Titanic. At the age of 17. If she’d’ve lived, she’d be over a hundred now.
A hundred and one next month.
Okay, so she’s a very old goddamned liar. I traced her as far back as the
20’s… she was working as an actress in L.A. An actress. Her name was Rose
Dawson. Then she married a guy named Calvert, moved to Cedar Rapids, had
two kids. Now Calvert’s dead, and from what I’ve heard Cedar Rapids is
The Sea Stallion approaches the ship, BG, forcing Brock to yell over the
And everyobody who knows about the diamond is supposed to be dead… or on
this ship. But she knows about it. And I want to hear what she has to say.
22 EXT. KELDYSH HELIPAD
IN A THUNDERING DOWNBLAST the helicopter’s wheels bounce down on the
Lovett, Buell and Bodine watch as the HELICOPTER CREW CHIEF hands out about
ten suitcases, and then Rose is lowered to the deck in a wheelchair by
Keldysh crewmen. Lizzy, ducking unnecessarily under the rotor, follows her
out, carrying FREDDY the Pomeranian. The crew chief hands a puzzled Keldysh
crewmember a goldfish bowl with several fish in it. Rose does not travel
HOLD ON the incongruous image of this little old lady, looking impossibly
fragile amongst all the high tech gear, grungy deck crew and gigantic
S’cuse me, I have to go check our supply of Depends.
23 INT. ROSE’S STATEROOM / KELDYSH – DAY
Lizzy is unpacking Rose’s things in the small utilitarian room. Rose is
placing a number of FRAMED PHOTOS on the bureau, arranging them carefully
next to the fishbowl. Brock and Bodine are in the doorway.
Is your stateroom alright?
Yes. Very nice. Have you met my granddaughter, Lizzy? She takes care of me.
Yes. We met just a few minutes ago, grandma. Remember, up on deck?
Brock glances at Bodine… oh oh. Bodine rolls his eyes. Rose finishes
arranging her photographs. We get a general glimpse of them: the usual
snapshots… children and grandchildren, her late husband.
There, that’s nice. I have to have my pictures when I travel. And Freddy of
(to the Pomeranian)
Isn’t that right, sweetie.
Would you like anything?
I should like to see my drawing.
24 INT. LAB DECK, PRESERVATION AREA
Rose looks at the drawing in its tray of water, confronting herself across
a span of 84 years. Until they can figure out the best way to preserve it,
they have to keep it immersed. It sways and ripples, almost as if alive.
TIGHT ON Rose’s ancient eyes, gazing at the drawing.
25 FLASHCUT of a man’s hand, holding a conte crayon deftly creating a
shoulder and the shape of her hair with two efficient lines.
26 THE WOMAN’S FACE IN THE DRAWING, dancing under the water.
27 A FLASHCUT of a man’s eyes, just visible over the top of a sketching
pad. They look up suddenly right into the LENS. Soft eyes, but fearlessly
28 Rose smiles, remembering. Brock has the reference photo of the necklace
in his hand.
Louis the Sixteenth wore a fabulous stone, called the Blue Diamond of the
Crown, which disappeared in 1792, about the time Louis lost everything from
the neck up. The theory goes that the crown diamond was chopped too…
recut into a heart-like shape… and it became Le Coeur de la Mer. The
Heart of the Ocean. Today it would be worth more than the Hope Diamond.
It was a dreadful, heavy thing.
(she points at the drawing)
I only wore it this once.
You actually believe this is you, grandma?
It is me, dear. Wasn’t I a hot number?
I tracked it down through insurance records… and old claim that was
settled under terms of absolute secrecy. Do you know who the claiment was,
Someone named Hockley, I should imagine.
Nathan Hockley, right. Pittsburgh steel tycoon. For a diamond necklace his
son Caledon Hockley bought in France for his fiancee… you… a week
before he sailed on Titanic. And the claim was filed right after the
sinking. So the diamond had to’ve gone down with the ship.
See the date?
April 14, 1912.
If your grandma is who she says she is, she was wearing the diamond the day
And that makes you my new best friend. I will happily compensate you for
anything you can tell us that will lead to its recovery.
I don’t want your money, Mr. Lovett. I know how hard it is for people who
care greatly for money to give some away.
You don’t want anything?
(indicating the drawing)
You may give me this, if anything I tell you is of value.
(crossing the room)
Over here are a few things we’ve recovered from your staterooms.
Laid out on a worktable are fifty or so objects, from mundane to valuable.
Rose, shrunken in her chair, can barely see over the table top. With a
trembling hand she lifts a tortoise shell hand mirror, inlaid with mother
of pearl. She caresses it wonderingly.
This was mine. How extraordinary! It looks the same as the last time I saw it.
She turns the mirror over and looks at her ancient face in the cracked glass.
The reflection has changed a bit.
She spies something else, a silver and moonstone art-nouveau brooch.
My mother’s brooch. She wanted to go back for it. Caused quite a fuss.
Rose picks up an ornate art-nouveau HAIR COMB. A jade butterfly takes
flight on the ebony handle of the comb. She turns it slowly, remembering.
We can see that Rose is experiencing a rush of images and emotions that
have lain dormant for eight decades as she handles the butterfly comb.
Are you ready to go back to Titanic?
29 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
It is a darkened room lined with TV monitors. IMAGES OF THE WRECK fill the
screens, fed from Mir One and Two, and the two ROVs, Snoop Dog and DUNCAN.
Live from 12,000 feet.
ROSE stares raptly at the screens. She is enthraled by one in particular,
an image of the bow railing. It obviously means something to her. Brock is
studying her reactions carefully.
The bow’s struck in the bottom like an axe, from the impact. Here… I can
run a simulation we worked up on this monitor over here.
Lizzy turns the chair so Rose can see the screen of Bodine’s computer. As
he is calling up the file, he keeps talking.
We’ve put together the world’s largest database on the Titanic. Okay,
Rose might not want to see this, Lewis.
No, no. It’s fine. I’m curious.
Bodine starts a COMPUTER ANIMATED GRAPHIC on the screen, which parallels
his rapid-fire narration.
She hits the berg on the starboard side and it sort of bumps along…
punching holes like a morse code… dit dit dit, down the side. Now she’s
flooding in the
forward compartments… and the water spills over the tops of the
bulkheads, going aft. As her bow is going down, her stern is coming up…
slow at first… and then faster and faster until it’s lifting all that
weight, maybe 20 or 30 thousand tons… out of the water and the hull can’t
deal… so SKRTTT!!
(making a sound in time with the animation)
… it splits! Right down to the keel, which acts like a big hinge. Now the
bow swings down and the stern falls back level… but the weight of the bow
pulls the stern up vertical, and then the bow section detaches, heading for
the bottom. The stern bobs like a cork, floods and goes under about 2:20
a.m. Two hours and forty minutes after the collision.
The animation then follows the bow section as it sinks. Rose watches this
clinical dissection of the disaster without emotion.
The bow pulls out of its dive and planes away, almost a half a mile, before
it hits the bottom going maybe 12 miles an hour. KABOOM!
The bow impacts, digging deeply into the bottom, the animation now follows
The stern implodes as it sinks, from the pressure, and rips apart from the
force of the current as it falls, landing like a big pile of junk.
(indicating the simulation)
Thank you for that fine forensic analysis, Mr. Bodine. Of course the
experience of it was somewhat less clinical.
Will you share it with us?
Her eyes go back to the screens, showing the sad ruins far below them.
A VIEW from one of the subs TRACKING SLOWLY over the boat deck. Rose
recognizes one of the Wellin davits, still in place. She hears ghostly
waltz music. The faint and echoing sound of an officer’s voice, English
accented, calling “Women and children only”.
30 FLASH CUTS of screaming faces in a running crowd. Pandemonium and
terror. People crying, praying, kneeling on the deck. Just impressions…
flashes in the dark.
31 Rose Looks at another monitor. SNOOP DOG moving down a rusted,
debris-filled corridor. Rose watches the endless row of doorways sliding
past, like dark mouths.
32 IMAGE OF A CHILD, three years old, standing ankle deep in water in the
middle of an endless corridor. The child is lost alone, crying.
33 Rose is shaken by the flood of memories and emotions. Her eyes well up
and she puts her head down, sobbing quietly.
(taking the wheelchair)
I’m taking her to rest.
Her voice is surprisingly strong. The sweet little old lady is gone,
replaced by a woman with eyes of steel. Lovett signals everyone to stay quiet.
Tell us, Rose.
She looks from screen to screen, the images of the ruined ship.
It’s been 84 years…
Just tell us what you can–
(holds up her hand for silence)
It’s been 84 years… and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had
never been used. The sheets had never been slept in.
He switches on the minirecorder and sets it near her.
Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams. And it was. It really was…
As the underwater camera rises past the rusted bow rail, WE DISSOLVE /
MATCH MOVE to that same railing in 1912…
34 EXT. SOUTHAMPTON DOCK – DAY
SHOT CONTINUES IN A FLORIOUS REVEAL as the gleaming white superstructure of
Titanic rises mountainously beyond the rail, and above that the
buff-colored funnels stand against the sky like the pillars of a great
temple. Crewmen move across the deck, dwarfed by the awesome scale of the
Southanmpton, England, April 10, 1912. It is almost nnon on ailing day. A
crowd of hundreds blackens the pier next to Titanic like ants on a jelly
IN FG a gorgeous burgundy RENAULT TOURING CAR swings into frame, hanging
from a loading crane. It is lowered toward HATCH #2.
On the pier horsedrawn vehicles, motorcars and lorries move slowly through the dense throng. The atmosphere is one of excitement and general giddiness. People embrace in tearful farewells, or wave and shout bon voyage wishes to friends and relatives on the decks above.
A white RENAULT, leading a silver-gray DAIMLER-BENZ, pushes through the
crowd leaving a wake in the press of people. Around the handsome cars
people are streaming to board the ship, jostling with hustling seamen and
stokers, porters, and barking WHITE STAR LINE officials.
The Renault stops and the LIVERIED DRIVER scurries to open the door for a
YOUNG WOMAN dressed in a stunning white and purple outfit, with an enormous
feathered hat. She is 17 years old and beautiful, regal of bearing, with
It is the girl in the drawing. ROSE. She looks up at the ship, taking it in
with cool appraisal.
I don’t see what all the fuss is about. It doesn’t look any bigger than the
A PERSONAL VALET opens the door on the other side of the car for CALEDON
HOCKLEY, the 30 year old heir to the elder Hockley’s fortune. “Cal” is
handsome, arrogant and rich beyond meaning.
You can be blase about some things, Rose, but not about Titanic. It’s over
a hundred feet longer than Mauretania, and far more luxurious. It has
squash courts, a Parisian cafe… even Turkish baths.
Cal turns and fives his hand to Rose’s mother, RUTH DEWITT BUKATER, who
descends from the touring car being him. Ruth is a 40ish society empress,
from one of the most prominent Philadelphia families. She is a widow, and
rules her household with iron will.
Your daughter is much too hard to impress, Ruth.
(indicating a puddle)
Mind your step.
(gazing at the leviathan)
So this is the ship they say is unsinkable.
It is unsinkable. God himself couldn’t sink this ship.
Cal speaks with the pride of a host providing a special experience.
This entire entourage of rich Americans is impeccably turned out, a
quintessential example of the Edwardian upper class, complete with
servants. Cal’s VALET, SPICER LOVEJOY, is a tall and impassive, dour as an
undertaker. Behind him emerge TWO MAIDS, personal servants to Ruth and
A WHITE STAR LINE PORTER scurries toward them, harried by last minute
Sir, you’ll have to check your baggage through the main terminal, round
Cal nonchalantly hands the man a fiver. The porter’s eyes dilate. Five
pounds was a monster tip in those days.
I put my faith in you, good sir.
(curtly, indicating Lovejoy)
See my man.
Yes, sir. My pleasure, sir.
Cal never tires of the effect of money on the unwashed masses.
(to the porter)
These trunks here, and 12 more in the Daimler. We’ll have all this lot up
in the rooms.
The White Star man looks stricken when he sees the enormous pile of steamer
trunks and suitcases loading down the second car, including wooden crates
and steel safe. He whistles frantically for some cargo-handlers nearby who
Cal breezes on, leaving the minions to scramble. He quickly checks his
We’d better hurry. This way, ladies.
He indicates the way toward the first class gangway. They move into the
crowd. TRUDY BOLT, Rose’s maid, hustles behind them, laden with bags of her
mistress’s most recent purchases… things too delicate for the baggage
Cal leads, weaving between vehicles and handcarts, hurrying passengers
(mostly second class and steerage) and well-wishers. Most of the first
class passengers are avoiding the smelly press of the dockside crowd by
using an elevated boarding bridge, twenty feet above.
They pass a line of steerage passengers in their coarse wool and tweeds,
queued up inside movable barriers like cattle in a chute. A HEALTH OFFICER
examines their heads one by one, checking scalp and eyelashes for lice.
They pass a well-dressed young man cranking the handle of a wooden Biograph
“cinematograph” camera mounted on a tripod. NANIEL MARVIN (whose father
founded the Biograph Film Studio) is filming his young bride in front of
the Titanic. MARY MARVIN stands stiffly and smiles, self conscious.
Look up at the ship, darling, that’s it. You’re amazed! You can’t believe
how big it is! Like a mountain. That’s great.
Mary Marvin, without an acting fiber in her body, does a bad Clara Bow
pantomime of awe, hands raised.
Cal is jostled by two yelling steerage boys who shove past him. And he is
bumped again a second later by the boys’ father.
The Cockney father pushes on, after his kids, shouting.
Steerage swine. Apparently missed his annual bath.
Honestly, Cal, if you weren’t forever booking everything at the last
instant, we could have gone through the terminal instead of running along
the dock like some squalid immigrant family.
All part of my charm, Ruth. At any rate, it was my darling fiancee’s beauty
rituals which made us late.
You told me to change.
I couldn’t let you wear black on sailing day, sweetpea. It’s bad luck.
I felt like black.
Cal guides them out of the path of a horse-drawn wagon loaded down with two
tons of OXFORD MARMALADE, in wooden cases, for Titanic’s Victualling
Here I’ve pulled every string I could to book us on the grandest ship in
history, in her most luxurious suites… and you act as if you’re going to
Rose looks up as the hull of Titanic looms over them…a great iron wall,
Bible black and sever. Cal motions her forward, and she enters the gangway
to the D Deck doors with a sense of overwhelming dread.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
It was the ship of dreams… to everyone else. To me it was a slave ship,
taking me back to America in chains.
CLOSE ON CAL’S HAND IN SLOW-MOTION as it closes possessively over Rose’s
arm. He escorts her up the gangway and the black hull of Titanic swallows
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
Outwardly I was everything a well brought up girl should be. Inside, I was
35 CUT TO a SCREAMING BLAST from the mighty triple steam horns on Titanic’s
funnels, bellowing their departure warning.
36 EXT. SOUTHAMPTON DOCKS / TITANIC – DAY
A VIEW OF TITANIC from several blocks away, towering above the terminal
buildings like the skyline of a city. The steamer’s whistle echoes across
PULL BACK, revealing that we were looking through a window, and back
further to show the smoky inside of a pub. It is crowded with dockworkers
and ship;s crew.
Just inside the window, a poker game is in progress. FOUR MEN, in working
class clothes, play a very serious hand.
JACK DAWSON and FABRIZIO DE ROSSI, both about 20, exchange a glance as the
other two players argue in Swedish. Jack is American, a lanky drifter with
his hair a little long for the standards of the times. He is also unshaven,
and his clothes are rumpled from sleeping in them. He is an artist, and has
adopted the bohemian style of art scene in Paris. He is also very
self-possessed and sure-footed for 20, having lived on his own since 15.
The TWO SWEDES continue their sullen argument, in Swedish.
You stupid fishhead. I can’t believe you bet our tickets.
You lost our money. I’m just trying to get it back. Now shutup and take a
Hit me again, Sven.
Jack takes the card and slips it into his hand.
ECU JACK’S EYES. They betray nothing.
CLOSE ON FABRIZIO licking his lips nervously as he refuses a card.
ECU STACK in the middle of the table. Bills and coins from four counrties.
This has been going on for a while. Sitting on top of the money are two 3RD
CLASS TICKETS for RMS TITANIC.
The Titanic’s whistle blows again. Final warning.
The moment of truth boys. Somebody’s life’s about to change.
Fabrizio puts his cards down. So do the Swedes. Jack holds his close.
Let’s see… Fabrizio’s got niente. Olaf, you’ve got squat. Sven, uh oh…
two pair… mmm.
(turns to his friend)
What sorry? What you got? You lose my money?? Ma va fa’n culo testa di
Sorry, you’re not gonna see your mama again for a long time…
He slaps a full house down on the table.
‘Cause you’re goin’ to America!! Full house boys!
Porca Madonna!! YEEAAAAA!!!
The table explodes into shouting in several languages. Jack rakes in the
money and the tickets.
(to the Swedes)
Sorry boys. Three of a kind and a pair. I’m high and you’re dry and…
… we’re going to–
Olaf balls up one huge farmer’s fist. We think he’s going to clobber Jack,
but he swings round and punches Sven, who flops backward onto the floor and
sits there, looking depressed. Olaf forgets about Jack and Fabrizio, who
are dancing around, and goes into a rapid harangue of his stupid cousin.
Jack kisses the tickets, then jumps on Fabrizio’s back and rides him around
the pub. It’s like they won the lottery.
Goin’ home… to the land o’ the free and the home of the real hot-dogs! On
the TITANIC!! We’re ridin’ in high style now! We’re practically goddamned
royalty, ragazzo mio!!
You see? Is my destinio!! Like I told you. I go to l’America!! To be a
Capito?? I go to America!!
No, mate. Titanic go to America. In five minutes.
Shit!! Come on, Fabri!
(grabbing their stuff)
(to all, grinning)
It’s been grand.
They run for the door.
‘Course I’m sure if they knew it was you lot comin’, they’d be pleased to
38 EXT. TERMINAL – TITANIC
Jack and Fabrizio, carrying everything they own in the world in the kit
bags on their shoulders, sprint toward the pier. They tear through milling
crowds next to the terminal. Shouts go up behind them as they jostle
slow-moving gentlemen. They dodge piles of luggage, and weave through
groups of people. They burst out onto the pier and Jack comes to a dead
stop… staring at the cast wall of the ship’s hull, towering seven stories
above the wharf and over an eighth of a mile long. The Titanic is
Fabrizio runs back and grabs Jack, and they sprint toward the third class
gangway aft, at E deck. They reach the bottom of the ramp just as SIXTH
OFFICER MOODY detaches it at the top. It starts to swing down from the
Wait!! We’re passengers!
Flushed and panting, he waves the tickets.
Have you been through the inspection queue?
Of course! Anyway, we don’t have lice, we’re Americans.
(glances at Fabrizio)
Both of us.
Right, come aboard.
Moody has QUARTERMASTER ROWE reattach the gangway. Jack and Fabrizio come
aboard. Moody glances at the tickets, then passes Jack and Fabrizio through
to Rowe. Rowe looks at the names on the tickets to enter them in the
He hands the tickets back, eyeing Fabrizio’s Mediterranean looks
(grabbing Fabrizio’s arm)
Come on, Sven.
Jack and Fabrizio whoop with victory as they run down the white-painted
corridero… grinning from ear to ear.
We are the luckiest sons of bitches in the world!
40 EXT. TITANIC AND DOCK – DAY
The mooring lines, as big around as a man’s arm, are dropped into the
water. A cheer goes up on the pier as SEVEN TUGS pull the Titanic away from
41 EXT. AFT WELL DECK / POOP DECK – DAY
JACK AND FABRIZIO burst through a door onto the aft well deck. TRACKING
WITH THEM as they run across the deck and up the steel stairs to the poop
deck. They get to the rail and Jack starts to yell and wave to the crowd on
You know somebody?
Of course not. That’s not the point.
(to the crowd)
Goodbye! Goodbye!! I’ll miss you!
Grinning, Fabrixio joins in, adding his voice to the swell of voices,
feeling the exhilaration of the moment.
Goodbye! I will never forget you!!
EXT. SOUTHAMPTON DOCK – DAY
The crowd of cheering well-wishers waves heartily as a black wall of metal
moves past them. Impossibly tiny figues wave back from the ship’s rails.
Titanic gathers speed.
44 EXT. RIVER TEST – DAY
IN A LONG LENS SHOT the prow of Titanic FILLS FRAME behind the lead tug,
which is dwarfed. The bow wave spreads before the mighty plow of the
liner’s hull as it moves down the River Test toward the English Channel.
45 INT. THIRD CLASS BERTHING / G-DECK FORWARD – DAY
Jack and Fabrizio walk down a narrow corridor with doors lining both sides
like a college dorm. Total confusion as people argue over luggage in
several languages, or wander in confusion in the labyrinth. They pass
emigrants studying the signs over the doors, and looking up the words in
They find their berth. It is a modest cubicle, painted enamel white, with
four bunks. Exposed pipes overhead. The other two guys are already there.
OLAUS and BJORN GUNDERSEN.
Jack throws his kit on one open bunk, while Fabrizio takes the other.
(in Swedish/ subtitled)
Where is Sven?
46 INT. SUITE B-52-56 – DAY
By contrast, the so-called “Millionaire Suite” is in the Empire style, and
comprises two bedrooms, a bath, WC, wardrobe room, and a large sitting
room. In addition there is a private 50 foot promenade deck outside.
A room service waiter pours champagne into a tulip glass of orange juice
and hands the Bucks Fizz to Rose. She is looking through her new paintings.
There is a Monet of water lilies, a Degas of dancers, and a few abstract
works. They are all unknown paintings… lost works.
Cal is out on the covered deck, which has potted trees and vines on
trellises, talking through the doorway to Rose in the sitting room.
Those mud puddles were certainly a waste of money.
(looking at a cubist portrait)
You’re wrong. They’re fascinating. Like in a dream… there’s truth without
logic. What’s his name again… ?
(reading off the canvas)
(coming into the sitting room)
He’ll never amount to a thing, trust me. At least they were cheap.
A porter wheels Cal’s private safe (which we recognize) into the room on a
Put that in the wardrobe.
47 IN THE BEDROOM Rose enters with the large Degas of the dancers. She sets
it on the dresser, near the canopy bed. Trudy is already in there, hanging
up some of Rose’s clothes.
It smells so brand new. Like they built it all just for us. I mean… just
to think that tonight, when I crawl between the sheets, Iill be the first–
Cal appears in the doorway of the bedroom.
(looking at Rose)
And when I crawl between the sheets tonight, I’ll still be the first.
(blushing at the innuendo)
S’cuse me, Miss.
She edges around Cal and makes a quick exit. Cal comes up behind Rose and
puts his hands on her shoulders. An act of possession, not intimacy.
The first and only. Forever.
Rose’s expression shows how bleak a prospect this is for her, now.
48 EXT. CHERBOURG HARBOR, FRANCE – LATE DUSK
Titanic stands silhouetted against a purple post-sunset sky. She is lit up
like a floating palace, and her thousand portholes reflect in the calm
harbor waters. The 150 foot tender Nomadic lies-to alongside, looking like
a rowboat. The lights of a Cherbourg harbor complete the postcard image.
49 INT. FIRST CLASS RECEPTION/ D-DECK
Entering the first class reception room from the tender are a number of
prominent passengers. A BROAD-SHOULDERED WOMAN in an enormous feathered hat
comes up the gangway, carrying a suitcase in each hand, a spindly porter
running to catch up with her to take the bags.
Well, I wasn’t about to wait all day for you, sonny. Take ’em the rest of
the way if you think you can manage.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
At Cherbourg a woman came aboard named Margaret Brown, but we all called
her Molly. History would call her the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Her husband
had struck gold someplace out west, and she was what mother called “new
At 45, MOLLY BROWN is a tough talking straightshooter who dresses in the
finery of her genteel peers but will never be one of them.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
By the next afternoon we had made our final stop and we were steaming west
from the coast of Ireland, with nothing out ahead of us but ocean…
51 EXT. BOW – DAY
The ship glows with the warm creamy light of late afternoon. Jack and
Fabrizio stand right at the bow gripping the curving railing so familiar
from images of the wreck. Jack leans over, looking down fifty feet to where
the prow cuts the surface like a knife, sending up two glassy sheets of
52 INT. / EXT. TITANIC – SERIES OF SCENES – DAY
ON THE BRIDGE, CAPTAIN SMITH turns from the binnacle to FIRST OFFICER
Take her to sea Mister Murdoch. Let’s stretch her legs.
Murdoch moves the engine telegraph lever to ALL AHEAD FULL.
53 NOW BEGINS a kind of musical/visual setpiece… an ode to the great
ship. The music is rhythmic, surging forward, with a soaring melody that
addresses the majesty and optimism of the ship of dreams.
IN THE ENGINE ROOM the telegraph clangs and moves to “All Ahead Full”.
CHIEF ENGINEER BELL
All ahead full!
On the catwalk THOMAS ANDREWS, the shipbuilder, watches carefully as the
engineers and greasers scramble to adjust valves. Towering above them are
the twin RECIPROCATING engines, four stories tall, their ten-foot-long
connecting rods surging up and down with the turning of the massive
crankshafts. The engines thunder like the footfalls of marching giants.
54 IN THE BOILER ROOMS the STOKERS chant a song as they hurl coal into the
roaring furnaces. The “black gang” are covered with sweat and coal dust,
their muscles working like part of the machinery as they toil in the
55 UNDERWATER the enormous bronze screws chop through the water, hurling
the steamer forward and churning up a vortex of foam that lingers for miles
behind the juggernaut ship. Smoke pours from the funnels as–
56 The riven water flares higher at the bow as the ship’s speeds builds.
THE CAMERA SWEEPS UP the prow to find Jack, the wind streaming through his
57 Captain Smith steps out of the enclosed bridge onto the wing. He stands
with his hands on the rail, looking every bit the storybook picture of a
Captain… a great patriarch of the sea.
FIRST OFFICER MURDOCH
Twenty one knots, sir!
She’s got a bone in her teeth now, eh, Mr. Murdoch.
Smith accepts a cup of tea from FIFTH OFFICER LOWE. He contentedly watches
the white V of water hurled outward from the bows like an expression of his
own personal power. They are invulnerable, towering over the sea.
58 AT THE BOW Jack and Fabrizio lean far over, looking down.
In the glassy bow-wave two dolphins appear, under the water, running fast
just in front of the steel blade of the prow. They do it for the sheer joy
and exultation of motion. Jack watches the dolphins and grins. They breach,
jumping clear of the water and then dive back, crisscrossing in front of
the bow, dancing ahead of the juggernaut.
FABRIZIO looks forward across the Atlantic, staring into the sunsparkles.
I can see the Statue of Liberty already.
(grinning at Jack)
Very small… of course.
THE CAMERA ARCS around them, until they are framed against the sea.
NOW WE PULL BACK, across the forecastle deck. Rising, as we continue back,
and the ships rolls endlessly forward underneath. Over the bridge wing,
along the boat deck until her funnels come INTO FRAME besides us and march
past like the pillars of heaven, one by one. We pull back and up, until we
are looking down the funnels, and the people strolling on the decks and
standing at the rail become antlike.
And still we pull back until the great lady is seen whole in a gorgeous
aerial portrait, black and severe in her majesty.
She is the largest moving object ever made by the hand of man in all
59 INT. PALM COURT RESTAURANT – DAY
CLOSE ON J. BRUCE ISMAY, Managing Director of White Star Line.
…and our master shipbuilder, Mr. Andrews here, designed her from the keel
He indicates a handsome 39 year old Irish gentlemen to his right, THOMAS
ANDREWS, of Harland and Wolf Shipbuilders.
WIDER, showing the group assembled for lunch the next day. Ismay seated
with Cal, Rose, Ruth, Molly Brown and Thomas Andrews in the Palm Court, a
beautiful sunny spot enclosed by high arched windows.
(disliking the attention)
Well, I may have knocked her together, but the idea was Mr. Ismay’s. He
envisioned a steamer so grand in scale, and so luxurious in its
appointments, that its supremacy would never be challenged. And here she
(he slaps the table)
…willed into solid reality.
Why’re ships always bein’ called “she”? Is it because men think half the
women around have big sterns and should be weighed in tonnage?
(they all laugh)
Just another example of the men settin’ the rules their way.
The waiter arrives to take orders. Rose lights a cigarette.
You know I don’t like that, Rose.
Cal takes the cigarette from her and stubs it out.
(to the waiter)
We’ll both have the lamb. Rare, with a little mint sauce.
(to Rose, after the waiter moves away)
You like lamb, don’t you sweetpea?
Molly is watching the dynamic between Rose, Cal and Ruth.
So, you gonna cut her meat for her too there, Cal?
(turning to Ismay)
Hey, who came up with the name Titanic? You, Bruce?
Yes, actually. I wanted to convey sheer size. And size means stability,
luxury… and safety–
Do you know of Dr. Freud? His ideas about the male preoccupation with size
might be of particular interest to you, Mr. Ismay.
Andrews chockes on his breadstick, suppressing laughter.
My God, Rose, what’s gotten into–
She stalks away.
I do apologize.
She’s a pistol, Cal. You sure you can handle her?
(tense but feigning unconcern)
Well, I may have to start minding what she reads from now on.
60 EXT. POOP DECK / AFTER DECKS – DAY
Jack sits on a bench in the sun. Titanic’s wake spreads out behind him to
the horizon. He has his knees pulled up, supporting a leather bound
sketching pad, his only valuable possession. With conte crayon he draws
rapidly, using sure strokes. An emigrant from Manchester named CARTMELL has
his 3 year old daughter CORA standing on the lower rung of the rail. She is
leaned back against his beer barrel of a stomach, watching the seagulls.
THE SKETCH captures them perfectly, with a great sense of the humanity of
the moment. Jack is good. Really good. Fabrizio looks over Jack’s shoulder.
He nods appreciatively.
TOMMY RYAN, a scowling young Irish emigrant, watches as a crewmember comes
by, walking three small dogs around the deck. One of them, a BLACK FRENCH
BULLDOG, is among the ugliest creatures on the planet.
That’s typical. First class dogs come down here to take a shit.
Jack looks up from his sketch.
That’s so we know where we rank in the scheme of things.
Like we could forget.
Jack glances across the well deck. At the aft railing of B deck promenade
stands ROSE, in a long yellow dress and white gloves.
CLOSE ON JACK, unable to take his eyes off of her. They are across from
each other, about 60 feet apart, with the well deck like a valley between
them. She on her promontory, he on his much lower one. She stares down at
He watches her unpin her elaborate hat and take it off. She looks at the
frilly absurd thing, then tosses it over the rail. It sails far down to the
water and is carried away, astern. A spot of yellow in the vast ocean. He
is riveted by her. She looks like a figure in a romantic novel, sad and
Fabrizio taps Tommy and they both look at Jack gazin at Rose. Fabrizio and
Tommy grin at each other.
Rose turns suddenly and looks right at Jack. He is caught staring, but he
doesn’t look away. She does, but then looks back. Their eyes meet across
the space of the well deck, across the gulf between worlds.
Jack sees a man (Cal) come up behind her and take her arm. She jerks her
arm away. They argue in pantomime. She storms away, and he goes after her,
disappearing along the A-deck promenade. Jack stares after her.
Forget it, boyo. You’d as like have angels fly out o’ yer arse as get next
to the likes o’ her.
61 INT. FIRST CLASS DINING SALOON – NIGHT
SLOWLY PUSHING IN ON ROSE as she sits, flanked by people in heated
conversation. Cal and Ruth are laughing together, while on the other side
LADY DUFF-GORDON is holding forth animatedly. We don’t hear what they are
saying. Rose is staring at her plate, barely listening to the
inconsequential babble around her.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
I saw my whole life as if I’d already lived it… an endless parade of
parties and cotillions, yachts and polo matches… always the same narrow
people, the same mindless chatter. I felt like I was standing at a great
precipice, with no one to pull me back, no one who cared… or even
ANGLE BENEATH TABLE showing Rose’s hand, holding a tiny fork from her crab
salad. She pokes the crab-fork into the skin of her arm, harder and harder
until it draws blood.
62 INT. CORRIDOR / B DECK – NIGHT
Rose walks along the corridor. A steward coming the other way greets her,
and she nods with a slight smile. She is perfectly composed.
63 INT. ROSE’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
She enters the room. Stands in the middle, staring at her reflection in the
large vanity mirror. Just stands there, then–
With a primal, anguished cry she claws at her throat, ripping off her pearl
necklace, which explodes across the room. In a frenzy she tears at herself,
her clothes, her hair… then attacks the room. She flings everything off
the dresser and it flies clattering against the wall. She hurls a
handmirror against the vanity, cracking it.
64 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE, AFT – NIGHT
Rose runs along the B deck promenade. She is dishevelled, her hair flying.
She is crying, her cheeks streaked with tears. But also angry, furious!
Shaking with emotions she doesn’t understand… hatred, self-hatred,
desperation. A strolling couple watch her pass. Shocked at the emotional
display in public.
65 EXT. POOP DECK – NIGHT
Jack is kicked back on one of the benches gazing at the stars blazing
gloriously overhead. Thinking artist thoughts and smoking a cigarette.
Hearing something, he turns as Rose runs up the stairs from the well deck.
They are the only two on the stern deck, except for QUARTERMASTER ROWE,
twenty feet above them on the docking bridge catwalk. She doesn’t see Jack
in the shadows, and runs right past him.
TRACKING WITH ROSE as she runs across the deserted fantail. Her breath
hitches in an occasional sob, which she suppresses. Rose slams against the
base of the stern flagpole and clings there, panting. She stares out at the
Then starts to climb over the railing. She has to hitch her long dress way
up, and climbing is clumsy. Moving methodically she turns her body and gets
her heels on the white-painted gunwale, her back to the railing, facing out
toward blackness. 60 feet below her, the massive propellers are churning
the atlantin into white foam, and a ghostly wake trails off toward the
IN A LOW ANGLE, we see Rose standing like a figurehead in reverse. Below
her are the huge letters of the name “TITANIC”.
She leans out, her arms straightening… looking down hypnotized, into the
vortex below her. Her dress and hair are lifted by the wind of the ship’s
movement. The only sound, above the rush of water below, is the flutter and
snap of the big Union Jack right above her.
Don’t do it.
She whips her head around at the sound of his voice. It takes a second for
her eyes to focus.
Stay back! Don’t come any closer!
Jack sees the tear tracks on her cheeks in the faint glow from the stern
Take my hand. I’ll pull you back in.
No! Stay where you are. I mean it. I’ll let go.
No you won’t.
What do you mean no I won’t? Don’t presume to tell me what I will and will
not do. You don’t know me.
You would have done it already. Now come on, take my hand.
Rose is confused now. She can’t see him very well through the tears, so she
wipes them with one hand, almost losing her balance.
You’re distracting me. Go away.
I can’t. I’m involved now. If you let go I have to jump in after you.
Don’t be absurd. You’ll be killed.
He takes off his jacket.
I’m a good swimmer.
He starts unlacing his left shoe.
The fall alone would kill you.
It would hurt. I’m not saying it wouldn’t. To be honest I’m a lot more
concerned about the water being so cold.
She looks down. The reality factor of what she is doing is sinking in.
(taking off his left shoe)
Freezing. Maybe a couple degrees over.
He starts unlacing his right shoe.
Ever been to Wisconsin?
Well they have some of the coldest winters around, and I grew up there,
near Chippewa Falls. Once when I was a kid me and my father were
ice-fishing out on Lake Wissota… ice-fishing’s where you chop a hole in
I know what ice fishing is!
Sorry. Just… you look like kind of an indoor girl. Anyway, I went through
some thin ice and I’m tellin’ ya, water that cold… like that right down
there… it hits you like a thousand knives all over your body. You can’t
breath, you can’t think… least not about anything but the pain.
(takes off his other shoe)
Which is why I’m not looking forward to jumping in after you. But like I
said, I don’t see a choice. I guess I’m kinda hoping you’ll come back over
the rail and get me off the hook here.
That’s what everybody says. But with all due respect, I’m not the one
hanging off the back of a ship.
He slides one step closer, like moving up on a spooked horse.
Come on. You don’t want to do this. Give me your hand.
Rose stares at this madman for a long time. She looks at his eyes and they
somehow suddenly seem to fill her universe.
She unfastens one hand from the rail and reaches it around toward him. He
reaches out to take it, firmly.
I’m Jack Dawson.
Pleased to meet you, Mr. Dawson.
Rose starts to turn. Now that she has decided to live, the height is
terrifying. She is overcome by vertigo as she shifts her footing, turning
to face the ship. As she starts to climb, her dress gets in the way, and
one foot slips off the edge of the deck.
She plunges, letting out a piercing SHRIEK. Jack, gripping her hand, is
jerked toward the rail. Rose barely grabs a lower rail with her free hand.
QUARTERMASTER ROWE, up on the docking bridge hears the scream and heads for
I’ve got you. I won’t let go.
Jack holds her hand with all his strength, bracing himself on the railing
with his other hand. Rose tries to get some kind of foothold on the smooth
hull. Jack tries to lift her bodily over the railing. She can’t get any
footing in her dress and evening shoes, and she slips back. Rose SCREAMS
Jack, awkwardly clutching Rose by whatever he can get a grip on as she
flails, gets her over the railing. They fall together onto the deck in a
tangled heap, spinning in such a way that Jack winds up slightly on top of
Rowe slides down the ladder from the docking bridge like it’s a fire drill
and sprints across the fantail.
Here, what’s all this?!
Rowe runs up and pulls Jack off of Rose, revealing her dishevelled and
sobbing on the deck. Her dress is torn, and the hem is pushing up above her
knees, showing one ripped stocking. He looks at Jack, the shaggy steerage
man with his jacket off, and the first class lady clearly in distress, and
starts drawing conclusions. Two seamen chug across the deck to join them.
Here you, stand back! Don’t move an inch!
(to the seamen)
Fetch the Master at Arms.
66 EXT. POOP DECK – NIGHT
A few minutes later. Jack is being detained by the burly MASTER AT ARMS,
the closest thing to a cop on board. He is handcuffing Jack. Cal is right
in front of Jack, and furious. He has obviously just rushed out here with
Lovejoy and another man, and none of them have coats over their black tie
evening dress. The other man is COLONEL ARCHIBALD GRACIE, a mustachioed
blowhard who still has his brandy snifter. He offers it to Rose, who is
hunched over crying on a bench nearby, but she waves it away. Cal is more
concerned with Jack. He grabs him by the lapels.
What made you think you could put your hands on my fiancee?! Look at me,
you filth! What did you think you were doing?!
Cal, stop! It was an accident.
It was… stupid really. I was leaning over and I slipped.
Rose looks at Jack, getting eye contact.
I was leaning way over, to see the… ah… propellers. And I slipped and I
would have gone overboard… and Mr. Dawson here saved me and he almost
went over himself.
You wanted to see the propellers?
(shaking his head)
Women and machinery do not mix.
MASTER AT ARMS
Was that the way of it?
Rose is begging him with her eyes not to say what really happened.
Uh huh. That was pretty much it.
He looks at Rose a moment longer. Now they have a secret together.
Well! The boy’s a hero then. Good for you son, well done!
So it’s all’s well and back to our brandy, eh?
Jack is uncuffed. Cal gets Rose to her feet and moving.
(rubbing her arms)
Let’s get you in. You’re freezing.
Cal is leaving without a second thought for Jack.
Ah… perhaps a little something for the boy?
Oh, right. Mr. Lovejoy. A twenty should do it.
Is that the going rate for saving the woman you love?
Rose is displeased. Mmm… what to do?
Cal turns back to Jack. He appraises him condescendingly… a steerage
ruffian, unwashed and ill-mannered.
Perhaps you could join us for dinner tomorrow, to regale our group with
your heroic tale?
(looking straight at Rose)
Sure. Count me in.
Good. Settled then.
Cal turns to go, putting a protective arm around Rose. he leans close to
Gracie as they walk away.
This should be amusing.
(as Lovejoy passes)
Can I bum a cigarette?
Lovejoy smoothly draws a silver cigarette case from his jacket and snaps it
open. Jack takes a cigarette, then another, popping it behind his ear for
later. Lovejoy lights Jack’s cigarette.
You’ll want to tie those.
(Jack looks at his shoes)
Interesting that the young lady slipped so mighty all of a sudden and you
still had time to take of your jacket and shoes. Mmmm?
Lovejoy’s expression is bland, but the eyes are cold. He turns away to join
67 INT. ROSE’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
As she undresses for bed Rose sees Cal standing in her doorway, reflected
in the cracked mirror of her vanity. He comes toward her.
I know you’ve een melancholy, and I don’t pretent to know why.
From behind his back he hands her a large black velvet jewel case. She
takes it, numbly.
I intended to save this till the engagement gals next week. But I thought
tonight, perhaps a reminder of my feeling for you…
Rose slowly opens the box. Inside is the necklace… “HEART OF THE OCEAN”
in all its glory. It is huge… a malevolent blue stone glittering with an
infinity of scalpel-like inner reflections.
My God… Cal. Is it a–
Daimond. Yes it is. 56 carats.
He takes the necklace and during the following places it around her throat.
He turns her to the mirror, staring behind her.
It was once worn by Louis the Sixteenth. They call it Le Coeur de la Mer,
The Heart of the Ocean. Cal, it’s… it’s overwhelming.
He gazes at the image of the two of them in the mirror.
It’s for royalty. And we are royalty.
His fingers caress her neck and throat. He seems himself to be disarmed by
Rose’s elegance and beauty. His emotion is, for the first time, unguarded.
There’s nothing I couldn’t give you. There’s nothing I’d deny you if you
would deny me. Open your heart to me, Rose.
CAMERA begins to TRACK IN ON ROSE. Closer and closer, during the following:
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
Of course his gift was only to reflect light back onto himself, to
illuminate the greatness that was Caledon Hockley. It was a cold stone… a
heart of ice.
Finally, when Rose’s eyes FILL FRAM, we MORPH SLOWLY to her eyes as the are
now… transforming through 84 years of life…
68 INT. KELDYSH IMAGING SHACK
Without a cut the wrinkled, weathered landscape of age has appeared around
her eyes. But the eyes themselves are the same.
After all these years, feel it closing around my throat like a dog collar.
THE CAMERA PUllS BACK to show her whole face.
I can still feel its weight. If you could have felt it, not just seen it…
Well, that’s the general idea, my dear.
So let me get this right. You were gonna kill yourself by jumping off the
But Rose laughs with Bodine.
All you had to do was wait two days!
Lovett, standing out of Rose’s sightline, checks his watch. Hours have
passed. This process is taking too long.
Rose, tell us more about the diamond. What did Hockley do with it after
Im afraid I’m feeling a little tired, Mr. Lovett.
Lizzy picks up the cue and starts to wheel her out.
Wait! Can you give us something go on, here. Like who had access to the
safe. What about this Lovejoy guy? The valet. Did he have the combination?
Lizzy takes her out. Rose’s old hand reapears at the doorway in a frail
69 EXT. LAUNCH AREA/KELDYSH DECK – DAY
As the big hydraulic jib swings one of the Mir subs out over the water.
Lovett walks as he talks with Bobby Buell, the partners’ rep. They weave
among deck cranes, launch crew, sub maintenance guys.
The partners are pissed.
Bobby, buy me time. I need time.
We’re running thirty thousand a day, and we’re six days over. I’m telling
you what they’re telling me. The hand is on the plug. It’s starting to
Well you tell the hand I need another two days! Bobby, Bobby, Bobby…
we’re close! I smell it. I smell ice. She had the diamond on… now we just
have to find out where it wound up. I just gotta work her a bit more. Okay?
Brock turns and sees Lizy standing behind him. She has overheard the past
part of his dialogue with Buell. He goes to her and hustles her away from
Buell, toward a quite spot on the deck.
Hey, Lizzy. I need to talk to you for a second.
Don’t you mean work me?
Look, I’m running out of time. I need your help.
I’m not going to help you browbeat my hundred and
one year old grandmother. I came down here to tell you to back off.
(with undisguised desperation)
Lizzy… you gotta understand something. I’ve bet it all to find the Heart
of the Ocean. I’ve got all my dough tied up in this thing. My wife even
divorced me over this hunt. I need what’s locked inside your grandma’s
(he holds out his hand)
You see this? Right here?
She looks at his hand, palm up. Empty. Cupped, as if around an imaginary
That’s the shape my hand’s gonna be when I hold that thing. You understand?
I’m not leaving here without it.
Look, Brock, she’s going to do this her way, in her own time. Don’t forget,
she contacted you. She’s out here for her own reasons, God knows what they
Maybe she wants to make peace with the past.
What past? She has never once, not once, ever said a word about being on
the Titanic until two days ago.
Then we’re all meeting your grandmother for the first time.
(looks at him hard)
You think she was really there?
Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’m a believer. She was there.
70 INT. IMAGING SHACK
Bodine starts the tape recorder. Rose is gazing at the screen seeing THE
LIVE FEED FROM THE WRECK–SNOOP DOG is moving along the starboard side of
the hull, heading aft. The rectangular windows of A deck (forward) march
past on the right.
The next day, Saturday, I remember thinking how the sunlight felt.
71 EXT. B DECK TITANIC – DAY
MATCH DISSOLVE from the rusting hulk to the gleaming new Titanic in 1912,
passing the end of the enclosed promenade just as Rose walks into the
sunlight right in front of us. She is stunningly dressed and walking with
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
As if I hadn’t felt the sun in years.
IT IS SATURDAY APRIL 13, 1912. Rose unlatches the gate to go down into
third class. The steerage men on the deck stop what they’re doing and stare
72 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
The social center of steerage life. It is stark by comparison to the
opulence of first class, but is a loud, boisterous place. There are mothers
with babies, kids running between the benches yelling in several languages
and being scolded in several more. There are old women yelling, men playing
chess, girls doing needlepoint and reading dime novels. There is even an
upright piano and Tommy Ryan is noodling around it.
Three boys, shrieking and shouting, are scrambling around chasing a rat
under the benches, trying to whomp it with a shoe and causing general
havoc. Jack is playing with 5 year old CORA CARTMeLL, drawing funny faces
together in his sketchbook.
Fabrizio is struggling to get a conversation going with an attractive
Norwegian girl, HELGA DAHL, sitting with her family at a table across the
No Italian? Some little English?
No, no. Norwegian. Only.
Helga’s eye is caught by something. Fabrizio looks, does a take… and
Jack, curious, follows their gaze to see…
Rose, coming toward them. The activity in the room stops… a hush falls.
Rose feels suddenly self-conscious as the steerage passengers stare openly
at this princess, some with resentment, others with awe. She spots Jack and
gives a little smile, walking straight to him. He rises to meet her,
Fabrizio and Tommy are floored. Its like the slipper fitting Cinderella.
Could I speak to you in private?
Uh, yes. Of course. After you.
He motions her ahead and follows. Jack glances over his shoulder, one
eyebrow raised, as he walks out with her leaving a stunned silence.
73 EXT. BOAT DECK – DAY
Jack and Rose walk side by side. They pass people reading and talking in
steamer chairs, some of whom glance curiously at the mismatched couple. He
feels out of place in his rough clothes. They are both awkward, for
So, you got a name by the way?
Rose. Rose DeWitt Bukater.
That’s quite a moniker. I may hafta get you to write that down.
There is an awkward pause.
Mr. Dawson, I–
Jack… I feel like such an idiot. It took me all morning to get up the
nerve to face you.
Well, here you are.
Here I am. I… I want to thank you for what you did. Not just for… for
pulling me back. But for your discretion.
You’re welcome. Rose.
Look, I know what you must be thinking! Poor little rich girl. What does
she know about misery?
That’s not what I was thinking. What I was thinking was… what could have
happened to hurt this girl so much she though she had no way out.
I don’t… it wasn’t just one thing. It was everything. It was them, it was
their whole world. And I was trapped in it, like an insect in amber.
(in a rush)
I just had to get away… just run and run and run… and then I was at the
back rail and there was no more ship… even the Titanic wasn’t big enough.
Not enough to get away from them. And before I’d really though about it, I
was over the rail. I was so furious. I’ll show them. They’ll be sorry!
Uh huh. They’ll be sorry. ‘Course you’ll be dead.
(she lowers her head)
Oh God, I am such an utter fool.
That penguin last night, is he one of them?
Penguin? Oh, Cal! He is them.
Is he your boyfriend?
Worse I’m afraid.
She shows him her engagement ring. A sizable diamond.
Gawd look at that thing! You would have gone straight to the bottom.
They laugh together. A passing steward scowls at Jack, who is clearly not a
first class passenger, but Rose just glares at him away.
So you feel like you’re stuck on a train you can’t get off ’cause you’re
marryin’ this fella.
So don’t marry him.
If only it were that simple.
It is that simple.
Oh, Jack… please don’t judge me until you’ve seen my world.
Well, I guess I will tonight.
Looking for another topic, any other topic, she indicates his sketchbook.
Just some sketches.
The question is rhetorical because she has already grabbed the book. She
sits on a deck chair and opens the sketchbook. ON JACK’S sketches… each
one an expressive little bit of humanity: an old woman’s hands, a sleeping
man, a father and daughter at the rail. The faces are luminous and alive.
His book is a celebration of the human condition.
Jack, these are quite good! Really, they are.
Well, they didn’t think too much of ’em in Paree.
Some loose sketches fall out and are taken by the wind. Jack scrambles
after them… catching two, but the rest are gone, over the rail.
Oh no! Oh, I’m so sorry. Truly!
Well, they didn’t think too much of ’em in Paree.
He snaps his wrist, shaking his drawing hand in a flourish.
I just seem to spew ’em out. Besides, they’re not worth a damn anyway.
For emphasis he throws away the two he caught. They sail off.
She goes back to the book, turning a page.
She has come upon a series of nudes. Rose is transfixed by the languid
beauty he has created. His nudes are soulful, real, with expressive hands
and eyes. They feel more like portraits than studies of the human form…
almost uncomfortably intimate. Rose blushes, raising the book as some
strollers go by.
(trying to be very adult)
And these were drawn from life?
Yup. That’s one of the great things about Paris. Lots of girls willing take
their clothes off.
She studies one drawing in particular, the girl posed half in sunlight,
half in shadow. Her hands lie at her chin, one furled and one open like a
flower, languid and graceful. The drawing is like an Alfred Steiglitz print
of Georgia O’Keefe.
You liked this woman. You used her several times.
She had beautiful hands.
I think you must have had a love affair with her…
No, no! Just with her hands.
(looking up from the drawings)
You have a gift, Jack. You do. You see people.
I see you.
There it is. That piercing gaze again.
You wouldn’ta jumped.
74 INT. RECEPTION ROOM / D-DECK – DAY
Ruth is having tea with NOEL LUCY MARTHA DYER-EDWARDES, the COUNTESS OF
ROTHES, a 35ish English blue-blood with patirician features. Ruth sees
someone coming across the room and lowers her voice.
Oh no, that vulgar Brown woman is coming this way. Get up, quickly before
she sits with us.
Molly Brown walks up, greeting them cheerfully as they are rising.
Hello girls, I was hoping I’d catch you at tea.
We’re awfully sorry you missed it. The Countess and I are just off to take
the air on the boat deck.
That sounds great. Let’s go. I need to catch up on the gossip.
Ruth grits her teeth as the three of them head for the Grand Staircase to
go up. TRACKING WITH THEM, as they cross the room, the SHOT HANDS OFF to
Bruce Ismay and Captain Smith at another table.
So you’ve not lit the last four boilers then?
No, but we’re making excellent time.
Captain, the press knows the size of Titanic, let them marvel at her speed
too. We must give them something new to print. And the maiden voyage of
Titnaic must make headlines!
I prefer not to push the engines until they’ve been properly run in.
Of course I leave it to your good offices to decide what’s best, but what a
glorious end to your last crossing if we get into New York Tuesday night
and surprise them all.
(Ismay slaps his hand on the table)
Retire with a bang, eh, E.J?
A beat. Then Smith nods, stiffy.
75 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE – DAY
Rose and Jack stroll aft, past people lounging on deck chairs in the
slanting late-afternoon light. Stewards scurry to serve tea or hot cocoa.
(girlish and excited)
You know, my dream has always been to just chuck it all and become an
artist… living in a garret, poor but free!
You wouldn’t last two days. There’s no hot water, and hardly ever any
(angry in a flash)
Listen, buster… I hate caviar! And I’m tired of people dismissing my
dreams with a chuckle and a pat on the head.
I’m sorry. Really… I am.
Well, alright. There’s something in me, Jack. I feel it. I don’t know what
it is, whether I should be an artist, or, I don’t know… a dancer. Like
Isadora Duncan…. a wild pagan spirit…
She leaps forward, lands deftly and whirls like a dervish. Then she sees
something ahead and her face lights up.
…or a moving picture actress!
She takes his hand and runs, pulling him along the deck toward–
DANIEL AND MARY MARVIN. Daniel is cranking the big wooden movie camera as
she poses stiffly at the rail.
You’re sad. Sad, sad, sad. You’ve left your lover on the shore. You may
never see him agian. Try to be sadder, darling.
SUDDENLY Rose shoots into the shot and strikes a theatrical pose at the
rail next to Mary. Mary bursts out laughing. Rose pulls Jack into the
picture and makes him pose.
Marvin grins and starts yelling and gesturing. We see this in CUTS, with
music and no dialogue.
SERIES OF CUTS:
Rose posing tragically at the rail, the back of her hand to her forehead.
Jack on a deck chair, pretending to be a Pasha, the two girls pantomiming
fanning him like slave girls.
Jack, on his knees, pleading with his hands clasped while Rose, standing,
turns her head in bored disdain.
Rose cranking the camera, while Daniel and Jack have a western shoot-out.
Jack wins and leers into the lens, twirling an air mustache like Snidely
76 EXT. A DECK PROMENADE / AFT – SUNSET
Painted with orange light, Jack and Rose lean on the A-deck rail aft,
shoulder to shoulder. The ship’s lights come on.
It is a magical moment… perfect.
So then what, Mr. Wandering Jack?
Well, then logging got to be too much like work, so I went down to Los
Angelas to the pier in Santa Monica. That’s a swell place, they even have a
rollercoaster. I sketched portraits there for ten cents a piece.
A whole ten cents?!
(not getting it)
Yeah; it was great money… I could make a dollar a day, sometimes. But
only in summer. When it got cold, I decided to go to Paris and see what the
real artists were doing.
(looks at the dusk sky)
Why can’t I be like you Jack? Just head out for the horizon whenever I feel
(turning to him)
Say we’ll go there, sometime… to that pier… even if we only ever just
talk about it.
Alright, we’re going. We’ll drink cheap beer and go on the rollercoaster
until we throw up and we’ll ride horses on the beach… right in the
surf… but you have to ride like a cowboy, none of that side-saddle stuff.
You mean one leg on each side? Scandalous! Can you show me?
Sure. If you like.
(smiling at him)
I think I would.
(she looks at the horizon)
And teach me to spit too. Like a man. Why should only men be able to spit.
They didn’t teach you that in finishing school? Here, it’s easy. Watch
He spits. It arcs out over the water.
Rose screws up her mouth and spits. A pathetic little bit of foamy spittle
which mostly runs down her chin before falling off into the water.
Nope, that was pitiful. Here, like this… you hawk it down… HHHNNNK!…
then roll it on your tongue, up to the front, like thith, then a big breath
and PLOOOW!! You see the range on that thing?
She goes through the steps. Hawks it down, etc. He coaches her through it
(ad lib) while doing the steps himself. She lets fly. So does he. Two
comets of gob fly out over the water.
That was great!
Rose turns to him, her face alight. Suddenly she blanches. He sees her
expression and turns.
RUTH, the Countess of Rothes, and Molly Brown have been watching them
hawking lugees. Rose becomes instantly composed.
Mother, may I introduce Jack Dawson.
Charmed, I’m sure.
Jack has a little spit running down his chin. He doesn’t know it. Molly
Brown is grinning. As Rose proceeds with the introductions, we hear…
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
The others were gracious and curious about the man who’d saved my life. But
my mother looked at him like an insect. A dangerous insect which must be
Well, Jack, it sounds like you’re a good man to have around in a sticky
They all jump as a BUGLER sounds the meal call right behind them.
Why do they insist on always announcing dinner like a damn cavalry charge?
Shall we go dress, mother?
(over her shoulder)
See you at dinner, Jack.
(as they walk away)
Rose, look at you… out in the sun with no hat. Honestly!
The Countess exits with Ruth and Rose, leaving Jack and Molly alone on
Son, do you have the slightest comprehension of what you’re doing?
Well, you’re about to go into the snakepit. I hope you’re ready. What are
you planning to wear?
Jack looks down at his clothes. Back up at her. He hadn’t thought about
77 INT. MOLLY BROWN’S STATEROOM
Men’s suits and jackets and formal wear are strewn all over the place.
Molly is having a fine time. Jack is dressed, except for his jacket, and
Molly is tying his bow tie.
Don’t feel bad about it. My husband still can’t tie one of these damn
things after 20 years. There you go.
She picks up a jacket off the bed and hands it to him. Jack goes into the
bathroom to put it on. Molly starts picking up the stuff off the bed.
I gotta buy everything in three sizes ’cause I never know how much he’s
been eating while I’m away.
She turns and sees him, though we don’t.
My, my, my… you shine up like a new penny.
78 EXT. BOAT DECK / FIRST CLAsS ENTRANCE – DUSK
A purple sky, shot with orange, in the west. Drifting strains of classic
music. We TRACK WITH JACK along the deck. By Edwardian standards he looks
badass. Dashing in his borrowed white-tie outfit, right down to his pearl
A steward bows and smartly opens the door to the First Class Entrance.
Good evening, sir.
Jack plays the role smoothly. Nods with just the right degree of disdain.
79 INT. UPPER LANDING / GRAND STAIRCASE AND A-DECK
Jack steps in and his breath is taken away by the splendor spread out
before him. Overhead is the enormous glass dome, with a crystal chandelier
at its center. Sweeping down six stories is the First Class Grand
Staircase, the epitome of the opulent naval architecture of the time.
And the people: the women in their floor length dresses, elaborate
hairstyles and abundant jewelry… the gentlemen in evening dress, standing
with one hand at the small of the back, talking quietly.
Jack descends to A deck. Several men nod a perfunctory greeting. He nods
back, keeping it simple. He feels like a spy.
Cal comes down the stairs, with Ruth on his arm, covered in jewelry. They
both walk right past Jack, neither one gecognizeing him. Cal nods at him,
one gent to another. But Jack barely has time to be amused. Because just
behind Cal and Ruth on the stairs is Rose, a vision in red and black, her
low-cut dress showing off her neck and shoulders, her arms seathed in white
gloves that come well above above the elbow. Jack is hypnotized by her
CLOSE ON ROSE as she approaches Jack. He imitates the gentlemen’s stance,
hand behind his back. She extends her gloved hand and he takes it, kissing
the back of her fingers. Rose flushes, beaming noticeably. She can’t take
her eyes off him.
I saw that in a nickelodean once, and I always wanted to do it.
Cal, surely you remember Mr. Dawson.
(caught off guard)
Dawson! I didn’t recognize you.
Amazing! You could almost pass for a gentlemen.
80 INT. D-DECK RECEPTION ROOM
CUT TO THE RECEPTION ROOM ON D DECK, as the party descends to dinner. They
encounter Molly Brown, looking good in a beaded dress, in her own busty
broad-shouldered way. Molly grins when she sees Jack. As they are going
into the dining saloon she walks next to him, speaking low:
Ain’t nothin’ to it, is there, Jack?
Yeah, you just dress like a pallbearer and keep your nose up.
Remember, the only thing they respect is money, so just act like you’ve got
a lot of it and you’re in the club.
As they enter the swirling throng, Rose leans close to him, pointing out
There’s the Countess Rothes. And that’s John Jacob Astor… the richest man
on the ship. His little wifey there, Madeleine, is my age and in a delicate
condition. See how she’s trying to hide it. Quite the scandal.
(nodding toward a couple)
And over there, that’s Sir Cosmo and Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon. She designs
naughty lingerie, among her many talents. Very popular with the royals.
Cal becomes engrossed in a conversations with Cosmo Duff-Gordon and Colonel
Gracie, while Ruth, the Countess and Lucille discuss fashion. Rose picots
Jack smoothly, to show him another couple, dressed impeccably.
And that’s Benjamin Guggenheim and his mistress, Madame Aubert. Mrs.
Guggenheim is at home with the children, of course.
Cal, meanwhile, is accepting the praise of his male counterparts, who are
looking at Rose like a prize show horse.
Hockley, she is splendid.
Cal’s a lucky man. I know him well, and it can only be luck.
Ruth steps over, hearing the last. She takes Cal’s arm, somewhat
How can you say that Colonel? Caledon Hockley is a great catch.
The entourage strolls toward the dining saloon, where they run into the
Astor’s going through the ornate double doors.
J.J., Madeleine, I’d like you to meet Jack Dawson.
(shaking his hand)
Good to meet you Jack. Are you of the Boston Dawsons?
No, the Chippewa Falls Dawsons, actually.
J.J. nods as if he’s heard of them, then looks puzzled. Madeleine Astor
appraises Jack and whispers girlishly to Rose:
It’s a pity we’re both spoken for, isn’t it?
81 INT. DINING SALOON
Like a ballroom at the palace, alive and lit by a constellation of
chandeliers, full of elegantly dressed people and beautiful music from
BANDLEADER WALLACE HARTLEY’S small orchestra. As Rose and Jack enter and
move across the room to their table, Cal and Ruth beside them, we hear…
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
He must have been nervous but he never faltered. They assumed he was one of
them… a young captain of industry perhaps… new money, obviously, but
still a memeber of the club. Mother of course, could always be counted
82 INT. DINING SALOON
CLOSE ON RUTH.
Tell us of the accommodations in steerage, Mr. Dawson. I hear they’re quite
good on this ship.
WIDER: THE TABLE. Jack is seated opposite Rose, who is flanked by Cal and
Thomas Andrews. Also at the table are Molly Brown, Ismay, Colonel Gracie,
the Countess, Guggenheim, Madame Aubert, and the Astors.
The best I’ve seen, m’am. Hardly any rats.
Rose motions surreptitiously for Jack to take his napkin off his plate.
Mr. Dawson is joining us from third class. He was of some assistance to my
fiancee last night.
(to Jack, as if to a child)
This is foie gras. It’s goose liver.
We see whispers exchanged. Jack becomesthe subject of furtive glances. Now
they’re all feeling terribly liberal and dangerous.
(low to Madame Aubert)
What is Hockly hoping to prove, bringing this… bohemian… up here?
How do you take your caviar, sir?
(answering for him)
Just a soupcon of lemon…
(to Jack, smiling)
…it improves the flavor with champagne.
(to the waiter)
No caviar for me, thanks.
Never did like it much.
He looks at Rose, pokerfaced, and she smiles.
And where exactly do you live, Mr. Dawson?
Well, right now my address is the RMS Titanic. After that, I’m on God’s
Salad is served. Jack reaches for the fish fork. Rose gives him a look and
picks up the salad fork, prompting him with her eyes. He changes forks.
You find that sort of rootless existence appealing, do you?
Well… it’s a big world, and I want to see it all before I go. My father
was always talkin’ about goin’ to see the ocean. He died in the town he was
born in, and never did see it. You can’t wait around, because you never
know what hand you’re going to get dealt next. See, my folks died in a fire
when I was fifteen, and I’ve been on the road since. Somethin’ like that
teaches you to take life as it comes at you. To make each day count.
Molly Brown raises her glass in a salute.
Well said, Jack.
(raising his glass)
Rose raises her glass, looking at Jack.
To making it count.
Ruth, annoyed that Jack has scored a point, presses him further.
How is it you have the means to travel, Mr. Dawson?
I work my way from place to place. Tramp steamers and such. I won my ticket
on Titanic here in a lucky hand at poker.
(he glances at Rose)
A very lucky hand.
All life is a game of luck.
A real man makes his own luck, Archie.
Rose notices that Thomas Andrews, sitting next to her, is writing in his
notebook, completely ignoring the conversation.
Mr. Andrews, what are you doing? I see you everywhere writing in this
(grabs it and reads)
Increase number of screws in hat hooks from 2 to 3. You build the biggest
ship in the world and this preoccupies you?!
Andrews smiles sheepishly.
He knows every rivet in her, don’t you Thomas?
All three million of them.
His blood and soul are in the ship. She may be mine on paper, but in the
eyes of God she belongs to Thomas Andrews.
Your ship is a wonder, Mr. Andrews. Truly.
We see that Andrews has come under Rose’s spell.
83 TIME TRANSITION: Dessert has been served and a waiter arrives with
cigars in a humidor on a wheeled cart. The men start clipping ends and
(low, to Jack)
Nest it’ll be brandies in the Smoking Room.
Well, join me for a brandy, gentlemen?
Now they retreat into a cloud of smoke and congratulate each other on being
masters of the universe.
Joining us, Dawson? You don’t want to stay out here with the women, do you?
Actually he does, but…
No thanks. I’m heading back.
Probably best. It’ll be all business and politics, that sort of thing.
Wouldn’t interest you. Good of you to come.
Cal and te other gentlemen exit.
Jack, must you go?
Time for my coach to turn back into a pumpkin.
He leans over to take her hand.
INSERT: We see him slip a tiny folded not into her palm.
Ruth, scowling, watches him walk away across the enormous room. Rose
surreptitiously opens the note below table level. It reads: “Make it count.
Meet me at the clock”.
84 INT. A-DECK FOYER-NIGHT
Rose crosses the A-Deck foyer, sighting Jack at the landing above. Overhead
is the crystal dome. Jack has his back to her, studying the ornate clock
with its carved figures of Honor and Glory. It softly strikes the hour.
MOVING WITH ROSE as she goes up the sweeping staircase toward him. He
turns, sees her… smiles.
Want to go to a real party?
85 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
Crow led and alive with music, laughter and raucous carrying on. An ad hoc
band is gathered near the upright piano, honking out lively stomping music
on fiddle, accoridon and tambourine. People of all ages are dancing,
drinking beer and wine, smoking, laughing, even brawling.
Tommy hands Rose a pint of stout and she hoists it. Jack meanwhile dances
with 5 year old Cora Cartmell, or tries to, with her standing on his feet.
As the tune ends, Rose leans down to the little girl.
May I cut in, miss?
You’re still my best girl, Cora.
Cora scampers off. Rose and Jack face each other. She is trembling as he
takes her right hand in his left. His other hand slides to the small of her
back. It is an electrifying moment.
I don’t know the steps.
Just move with me. Don’t think.
The music starts and they are off. A little awkward at first, she starts to
get into it. She grins at Jack as she starts to get the rhythm of the
She bends down, pulling off her high heeled shoes, and flings them to
Tommy. Then she grabs Jack and they plunge back into the fray, dancing
faster as the music speeds up.
87 INT. THIRD CLASS GENERAL ROOM
The scene is rowdy and rollicking. A table gets knocked over as a drunk
crashes into it. And in the middle of it… Rose dancing with Jack in her
stocking feet. The steps are fast and she shines with sweat. A space opens
around them, and people watch them, clapping as the band plays faster and
FABRIZIO AND HELGA. Dancing has obviated the need for a common language. He
whirls her, then she responds by whirling him… Fabrizio’s eyes go wide
when he realizes she’s stronger than he is.
The tune ends in a mad rush. Jack steps away from Rose with a flourish,
allowing her to take a bow. Exhilarated and slightly tipsy, she does a
graceful ballet ployer, feet turned out perfectly. Everyone laughs and
applauds. Rose is a hit with the steerage folks, who’ve never had a lady
party with them.
They move to a table, flushed and sweaty. Rose grabs Fabrizio’s cigarette
and takes a big drag. She’s feeling cocky. Fabrizio is grinning, holding
hands with Helga.
How you two doin’?
I don’t know hwat she’s say, she don’t know what I say, so we get along
Tommy walks up with a pint for each of them. Rose chugs hers, showing off.
You think a first class girl can’t drink?
Everybody else is dancing again, and Bjorn Gundersen crashes into Tommy,
who sloshes his beer over Rose’s dress. She laughs, not caring. But Tommy
lunges, grabbing Bjorn and wheeling him around.
You stupid bastard!!
Bjorn comes around, his fists coming up… and Jack leaps into the middle
of it, pushing them apart.
Boys, boys! Did I ever tell you the one about the Swede and the Irishman
goin’ to the whorehouse?
Tommy stands there, all piss and vinegar, chest puffed up. Then he grins
and claps Bjorn on the shoulder.
So, you think you’re big tough men? Let’s see you do this.
In her stocking feet she assumes a ballet stance, arms raised, and goes up
on point, taking her entire weight on the tips of her toes. The guys gape
at her incredible muscle control. She comes back down, then her face screws
up in pain. She grabs one foot, hopping around.
Oooowww! I haven’t done that in years.
Jack catches her as she loses her balance, and everyone cracks up.
THE DOOR to the well deck is open a few inches as Lovejoy watches through
the gap. He sees Jack holding Rose, both of them laughing.
LOVEJOY closes the door.
88 EXT. BOAT DECK – NIGHT
The stars blaze overhead, so bright and clear you can see the Milky Way.
Rose and Jack walk along the row of lifeboats. Still giddy from the party,
they are singing a popular song “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine”.
Come Josephine in my flying machine
And it’s up she goes! Up she goes!
In the air she goes. Where? There she goes!
They fumble the words and break down laughing. They have reached the First
Class Entrance, but don’t go straight in, not wanting the evening to end.
Through the doors the sound of the ship’s orchestra wafts gently. Rose
grabs a davit and leans back, staring at the cosmos.
Isn’t it magnificent? So grand and endless.
She goes to the rail and leans on it.
They’re such small people, Jack… my crowd. They think they’re giants on
the earth, but they’re not even dust in God’s eye. They live inside this
little tiny champagne bubble… and someday the bubble’s going to burst.
He leans at the rail next to her, his hand just touching hers. It is the
slightest contact imaginable, and all either one of them can feel is that
square inch of skin where their hands are touching.
You’re not one of them. There’s been a mistake.
Uh huh. You got mailed to the wrong address.
I did, didn’t I?
Look! A shooting star.
That was a long one. My father used to say that whenever you saw one, it
was a soul going to heaven.
I like that. Aren’t we supposed to wish on it?
Jack looks at her, and finds that they are suddenly very close together. It
would be so easy to move another couple of inches, to kiss her. Rose seems
to be thinking the same thing.
What would you wish for?
After a beat, Rose pulls back.
Something I can’t have.
(she smiles sadly)
Goodnight, Jack. And thank you.
She leaves the rail and hurries through the First Class Entrance.
But the door bangs shut, and she is gone. Back to her world.
89 INT. ORSE AND CAL’S SUITE / PRIVATE PROMENADE – DAY
SUNDAY APRIL 14, 1912. A bright clear day. Sunlight splashing across the
promenade. Rose and Cal are having breakfast in silence. The tension is
palpable. Trudy Bolt, in her maid’s uniform, pours the coffee and goes
I had hoped you would come to me last night.
I was tired.
Yes. Your exertions below decks were no doubt exausting.
I see you had that undertaker of a manservant follow me.
You will never behave like that again! Do you understand?
I’m not some foreman in your mills than you can command! I am your
Cal explodes, sweeping the breakfast china off the table with a crash. He
moves to her in one shocking moment, glowering over her and gripping the
sides of her chair, so she is trapped between his arms.
Yes! You are! And my wife… in practice, if not yet by law. So you will
honor me, as a wife is required to honor her husband! I will not be made
out a fool! Is this in any way unclear?
Rose shrinks into the chair. She sees Trudy, frozen, partway through the
door bringing the orange juice. Cal follows Rose’s glance and straightens
up. He stalks past the maid, entering the stateroom.
We… had a little accident. I’m sorry, Trudy.
90 INT. RUTH’S SUITE – DAY
Rose is dressed for the day, and is in the middle of helping Ruth with her
corset. The tight bindings do not inhibit Ruth’s fury at all.
You are not to see that boy again, do you understand me Rose? I forbid it!
Rose has her knee at the base of her mother’s back and is pulling the
corset strings with both hands.
Oh, stop it, Mother. You’ll give yourself a nosebleed.
Ruth pulls away from her, and crosses to the door, locking it. CLACK!
(wheeling on her)
Rose, this is not a game! Our situation is precarious. You know the money’s
Of course I know it’s gone. You remind me every day!
Your father left us nothing but a legacy of bad debts hidden by a good
name. And that name is the only card we have to play.
Rose turns her around and grabs the corset strings again. Ruth sucks in her
waist and Rose pulls.
I don’t understand you. It is a fine match with Hockley, and it will insure
(hurt and lost)
How can you put this on my shoulders?
Rose turns to her, and we see what Rose sees– the naked fear in her
Do you want to se me working as a seamstress? Is that what you want? Do you
want to see our fine things sold at an auction, our memories scattered to
the winds? My God, Rose, how can you be so selfish?
It’s so unfair.
Of course it’s unfair! We’re women. Our choices are never easy.
Rose pulls the corset tighter.
91 INT. FIRST CLASS DINING SALOON
At the divine service, Captain Smith is leading a group in the hymn
“Almighty Father Strong To Save.” Rose and Ruth sing in the middle of the
Lovejoy stands well back, keeping an eye on Rose. He notices a commotion at
the entry doors. Jack has been halted there by two stewards. He is dressed
in his third class clothes, and stands there, hat in hand, looking out of
Look, you, you’re not supposed to be in here.
I was just here last night… don’t you remember?
(seeing Lovejoy coming toward him)
He’ll tell you.
Mr. Hockley and Mrs. DeWitt Bukater continue to be most appreciative of
your assistance. They asked me to give you this in gratitude–
He holds out two twenty dollar bills, which Jack refuses to take.
I don’t want money, I–
–and also to remind you that you hold a third class ticket and your
presence here is no longer appropriate.
Jack spots Rose but she doesn’t see him.
I just need to talk to Rose for a–
Gentlemen, please see that Mr. Dawson gets back where he belongs.
(giving the twenties to the stewards)
And that he stays there.
Come along you.
END ON ROSE, not seeing Jack hustled out.
O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.
92 INT. GYMNASIUM – DAY
An Edwardian nautilus room. There are machines we recognize, and some
don’t. A woman pedals a stationary bicycle in a long dress, looking
rediculous. Thomas Andrews is leading a small tour group, including Rose,
Ruth and Cal. Cal is wroking the oars of a stationary rowing machine with a
well trained stroke.
Reminds me of my Harvard days.
T.W. McCAULEY, the gym instructor, is a bouncy little man in white
flannels, eager to show off his modern equipment, like his present-day
counterpart on an “Abflex” infomercial. He hits a switch and a machine with
a saddle on it starts to undulate. Rose puts her hand on it, curious.
The electric horse is very popular. We even have an electric camel.
Care to try your hand at the rowing, m’am?
Don’t be absurd. I can’t think of a skill I should likely need less.
The next stop on our tour will be bridge. This way, please.
93 EXT. AFT WELL DECK, B-DECK AND A-DECK – DAY
Jack, walking with determination, is followed closely by Tommy and
Fabrizio. He quickly climbs the steps to B-Deck and steps over the gate
separating 3rd from 2nd class.
She’s a goddess amongst mortal men, there’s no denyin’. But she’s in
another world, Jackie, forget her. She’s closed the door.
Jack moves furtively to the wall below the A-Deck promenade, aft.
It was them, not her.
(glancing around the deck)
Tommy shakes his head resignedly and puts his hands together, crouching
down. Jack steps into Tommy’s hands and gets boosted up to the next deck,
where he scrambles nimbly over the railing, onto the First Class deck.
He’s not bein’ logical, I tell ya.
Amore is’a not logical.
94 EXT. A-DECK / AFT – DAY
A man is playing with his son, who is spinning a top with a string. The
man’s overcoat and hat are sitting on a deck chair nearby. Jack emerges
from behind one of the huge deck cranes and calmly picks up the coat and
bowler hat. He walks away, slipping into the coat, and slicks his hair back
with spit. Then puts the hat on at a jaunty angle. At a distance he could
pass for a gentlemen.
95 INT. BRIDGE / CHARTROOM – DAY
HAROLD BRIDE, the 21 year old Junior Wireless Operator, hustles in and
skirts around Andrews’ tour group to hand a Marconigram to Captain Smith.
Another ice warning, sir. This one from the “Baltic”.
Smith glances at the message then nonchalantly puts it in his pocket. He
nods reassuringly to Rose and the group.
Not to worry, it’s quite normal for this time of year. In fact, we’re
speeding up. I’ve just ordered the last boilers lit.
Andrews scowls slightly before motioning the group toward the door. They
exit just as SECOND OFFICER CHARLES HERBERT LIGHTOLLER comes out of the
chartroom, stopping next to First Officer Murdoch.
Did we ever find those binoculars for the lookouts?
FIRST OFFICER MURDOCH
Haven’t seen them since Southampton.
96 EXT. BOAT DECK / STARBOARD SIDE – DAY
Andrews leads the group back from the bridge along the boat deck.
Mr. Andrews, I did the sum in my head, and with the number of lifeboats
times the capacity you mentioned… forgive me, but it seems that there are
not enough for everyone aboard.
About half, actually. Rose, you miss nothing, do you? In fact, I put in
these new type davits, which can take an extra row of boats here.
(he gestures along the eck)
But it was thought… by some… that the deck would look too cluttered. So
I was over-ruled.
(slapping the side of a boat)
Waste of deck space as it is, on an unsinkable ship!
Sleep soundly, young Rose. I have built you a good ship, strong and true.
She’s all the lifeboat you need.
As they are passing Boat 7, a gentlemen turns from the rail and walks up
behind the group. It is Jack. He taps Rose on the arm and she turns,
gasping. He motions and she cuts away from the group toward a door which
Jack holds open. They duck into the–
97 INT. GYMNASIUM – DAY
Jack closes the door behind her, and glances out through the ripple-glass
window to the starboard rail, where the gym instructor is chatting up the
woman who was riding the bike. Rose and Jack are alone in the room.
Jack, this is impossible. I can’t see you.
He takes her by the shoulders.
Rose, you’re no picnic… you’re a spoiled little brat even, but under that
you’re a strong, pure heart, and you’re the most amazingly astounding girl
I’ve ever known and–
No wait. Let me try to get this out. You’re amazing… and I know I have
nothing to offer you, Rose. I know that. But I’m involved now. You jump, I
jump, remember? I can’t turn away without knowin’ that you’re goin’ to be
Rose feels the tears coming to her eyes. Jack is so open and real… not
like anyone she has ever known.
You’re making this very hard. I’ll be fine. Really.
I don’t think so. They’ve got you in a glass jar like some butterfly, and
you’re goin’ to die if you don’t break out. Maybe not right away, ’cause
you’re strong. But sooner or later the fire in you is goin’ to go out.
It’s not up to you to save me, Jack.
You’re right. Only you can do that.
I have to get back, they’ll miss me. Please, Jack, for both our sakes,
leave me alone.
98 INT. FIRST CLASS LOUNG – DAY
The most elegant room on the ship, done in Louis Quinze Versaille style.
Rose sits on a divan, with a group of other women arrayed around her. Ruth,
the Countess Rothes and Lady Duff-Gordon are taking tea. Rose is silent and
still as a porcelain figurine as the conversation washes around her.
Of course the invitations had to be sent back to the printers twice. And
the bridesmaids dresses! Let me tell you what an odyssey that has been…
TRACKING SLOWLY IN on Rose as Ruth goes on.
REVERSE, ROSE’S POV: A tabeau of MOTHER and DAUGHTER having tea. The four
year old girl, wearing white gloves, daintily picking up a cookie. The
mother correcting her on her posture, and the way she holds the teacup. The
little girl is trying so hard to please, her expression serious. A glimpse
of Rose at that age, and we see the relentless conditioning… the pain to
becoming an Edwardian geisha.
ON ROSE. She calmly and deliberately turns her teacup over, spilling tea
all over her dress.
Oh, look what I’ve done.
99 EXT. TITANIC – DAY
TITANIC STEAMS TOWARD US, in the dusk light, as if lit by the embers of a
giant fire. As the ship looms, FILLING FRAME, we push in on the bow. Jack
is there, right at the apex of the bow railing, his favorite spot. He
closes his eyes, letting the chill wind clear his head.
Jack hears her voice, behind him…
He turns and she is standing there.
I changed my mind.
He smiles at her, his eyes drinking her in. Her cheeks are red with the
chill wind, and her eyes sparkle. Her hair blows wildly about her face.
Fabrizio said you might be up–
Sssshh. Come here.
He puts his hands on her waist. As if he is going to kiss her.
Close your eyes.
She does, and he turns her to face forward, the way the ship is going. He
presses her gently to the rail, standing right behind her. Then he takes
her two hands and raises them until she is standing with her arms
outstetched on each side. Rose is going along with him. When he lowers his
hands, her arms stay up… like wings.
Okay. Open them.
Rose gasps. There is nothing in her field of vision but water. It’s like
there is no ship under them at all, just the two of them soaring. The
Atlantic unrolls toward her, a hammered copper shield under a dusk sky.
There is only the wind, and the hiss of the water 50 feel below.
She leans forward, arching her back. He puts his hands on her waist to
Come Josephine in my flying machine…
Rose cleses her eyes, feeling herself floating weightless far above the
sea. She smiles dreamily, then leans back, gently pressing her back against
his chest. He pushes forward slightly against her.
Slowly he raises his hands, arms outstretched, and they meet hers…
fingertips gently touching. Then their fingers intertwine. Moving slowly,
their fingers caress through and around each other like the bodies of two
Jack tips his face forward into her blowing hair, letting the scent of her
wash over him, until his cheek is agianst her ear.
Rose turns her head until her lips are near his. She lowers her arms,
turning further, until she finds his mouth with hers. He wraps his arms
around her from behind, and they kiss like this with her head turned and
tilted back, surrendering to him, to the emotion, to the inevitable. They
kiss, slowly and tremulously, and then with building passion.
Jack and the ship seem to merge into one force of power and optimism,
lifting her, buoying her forward on a magical journey, soaring onward into
a night without fear.
100 IN THE CROW’S NEST, high above and behind them, lookout FREDERICK FLEET
nudges his mate, REGINALD LEE, pointing down at the figures in the bow.
Wish I had those bleedin’ binoculars.
101 JACK AND ROSE, embracing at the bow rail, DISSOLVE SLOWLY AWAY, leaving
the ruined bow of the WRECK–
102 INT. KELDYSH IMAGING SHACK
OLD ROSE blinks, seeming to come back to the present. She sees the wreck on
the screen, the sad ghost ship deep in the abyss.
That was the last time Titanic ever saw daylight.
Brock Lovett changes the tape in the minicassette recorder.
So we’re up to dusk on the night of the sinking. Six hours to go.
Don’t you love it? There’s Smith, he’s standing there with the iceberg
warning in his fucking hand…
… excuse me… in his hand, and he’s ordering more speed.
26 years of experience working against him. He figures anything big enough
to sink the ship they’re going to see in time to turn. But the ship’s too
big, with too small a rudder… it can’t corner worth shit. Everything he
knows is wrong.
ROSE is ignoring this conversation. She has the art-nouveau comb with the
jade butterfly on the handle in her hands, turning it slowly. She is
watching a monitor, which shows the ruins of Suite B-52/56. PUSH IN until
the image fills frame.
103 INT. ROSE’S SUITE
… 1912. Like in a dream the beautiful woodwork and satin upholstery
emerge from the rusted ruin. Jack is overwhelmed by the opulence of the
room. He sets his sketchbood and drawing materials on the marble table.
Will this light do? Don’t artists need good light?
(bad French accent)
Zat is true, I am not used to working in such ‘orreeble conditions.
(seeing the paintings)
He crouches next to the paintings stacked against the wall.
Isn’t he great… the use of color? I saw him once… through a hole in
this garden fence in Giverny.
She goes into the adjoining walk-in wardrobe closet. He sees her go to the
safe and start working the combination. He’s fascinated.
Cal insist on luggin this thing everywhere.
Should I be expecting him anytime soon?
Not as long as the cigars and brandy hold out.
CLUNK! She unlocks the safe. Glancing up, she meets his eyes in the mirror
behind the safe. She opens it and removes the necklace, then holds it out
to Jack who takes it nervously.
What is it? A sapphire?
A diamond. A very rare diamond, called the Heart of the Ocean.
Jack gazes at wealth beyond his comprehension.
I want you to draw me like your French girl. Wearing this.
(she smiles at him)
Wearing only this.
He looks up at her, surprised, and we CUT TO:
104 ROSE’S BEDROOM. ON THE BUTTERFLY COMB as Rose draws it out of her hair.
She shakes her head and her hair falls free around her shoulders.
105 IN THE SITTING ROOM Jack is laying out his pencils like surgical tools.
His sketchbook is open and ready. He looks up as she comes into the room,
wearing a silk kimono.
The last thing I need is another picture of me looking like a china doll.
As a paying customer, I expect to get what I want.
She hands him a dime and steps back, parting the kimono. The blue stone
lies on her creamy breast. Her heart is pounding as she slowly lowers the
Jakc looks so stricken, it is almost comical. The kimono drops to the floor
(this is all in cuts, lyrical).
Tell me when it looks right to you.
She poses on the divan, settling like a cat into the position we remember
from the drawing… almost.
Uh… just bend your left leg a little and… and lower your head. Eyes to
me. That’s it.
Jack starts to sketch. He drops his pencil and she stifles a laugh.
I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste. I can’t imagine Monsieur Monet
He does landscapes.
TIGHT ON JACK as his eyes come up to look at her over the top edge of his
sketchpad. We have seen this image of him before, in her memory. It is an
image she will carry the rest of her life.
Despite his nervousness, he draws with sure strokes, and what emerges is
the best thing he has ever done. Her pose is languid, her hands beautiful,
and her eyes radiate her energy.
PUSH SLOWLY IN ON ROSE’S FACE…
106 INT. KELDYSH / IMAGING SHACK
MATCH DISSOLVE/MORPH to Rose, 101 years old. Only her eyes are the same.
My heart was pounding the whole time. It was the most erotic moment of my
life… up till then at least.
CUT TO REVERSE: A semicircle of listeners staring in rapt, frozen silence.
The story of Jack and Rose has finally and completely grabbed them.
What, uh… happened next?
You mean, did we “do it”?
107 INT. ROSE AND CAL’S SUITE – NIGHT
BACK TO 1912. Jack is signing the drawing. Rose, wearing her kimono again,
is leaning on his shoulder, watching.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
Sorry to disappoint you Mr. Bodine.
Rose gazes at the drawing. He has X-rayed her soul.
Date it, Jack. I want to always remember this night.
He does: 4/14/1912. Rose meanwhile scribbles a note on a piece of Titanic
stationary. We don’t see what it says. She accepts the drawing from him,
and crosses to the safe in the wardrobe.
She puts the diamond back in the safe, placing hte drawing and the note on
top of it. Closes the door with a CLUNK!
108 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM – NIGHT
Lovejoy enters from the Palm Court through the revolving door and crosses
the room toward Hockley. A fire is blazing in the marble fireplace, and the
usual fatcats are playing cards, drinking and talking. Cal sees Lovejoy and
detaches from his group, coming to him.
None of the stewards have seen her.
(low but forceful)
This is ridiculous, Lovejoy. Find her.
109 EXT. ATLANTIC – NIGHT
TITANIC glides across an unnatural sea, blakc and calm as a pool of oil.
The ships lights are mirrored almost perfectly in the black water. The sky
is brilliant with stars. A meteor traces a bright line across the heavens.
110 ON THE BRIDGE, Captain Smith peers out at the blackness ahead of the
ship. QUARTERMASTER HITCHINS brings him a cup of hot tea with lemon. It
steams in the bitter cold of the open bridge. Second Officer Lightoller is
next to him, staring out at the sheet of black glass the Atlantic has
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a flat calm, in 24 years at sea.
Yes, like a mill pond. Not a breath of wind.
It’s make the bergs harder to see, with no breaking water at the base.
Mmmmm. Well, I’m off. Maintain speed and heading, Mr. Lightoller.
And wake me, of course, if anything becomes in the slightest degree
111 INT. ROSE AND CAL’S SUITE
Rose, fully dressed now, returns to the sitting room. They hear a key in
the lock. Rose takes Jack’s hand and leads him silently through the
bedrooms. Lovejoy enters by the sitting room door.
Miss Rose? Hello?
He hears a door opening and goes through Cal’s room toward hers.
112 INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE SUITE
Rose and Jack come out of her stateroom, closing the door. She leads him
quickly along the corridor toward the B deck foyer. They are halfway across
the open space when the sitting room door opens in the corridor and Lovejoy
comes out. The valet sees Jack with Rose and hustles after them.
She and Jack break into a run, surprising the few ladies and gentlemen
about. Rose leads him past the stairs to the bank of elevators. They run
into one, shocking the hell out of the OPERATOR.
Take us down. Quickly, quickly!
The Operator scrambles to comply. Jack even helps him close the steel gate.
Lovejoy runs up as the lift starts to descend. He slams one hand on the
bars of the gate. Rose makes a very rude and unladylike gesture, and laughs
as Lovejoy disappears above. The Operator gapes at her.
113 INT. E-DECK FOYER / ELEVATORS
Lovejoy emerges from another lift and runs to the one Jack and Rose were
in. The Operator is just closing the gate to go back up. Lovejoy runs
around the bank of elevators and scans the foyer… no Jack and Rose. He
tries the stairs going down to F-Deck.
114 INT. F-DECK CORRIDORS / FAN ROOM
A functional space, with access to a number of machine spaces (fan rooms,
boiler uptakes). Jack and Rose are leaning against a wall, laughing.
Pretty tough for a valet, this fella.
He’s an ex-Pinkerton. Cal’s father hired him to keep Cal out of trouble…
to make sure he always got back to the hotel with his wallet and watch,
after some crawl through the less reputable parts of town…
Kinda like we’re doin’ right now– uh oh!
Lovejoy has spotted them from a cross-corridor nearby. He charges toward
them. Jack and Rose run around a corner into a blind alley. There is one
door, marked CREW ONLY, and Jack flings it open.
115 They enter a roaring RAN ROOM, with no way out but a ladder going down.
Jack latches the deadbolt on the door, and Lovejoy slams against it a
moment later. Jack grins at Rose, pointing to the ladder.
After you, m’lady.
116 INT. BOILER ROOM FIVE AND SIX
Jack and Rose come down the escape ladder and look around in amazement. It
is like a vision of hell itself, with the roaring furnaces and black
figures moving in the smoky glow. They run the length of the boiler room,
dodging amazed stokers, and trimmers with their wheelbarrows of coal.
(shouting over the din)
Carry on! Don’t mind us!
They run through the open watertight door into BOILER ROOM SIX. Jack pulls
her through the fiercely hot alley between two boilers and they wind up in
the dark, out of sight of the working crew. Watching from the shadows, they
see the stokers working in the hellish glow, shovelling coal into the
insatiable maws of the furnaces. The whole place thunders with the roar of
117 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM
Amid unparalled luxury, Cal sits at a card game, sipping brandy.
We’re going like hell I tel you. I have fifty dollars that says we make it
into New York Tuesday night!
Cal looks at his gold pocket watch, and scowls, not listening.
119 INT. BOILER ROOM SIX
The furnaces roar, silhouetting the glistening stokers. Jack kisses Rose’s
face, tasting the sweat trickling down from her forehead. They kiss
passionately in the steamy, pounding darkness.
120 INT. HOLD #2
Jack and Rose enter and run laughing between the rows of stacked cargo. She
hugs herself against the cold, after the dripping heat of the boiler room.
They come upon William Carter’s brand new RENAULT touring car, lashing down
to a pallet. It looks like a royal coach from a fairy tale, its brass trim
and headlamps nicely set off by its deep burgundy color.
Rose climbs into the plushly upholstered back seat, acting very royal.
There are cut crystals bud vases on the walls back there, each containing a
rose. Jack jumps into the driver’s seat, enjoying hte feel of the leather
Where to, Miss?
To the stars.
ON JACK as her hands come out of the shadows and pull him over the seat
into the back. He lands next to her, and his breath seems loud in the quiet
darkness. He looks at her and she is smiling. It is the moment of truth.
Are you nervous?
Au contraire, mon cher.
He strokes her face, cherishing her. She kisses his artist’s fingers.
Put your hands on me Jack.
He kisses her, and she slides down in the seat under his welcome weight.
121 INT. WIRELESS ROOM
A BRILLIANT ARC OF ELECTRICITY fills frame– the sparks gap of the Marconi
instrument as SENIOR WIRELESS OPERATOR JACK PHILLIPS (24) rapidly keys out
a message. Junior Operator Bride looks through the huge stack of outgoing
messages swamping them.
Look at this one, he wants his private train to meet him. La dee da.
(slaps them down)
We’ll be up all bloody night on this lot.
Phillips start to receive an incoming message from a nearby ship, the
Leyland frieghter CALIFORNIAN, which jams his outgoing signal. At such
close range, the beeps are deafening.
Christ! It’s that idiot on the Californian.
Cursing, Phillips furiously keys a rebuke.
122 INT. / EXT. WIRELESS SHAK / FREIGHTER CALIFORNIAN
Wireless Operater CYRIL EVANS pulls his earphone off his ear as the
Titanic’s spark deafens him. he translates the message for THIRD OFFICER
Stupid bastard. I try to warn him about the ice, and he says “Keep out.
Shut up. I’m working Cape Race.”
Now what’s he sending?
“No seasickness. Poker business good. Al”. Well that’s it for me. I’m
As Evans wearily switches off his generator, Groves goes out on deck. PAN
oFF Him to reveal the ship is stopped fifty yards from the edge of a field
of pack ice and icebergs stretching as far as the eye can see.
123 EXT. OCEAN / TITANIC
ON TITANIC, steaming hellbent through the darkness, hurling up white water
at the bows. The bow comes straight at us, until the bow wave WIPES THE
124 INT. HOLD #2
PUSHING IN on the rear window of the Renault, which is completely fogged
up. Rose’s hand comes up and slams against the glass for a moment, making a
handprint in the veil of condensation.
INSIDE THE CAR, Jack’s overcoat is liek a blanket over them. It stirs and
Rose pulls it down. They are huddled under it, intertwined, still mostly
clothed. Their faces are flushed and they look at each other wonderingly.
She puts her hand on his face, as if making sure he is real.
It’s okay. I’m alright.
He lays his cheek against her chest.
I can feel your heart beating.
She hugs his head to her chest, and just holds on for dear life.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
Well, I wasn’t the first teenage girl to get seduced in the backseat of a
car, and certainly not the last, by several million. He had such fine
hands, artists’ hands, but strong too… roughened by work. I remember
their touch even now.
125 EXT. ATLANTIC / TITANIC – NIGHT
The bow sweeps under us, and the CAMERA CLIMBS toward the foremast and the
tiny half-cylinder of the crow’s nest, which grows as we push in on
lookouts Fleet and Lee. They are stamping their feet and swinging their
arms, trying to keep warm in the 22 knot freezing wind, which whips capor
of their breath away behind.
You can smell ice, you know, when it’s near.
Well I can.
126 INT. BOILER ROOM SIX
Without hearing hte words over the roar of the furnaces, we see stokers
telling TWO STEWARDS which way Rose and Jack went. The stewards move off
toward the forward holds.
127 INT. CAL AND ROSE’S SUITE
Cal stands at the open safe. He stares at the drawing of Rose and his face
clenches with fury. He reads the not again: “DARLING, NOW YOU CAN KEEP US
BOTH LOCKED IN YOUR SAFE, ROSE”.
Lovejoy, standing behind him, looks over his shoulder at the drawing. Cal
crumples Rose’s not, then takes the drawing in both hands as if to rip it
in half. He tenses to do it, then stops himself.
I have a better idea.
128 INT. HOLD #2 – NIGHT
The two stewards enter. They have electric torches and play the beams
around the hold. They spot the Renault with its fogged up rear window and
approach it slowly.
FROM INSIDE we see the torch light up Rose’s passionate handprint, still
there on the fogged up glass. One steward whips open the door.
REVERSE: the back seat is empty.
129 EXT. FORWARD WELL DECK AND CROW’S NEST – NIGHT
Rose and Jack, fully dressed, come through a crew door onto the deck. They
can barely stand, they are laughing so hard.
UP ABOVE THEM, IN THE CROW’S NEST, lookout Fleet hears the disturbance
below and looks around and back down to the well deck, where he can see two
Jack and Rose stand in each others arms. Their breath clouds around them in
the now freezing air, but they don’t even feel the cold.
When this ship docks, I’m getting off with you.
This is crazy.
I know. It doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I trust it.
Jack pulls her to him and kisses her fiercely.
130 IN THE CROW’S NEST Fleet nudges Lee.
Cor… look at that, would ya.
They’re a bloody sight warmer than we are.
Well if that’s what it takes for us two to get warm, I’d rather not, if
it’s all the same.
They both have a good laugh at that one. It is Fleet whose expression falls
first. Glancing forward again, he does a double take. The color drains out
of his face.
FLEET’S POV: a massive iceberg right in their path, 500 yards out.
Fleet reaches past Lee and rings the lookout bell three times, then grabs
the telephone, calling the bridge. He waits precious seconds for it to be
picket up, never taking his eyes off the black mass ahead.
Pick up, ya bastard.
131 INT. / EXT. BRIDGE
Inside the enclosed wheelhous, SIXTH OFFICER MOODY walks unhurriedly to the
telephone, picking it up.
Is someone there?
Yes. What do you see?
Iceberg right ahead!
(hangs up, calls to Murdoch)
Iceberg right ahead!
Murdoch sees it and rushes to the engine room telegraph. While signaling
“FULL SPEED ASTERN” he yells to Quartermaster Hitchins, who is at the
Hard a’ starboard.
(standing behind Hitchins)
Hard’a starboard. The helm is hard over, sir.
CRASH SEQUENCE / SERIES OF CUTS:
132 CHIEF ENGINEER BELL is just checking the soup he has warming on a steam
manifold when the engine telegraph clangs, then goes… incredibly… to
FULL SPEED ASTERN. He and the other ENGINEERS just stare at it a second,
unbelieving. Then Bell reacts.
Full astern! FULL ASTERN!!
The engineers and greasers like madmen to close steam valves and start
braking the mighty propeller shafts, big as Sequias, to a stop.
133 IN BOILER ROOM SIX, Leading Stoker FREDERICK BARRETT is standing with
2nd Engineer JAMES HESKETH when the red warning light and “STOP” indicator
Shut all dampers! Shut ’em!!
134 FROM THE BRIDGE Murdoch watches the burg growing… straight ahead. The
bow finally starts to come left (since the ship turns the reverse of the
MURDOCH’S jaw clenches as the bow turns with agonizing slowness. He holds
his breath as the horrible physics play out.
135 IN THE CROW’S NEST Frederick Fleet braces himself.
136 THE BOW OF THE SHIP thunders right at CAMERA and–
KRUUUNCH!! The ship hits the berg on its starboard bow.
137 UNDERWATER we see the ice smashing in the steel hull plates. The
iceberg bumps and scrapes along the side of the ship. Rivets pop as the
steel plate of the hull flexes under the load.
138 IN #2 HOLD the two stewards stagger as the hull buckles in four feet
with a sound like THUNDER. Like a sledgehammer beating along outside the
ship, the berg splits the hull plates and the sea pour in, sweeping them
off their feert. The icy water swirls around the Renault as the men
scramble for the stairs.
139 ON G-DECK forward Fabrizio is tossed in his bunk by the impact. He
hears a sound like the greatly amplified squeal of a skate on ice.
140 IN BOILER ROOM SIX Barret and Hesketh stagger as they hear the ROLLING
THUNDER of the collision. They see the starboard side of the ship buckle in
toward them and are almost swept off their feet by a rush of water coming
in about two feet above the floor.
141 ON THE FORWARD WELL DECK Jack and Rose break their kiss and look up in
astonishment as the berg sails past, blocking out the sky like a mountain.
Fragments break off it and crash down onto the deck, and they have to jump
back to avoid flying chunks of ice.
142 ON THE BRIDGE Murdoch rings the watertight door alarm. He quicky throws
the switch that closes them.
Hard a ‘port!
Judging the berg to be amidships, he is trying to clear the stern.
143 BARRETT AND HESKETH hear the DOOR ALARM and scramble through the
swirling water to the watertight door between Boiler Rooms 6 and 5. The
room is full of water vapor as the cold sea strikes the red hot furnaces.
Barrett yells to the stokers scrambling through the door as it comes down
like a slow guillotine.
Go Lads! Go! Go!
He dives through into Boiler Room 5 just before the door rumbles down with
144 JACK AND ROSE rush to the starboard rail in time to see the berg moving
aft down the side of the ship.
145 In his stateroom, surrounded by piles of plans while making notes in
his ever-present book, Andrews looks up at the sound of a cut-crystal light
fixture tinkling like a windchime.
He feels the shudder run through the ship. And we see it in his face. Too
much of his soul is in this great ship for him not to feel its mortal
146 IN THE FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM Gracie watches his highball vibrating
on the table.
147 IN THE PALM COURT, with its high arched windows, Molly Brown holds up
her drink to a passing waiter.
Hey, can I get some ice here, please?
Silently, a moving wall of ice fills the window behind her. She doesn’t see
it. It disappears astern.
149 IN THE CROW’S NEST Fleet turns to his Lee…
Oy, mate… that was a close shave.
Smell ice, can you? Bleedin’ Christ!
150 INT. / EXT. BRIDGE
CLOSE ON MURDOCH. The alarm bells still clatter mindlessly, seeming to
reflect his inner state. He is in shock, unable to get a grip on what just
happened. He just ran the biggest ship in history into an iceberg on its
(stiffly, to Moody)
Note the time. Enter it in the log.
Captain Smith rushes out of his cabin onto the bridge, tucking in his
What was that, Mr. Murdoch?
An iceberg, sir. I put her hard a’ starboard and run the engines full
astern, but it was too close. I tried to port around it, but she hi… and
Close the emergency doors.
The doors are closed.
Together they rush out onto the starboard wing, and Murdoch points. Smith
looks into the darkness aft, then wheels around to FOURTH OFFICER BOHALL.
Find the Carpenter and get him to sound the ship.
151 INT. G-DECK FORWARD
In steerage, Fabrizio comes out into the hall to see what’s going on. He
sees dozens of rats running toward him in the corridor, fleeing the
flooding bow. Fabrizio jumps aside as the rats run by.
Ma– che cazzo!
152 IN HIS STATEROOM Tommy gets out of his top bunk in the dark and drops
down to the floor. SPLASH!!
Cor!! What in hell–?!
He naps on the light. The floor is covered with 3 inches of freezing water,
and more coming in. He pulls the door open, and steps out into the
corridor, which is flooded. Fabrizio is running toward him, yelling
something in Italian. Tommy and Fabrizio start pounding on doors, getting
everybody up and out. The alarm spreads in several languages.
153 INT. FIRST CLASS CORRIDOR / A-DECK
A couple of people have come out into the corridor in robes and slippers. A
STeWARD hurries along, reassuring them.
Why have the engines stopped? I felt a shudder?
I shouldn’t worry, m’am. We’ve likely thrown a propeller blade, that’s the
shudder you felt. May I bring you anything?
THOMAS ANDREWS brushes past them, walking fast and carrying an armload of
rolled up ship’s plans.
154 EXT. FORWARD WELL DECK
Jack and Rose are leaning over the starboard rail, looking at the hull of
Looks okay. I don’t see anything.
Could it have damaged the ship?
It didn’t seem like much of a bump. I’m sure we’re okay.
Behind them a couple of steerage guys are kicking the ice around the deck,
155 INT. STEERAGE FORWARD
Fabrizio and Tommy are in a crowd of steerage men clogging the corridors,
heading aft away from the flooding. Many of them have grabbed suitcases and
duffel bags, some of which are soaked.
If this is the direction the rats were runnin’, it’s good enough for me.
156 INT. CORRIDOR ON B DECK
Bruce Ismay, dressed in pajamas under the topcoat, hurries down the
corridor, headed for the bridge. An officious steward named BARNES comes
along the other direction, getting the few concerned passengers back into
There’s no cause for alarm. Please, go back to your rooms.
He is stopped in his tracks by Cal and Lovejoy.
Please, sir. There’s no emergency–
Yes there is, I have been robbed. Now get the Master at Arms. Now you
157 INT. BRIDGE / CHARTROOM
C.U. CAPTAIN SMITH studying the commutator.
He turns to Andrews, standing behind him.
A five degree list in less than ten minutes.
SHIP’S CARPENTER JOHN HUTCHINSON enters behind him, out of breath and
She’s making water fast… in the forepeak tank and the forward holds, in
boiler room six.
ISMAY enters, his movements quick with anger and frustration. Smith glances
at him with annoyance.
Why have we stopped?
We’ve struck ice.
Well, do you think the ship is seriously damaged?
Smith pushes past him, with Andrews and Hutchinson in tow.
158 INT. BOILER ROOM 6
Strokers and firemen are struggling to draw the fires. They are working in
waist deep water churning around as it flows into the boiler room, ice cold
and swirling with grease from the machinery. Chief Engineer Bell comes
partway down the ladder and shouts.
That’s it, lads. Get the hell up!
They scramble up the escape ladders.
159 EXT. B-DECK FORWARD / WELL DECK
The gentlemen, now joined by another man, leans on the forward rail
watching the steerage men playing soccer with chunks of ice.
I guess it’s nothing too serious. I’m going back to my cabin to read.
A 20ish YALE MAN pops through the door wearing a topcoat over pajamas.
Say, did I miss the fun?
Rose and Jack come up the steps from the well deck, which are right next to
the three men. They stare as the couple climbs over the locked gate.
A moment later Captain Smith rounds the corner, followed by Andrews and
Carpenter Hutchinson. They have come down from the bridge by the outside
stairs. The three men, their faces grim, crush right past Jack and Rose.
Andrews barely glances at her.
Can you shore up?
Not unless the pumps get ahead.
The inspection party goes down the stairs to the well deck.
(low, to her)
We have to tell Mother and Cal.
Now it’s worse.
Come with me, Jack. I jump, you jump… Right?
Jack follows Rose through the door inside the ship.
160 INT. B-DECK FOYER / CORRIDOR
Jack and Rose cross the foyer, entering the corridor. Lovejoy is waiting
for them in the hall as they approach the room.
We’ve been looking for you miss.
Lovejoy follows and, unseen, moves close behind Jack and smoothly slips the
diamond necklace into the pocket of his overcoat.
161 INT. ROSE AND CAL’S SUITE
Cal and Ruth wait in the sitting room, along with the Master at Arms and
two stewards (Steward #1 and Barnes). Silence as Rose and Jack enter. Ruth
closes her robe at her throat when she sees Jack.
Something serious has happened.
That’s right. Two things dear to me have disappeared this evening. Now that
one is back…
(he looks from Rose to Jack)
… I have a pretty good idea where to fine the other.
(to Master at Arms)
The Master at Arms steps up to Jack.
MASTER AT ARMS
Coat off, mate.
Lovejoy pulls at Jack’s coat and Jack shakes his head in dismay, shrugging
out of it. The Master at Arms pats him down.
This is horseshit.
Cal, you can’t be serious! We’re in the middle of an emergency and you–
Steward Barnes pulls the Heart of the Ocean out of the pocket of Jack’s
Is this it?
Rose is stunned. Needless to say, so is Jack.
MASTER AT ARMS
Right then. Now don’t make a fuss.
He starts to handcuff Jack.
Don’t you believe it, Rose. Don’t!
He couldn’t have.
Of course he could. Easy enough for a professional. He memorized the
combination when you opend the safe.
FLASHBACK: Rose at the safe, looking in the mirror and meeting Jack’s eyes
as he stands behind her, watching.
But I was with him the whole time.
(just to her, low and cold)
Maybe he did it while you were putting your clothes back on.
They put it in my pocket!
(holding Jack’s coat)
It’s not even your pocket, son.
“Property of A. L. Ryerson”.
Lovejoy shows the coat to the Master at Arms. There is a label inside the
collar with the owner’s name.
MASTER AT ARMS
That was reported stolen today.
I was going to return it! Rose–
Rose feels utterly betrayed, hurt and confused. She shrinks away from him.
He starts shouting to her as Lovejoy and the Master at Arms drag him out
into the hall. She can’t look him in the eye.
Rose, don’t listen to them… I didn’t do this! You know I didn’t! You know
She is devastated. Her mother lays a comforting hand on her shoulder as te
tears well up.
Why do women believe men?
162 INT. MAIL SORTING ROOM / HOLD
Smith and Andrews come down the steps to the Mail Sorting Room and finds
the clerks scrambling to pull mail from the racks. They are furiously
hauling wet sacks of mail up from the hold below.
Andrews climbs partway down the stairs to the hold, which is almost full.
Sacks of mail float everywhere. The lights are still on below the surface,
casting an eerie glow. The Renault is visible under the water, the brass
glinting cheerfully. Andrews looks down as the water covers his shoe, and
scrambles back up the stairs.
163 INT. BRIDE / CHARTROOM
Andrews unrolls a big drawing of the ship across the chartroom table. It is
a side elevation, showing all the watertight bulkheads. His hands are
shaking. Murdoch and Ismay hover behind Andrews and the Captain.
When can we get underway, do you think?
Smith glares at him and turns his attention to Andrews’ drawing. The
builder points to it for emphasis as he talks.
Water 14 feet above the keel in ten minutes… in the forepeak… in all
three holds… and in boiler room six.
Five compartments. She can stay afloat with the first four compartments
breached. But not five. Not five. As she goes down by the head the water
will spill over the tops of the bulkheads… at E Deck… from one to the
next… back and back. There’s no stopping it.
The pumps buy you time… but minutes only. From this moment, no matter
what we do, Titanic will founder.
But this ship can’t sink!
She is made of iron, sir. I assure you, she can. And she will. It is a
Smith looks like he has been gutpunched.
How much time?
An hour, two at most.
Ismay reels as his dream turns into his worst nightmare.
And how many aboard, Mr. Murdoch?
Two thousand two hundred souls aboard, sir.
A long beat. Smith turns to his employer.
I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.
164 EXT. BOAT DECK
Andrews is striding along the boat deck, as seamen and officers scurry to
uncover the boats. Steam is venting from pipes on the funnes overhead, and
the din is horrendous. Speech is difficult adding to the crew’s level of
disorganization. Andrews sees some men fumbling with the mechanism of one
of the Wellin davits and yells to them over the roar of steam.
Turn to the right! Pull the falls taut before you unchock. Have you never
had a boat drill?
No sir! Not with these new davits, sir.
He looks around, disguisted as the crew fumble with the davits, and the
tackle for the “falls”… the ropes which are used to lower the boats. A
few passengers are coming out on deck, hesitantly in the noise and bitter
165 INT. ROSE AND CAL’S SUITE
From inside the sitting room they can hear knocking and voices in the
I had better go dress.
Ruth exits and Hockley crosses to Rose. He regards her coldly for a moment,
then SLAPS her across the face.
It is a little slut, isn’t it?
To Rose the blow is inconsequential compared to the blow her heart has been
given. Cal grabs her shoulders roughly.
Look at me, you little–
There is a loud knock on the door and an urgent voice. The door opens and
their steward puts his head in.
Sir, I’ve been told to ask you to please put on your lifebelt, and come up
to the boat deck.
Get out. We’re busy.
The steward persists, coming in to get the lifebelts down from the top of a
I’m sorry about the inconvenience, Mr. Hockley, but it’s Captain’s orders.
Please dress warmly, it’s quite cold tonight.
(he hands a lifebelt to Rose)
Not to worry, miss, I’m sure it’s just a precaution.
This is ridiculous.
In the corridor outside the stewards are being so polite and obsequious
they are conveying no sense of danger whatsoever. However, it’s another
166 INT. STEERAGE BERTHING AFT
BLACKNESS. Then BANG! The door is thrown open and the lights snapped on by
a steward. The Cartmell family rouses from a sound sleep.
Everybody up. Let’s go. Put your lifebelts on.
IN THE CORRIDOR outside, another steward is going from door to door along
the hall, pouncing and yelling.
Lifebelts on. Lifebelts on. Everybody up, come on. Lifebelts on…
People come out of the doors behind the steward, perplexed. In the
foreground a SYRIAN WOMAN asks her husband what was said. He shrugs.
167 INT. WIRELESS ROOM
ON PHILLIPS, looking shocked.
That’s right. The distress call. CQD. Tell whoever responds that we are
going down by the head and need immediate assistance.
Smith hurries out.
Maybe you ought to try that new distress call… S.O.S.
It may be our only chance to use it.
Phillips laughs in spite of himself and starts sending history’s first
S.O.S. Dit dit dit, da da da, dit dit dit… over and over.
168 EXT. BOAT DECK
Thomas Andrews looks around in amazement. The deck is empty except for the
crew fumbling with the davits. He yells over the roar of the steam to First
Where are all the passengers?
They’ve all gone back inside. Too damn cold and noisy for them.
Andrews feels like he is in a bad dream. He looks at his pocketwatch and
heads for the foyer entrance.
169 INT. A-DECK FOYER
A large number of First Class passengers have gathered near the staircase.
They are getting indignant about the confusion. Molly Brown snags a passing
What’s doing, sonny? You’ve got us all trussed up and now we’re cooling our
The young steward backs away, actually stumbling on the stairs.
Sorry, mum. Let me go and find out.
The jumpy piano rhythm of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” comes out of the first
class lounge a few yards away. Band leader WALLACE HARTLEY has assembled
some of his men on Captain’s orders, to allay panic.
Hockley’s entourage comes up to the A-deck foyer. Cal is carrying the
lifebelts, almost as an afterthought. Rose is like a sleepwalker.
It’s just the God damned English doing everything by the book.
There’s no need for language, Mr. Hockley.
Go back and turn the heater on in my room, so it won’t be too cold when we
Thomas Andrews enters, looking around the magnificent room, which he knows
is doomed. Rose, standing nearby, sees his heartbroken expression. She
walks over to him and Cal goes after her.
I saw the iceberg, Mr. Andrews. And I see it in your eyes. Please tell me
The ship will sink.
Yes. In an hour or so… all this… will be at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Now it is Cal’s turn to look stunned. The Titanic? Sinking?
Please tell only who you must, I don’t want to be responsible for a panic.
And get to a boat quickly. Don’t wait. You remember what I told you about
Yes, I understand. Thankyou.
Andrews goes off, moving among the passengers and urging them to put on
their lifebelts and get to the boats.
170 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
Lovejoy and the Master at Arms are handcuffing Jack to a 4″ WATER PIPE as a
crewman rushes in anxiously and almost blurts to the Master at Arms–
You’re wanted by the Purser, sir. Urgently.
Go on. I’ll keep an eye on him.
Lovejoy pulls a pearl handled Colt .45 automatic from under his coat. The
Master at Arms nods and tosses the handcuff key to Lovejoy, then exits with
the crewman. Lovejoy flips the key in the air. Catches it.
171 INT. BRIDGE
Junior Wireless Operator Bride is relaying a message to Captain Smith from
the CUNARD LINER CARPATHIA.
Carpathia says they’re making 17 knots, full steam for them, sir.
And she’s the only one who’s responding?
The only one close, sir. She says they can be here in four hours.
The enormity of it hits Smith like a sledgehammer blow.
Thank you, Bride.
He turns as Bride exits, and looks out onto the blackness.
172 EXT. BOAT DECK – NIGHT
Lightoller has his boats swung out. He is standing amidst a crowd of
uncertain passengers in all states of dress and undress. One first class
woman is barefoot. Others are in stockings. The maitre of the restaurant is
in top hat and overcoat. Others are still in evening dress, while some are
in bathrobes and kimonos. Women are wearing lifebelts over velvet gowns,
then topping it with sble stoles. Some brought jewels, others books, even
Lightoller sees Smith walking stiffly toward him and quickly goes to him.
He yells into the Captain’s ear, through cupped hands, over the roar of the
Hadn’t we better get the women and children into the boats, sir?
Smith just nods, a bit abstractly. The fire has gone out of him. Lightoller
sees the awesome truth in Smith’s face.
(to the men)
Right! Start the loading. Women and children!
The appalling din of escaping steam abruptly cuts off, leaving a sudden
unearthly silence in which Lightoller’s voice echoes.
ON WALLACE HARTLEY raising his violin to play.
Number 26. Ready and–
The band has reassembled just outside the First Class Entrance, port side,
near where Lightoller is calling for the boats to be loaded. They strike up
a waltz, lively and elegant. The music wafts all over the ship.
Ladies, please. Step into the boat.
Finally one soman steps across the gap, into the boat, terrified of the
drop to the water far below.
WOMAN IN CROWD
You watch. They’ll put us off in these silly little boats to freeze, and
we’ll all be back on board by breakfast.
Cal, Rose and Ruth come out of the doors near the band.
My brooch, I left my brooch. I must have it!
She turns back to go to her room but Cal takes her by the arm, refusing to
let her go. The firmness of his hold surprises her.
Stay here, Ruth.
Ruth sees his expression, and knows fear for the first time.
173 INT. STEERAGE BERTHING AFT / CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELL
It is chaos, with stewards pushing their way through narrow corridors
clogged with peopel carrying suitcases, duffel bags, children. Some have
lifebelts on, others don’t.
(to Steward #3)
I told the stupid sods no luggage. Aw, bloody hell!
He throws up his hand at the sight of a family, loaded down with cases and
bags, completely blocking the corridor.
Fabrizio and Tommy push past the stewards, going the other way. They rech a
huge crowd gathered at the bottom of the MAIN 3RD CLASS STAIRWELL. Fabrizio
spots Helga with the rest of the Dahl family, standing patiently with
suitcases in hand. He reaches her and she grins, hugging him.
Tommy pushes to where he can see what’s holding up the group. There is a
steel gate across the top of the stairs, with several stewards and seamen
on the other side.
Stay calm, please. It’s not time to go up to the boats yet.
Near Tommy, an IRISHWOMAN stands stoically with two small children and
their battered luggage.
What are we doing, mummy?
We’re just waiting, dear. When they fiish putting First Class people in the
boats, they’ll be startin’ with us, and we’ll want to be all ready, won’t
174 EXT. STARBOARD SIDE
Boat 7 is less than half full, with 28 aboard a boat made for 65.
FIRST OFFICER MURDOCH
Lower away! By the left and right together, stady lads!
The boat lurches as the falls start to pay out through the pulley blocks.
The women gasp. The boat descends, swaying and jerking, toward the water 60
feet below. The passengers are terrified.
175 EXT. / INT. TITANIC HULL AND MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
TRACKING along the rows of portholes angling down into the water. Under the
surface, they glow green. PUSHING IN on one porthole which is have
submerged. Inside we see Jack, looking apprehensively at the water rising
up the glass.
INSIDE THE MASTER AT ARMS’ OFFICE Jack sits chained to the waterpipe, next
to the porthole. Lovejoy sits on the edge of a desk. He puts a .45 bullet
on the desk and watches it roll across and fall off. He picks up the
You know… I believe this ship may sink.
(crosses to Jack)
I’ve been asked to give you this small token of our appreciation…
He punches Jack hard in the stomach, knocking the wind out of him.
Compliments of Mr. Caledon Hockley.
Lovejoy flips the handcuff key in the air, catches it and puts it in his
pocket. He exits. Jack is left gasping, handcuffed to the pipe.
176 EXT. BOAT DECK / STARBOARD SIDE, FORWARD
At the stairwell rail on the bridge wing, Fourth Officer Boxhall and
Quartermaster Rowe light the first distress rocket. It shoots into the sky
and EXPLODES with a thunderclap over the ship, sending out white starbursts
which light up the entire deck as they fall.
WHIP PAN off the starbursts to Ismay. The Managing Director of White Star
Line is cracking. Already at the breaking point from his immense guilt, the
rocket panics him. He starts shouting at the officers struggling with the
falls of BOAT 5.
There is no time to waste!
(yelling and waving his arms)
Lower away! Lower away! Lower away!
FIFTH OFFICER LOWE, a baby-faced 28, and the youngest officer, looks up
from the tangled falls at the madman.
Get out of the way, you fool!
Do you know who I am?
Lowe, not having a clue nor caring, squares up to Ismay.
You’re a passenger. And I’m a ship’s bloody officer. Now do what you’re
Steady men! Stand by the falls!
(numbly, backing away)
Yes, quite right. Sorry.
177 EXT. BOAT DECK / PORT SIDE
SECOND OFFICER LIGHTOLLER is loading the boat nearest Cal and Rose… Boat
Women and children only! Sorry sir, no men yet.
Another rocket bursts overhead, lighting the crowd. Startled faces turn
upward. Fear now in the eyes.
DANIEL MARVIN has his Biograph camera set up, cranking away… hoping to
get an exposure off the rocket’s light. he has Mary posed in front of the
scene at the boats.
You’re afraid, darling. Scared to death. That’s it!
Either she suddenly learned to act or she is petrified.
ROSE watches the farewells taking pace right in front of her as they step
closer to the boat. Husbands saying goodbye to wives and children. Lovers
and friends parted. Nearby MOLLY is getting a reluctant woman to board the
Come on, you heard the man. Get in the boat, sister.
Will the lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they’re not too
Oh, Mother shut up!
(Ruth freezes, mouth open)
Don’t you understand? The water is freezing and there aren’t enough
boats… not enough by half. Half the people on this ship are going to die.
Not the better half.
PUSH IN ON ROSE’S FACE as it hits her like a thunderbolt. Jack is third
class. He doesn’t stand a chance. Another rocket bursts overhead, bathing
her face in white light.
You unimaginable bastard.
Come on, Ruth, get in the boat. These are the first class seats right up
here. That’s it.
Molly practically hands her over to Lightoller, then looks around for some
other women who might need a push.
Come on, Rose. You’re next, darlin’.
Rose steps back, shaking her head.
Rose, get in the boat!
Ruth, standing in the tippy lifeboat, can do nothing. Cal grabs Rose’s arm
but she pulls free and walks away through the crowd. Cal catches up to Rose
and grabs her again, roughly.
Where are you going? To him? Is that it? To be a whore to that gutter rat?
I’d rather be his whore than your wife.
He clenches his jaw and squeezes her arm viciously, pulling her back toward
the lifeboat. Rose pulls out a hairpin and jabs him with it. he lets go
with a curse and she runs into the crowd.
Stuff a sock in it, would ya, Ruth. She’ll be along.
The boat lurches downward as the falls are paid out.
TRACKING WITH ROSE, as she runs through the clusters of people. She looks
back and a furious Cal is coming after her. She runs breathlessly up to two
proper looking men.
That man tried to take advantage of me in the crowd!
Appalled, they turn to see Cal running toward them. Rose runs on as the two
men grab Cal, restraining him. She runs throught the First Class entrance.
Cal breaks free and runs after her. He reaches the entrance, but runs into
a knot of people coming out. He pushes rudely through them…
178 INT. BOAT DECK FOYER / STAIRCASE / A-DECK FOYER
Cal runs in, and down to the landing, pushing past the gentlemen and ladies
who are filling up the stairs. He scans the A-deck foyer. Rose is gone.
179 EXT. OCEAN / TITANIC / BOAT 6
The hull of Titanic looms over Boat 6 like a cliff. Its enormous mass is
suddenly threatening to those in the tiny boat. Quartermaster Hitchins, at
the tiller, wants nothing but to get away from the ship. Unfortunately his
two seamen can’t row. They flail like a duck with a broken wing.
Keep pulling… away from the ship. Pull.
Ain’t you boys ever rowed before? Here, gimme those oars. I’ll show ya how
She climbs over Ruth to get at the oars, stepping on her feet.
Around them the evacuation is in full swing, with boats in the water,
others being lowered.
180 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE / CORRIDOR
Jack pulls on the pipe with all his strength. It’s not budging. He hears
gurgling sound. Water pours under the door, spreading rapidly across the
He tries to pull one hand out of the cuffs, working until the skin is
raw… no good.
Help!! Somebody!! Can anybody hear me?!
This could be bad.
181 THE CORRIDOR outside is deserted. Flooded a couple of inches deep.
Jack’s voice comes faintly through the door, but there is no one to hear
182 INT. FIRST CLASS CORRIDOR
Thomas Andrews is opening stateroom doors, checking that people are out.
Anyone in here?
Rose runs up to him, breathless.
Mr. Andrews, thank God! Where would the Master at Arms take someone under
What? You have to get to a boat right away!
No! I’ll do this with or without your help, sir. But without will take
Take the elevator to the very bottom, go left, down the crewman’s passage,
then make a right.
Bottom, left, right. I have it.
183 INT. FOYER / ELEVATORS
Rose runs up as the last Elecator Operator is closing up his lift to leave.
Sorry, miss, lifts are closed–
Without thinking she grabs him and shoves him back into the lift.
I’m through with being polite, goddamnit!! I may never be polite the rest
of my life! Now take me down!!
The operator fumbles to close the gate and start the lift.
184 EXT. OCEAN / BOAT 6
Molly and the two seamen are rowing, and they’ve made it a hundret feet or
so. Enough to see that the ship is angled down into the water, with the bow
rail less than ten feet above the surface.
Come on girls, join in, it’ll keep ya warm. Let’s go Ruth. Grab an oar!
Ruth just stares at the spectacle of the great liner, its rows of lights
blazing, slanting down into the sullen black mirror of the Atlanic.
185 INT. FIRST CLASS ELEVATOR / CORRIDORS
Through the wrought iron door of the elevator car Rose can see the decks
going past. The lift slows. Suddenly ICE WATER is swirling around her legs.
She SCREAMS in surprise. So does the operator.
The car has landed in a foot of freezing water, shocking the hell out of
her. She claws the door open and splashes out, hiking up her floor-length
skirt so she can move. The lift goes back up, behind her, as she looks
Left, crew passage.
She spots it and slogs down the flooded corridor. The place is
understandably deserted. She is on her own.
Right, right… right.
She turns into a cross-corridor, splashing down the hall. A row of doors on
186 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE / CORRIDOR
Jack is hopelessly pulling on the pipe again, straining until he turns red.
He collapses back on the bench. realizing he’s screwed. Then he hears her
through the door.
ROSE!! In here!
187 IN THE HALL Rose hears his voice behind her. She spins and runs back,
locating the right door, then pushes it open, creating a small wave.
She splashes over Jack and puts her arms around him.
Jack, Jack, Jack… I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.
They are so happy to see each other it’s embarrassing.
That guy Lovejoy put it in my pocket.
I know, I know.
See if you can find a key for these. Try those drawers. It’s a little brass
She kisses his face and hugs him again, then starts to go through the desk.
So… how did you find out I didn’t do it?
(she looks at him)
I just realized I already knew.
They share a look, then she goes back to ransacking the room, searching
drawers and cupboards. Jack sees movement out the porthole and looks out.
A LIFEBOAT hits the surface of the water, seen from below.
188 EXT. TITANIC / BOAT ONE
While the seamen detach the falls, Boat One rocks next to the hull. Lucile
and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon sit with ten others in a boat made for four times
I despise small boats. I just know I’m going to be seasick. I always get
seasick in small boats. Good Heavens, there’s a man down there.
In a lit porthole beneath the surface she sees Jack looking up at her… a
face in a bubble of light under the water.
189 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
Rose stops trashing the room, and stands there, breathing hard.
There’s no key in here.
They look around at the water, now almost two feet deep. Jack has pulled
his feet up onto the bench.
You have to go for help.
I’ll be right back.
I’ll wait here.
She runs out, looking back at him once from the doorway, then splashes
away. Jack looks down at the swirling water.
190 INT. STAIRWELL AND CORRIDORS
Rose splashes down the hall to a stairwell going up to the next deck. She
climbs the stairs, her long skirt leaving a trail like a giant snail. The
weight of it is really slowing her down. She rips at the buttons and
shimmies quickly out of the thing. She bounds up the stairs in her
stockings and knee-length slip, to find herself in–
191 A LONG CORRIDOR… part of the labyrinth of steerage hallways forward.
She is alone here. A long groan of stressing metal echoes along the hall as
the ship continues to settle. She runs down the hall, unimpeded now.
She turns a corner and runs along another corridor in a daze. The hall
slopes down into water which, shimmers, reflecting the light. The margin of
the water creeps toward her. A YOUNG MAN appears, running through the
water, sending up geysers of spray. He pelts past her without slowing, his
Help me! We need help!
He doesn’t look back. It is like a bad dream. The hull gongs with
The lights flicker and go out, leaving utter darkness. A beat. Then they
come back on. She finds herself hyperventilating. That one moment of
blackness was the most terrifying of her life.
A STEWARD runs around the nearest corner, his arms full of lifebelts. He is
upset to see someone still in his section. He grabs her forcefully by the
arm, pulling her with him like a wayward child.
Come on, then, let’s get you topside, miss, that’s right.
Wait. Wait! I need your help! There’s–
No need for panic, miss. Come along!
No, let me go! You’re going the wrong way!
He’s not listening. And he won’t let her go.
She SHOUTS in his ear, and when he turns, she punches him squarely in the
nose. Shocked, he lets her go and staggers back.
To Hell with you!
See you there, buster!
The steward runs off, holding his bloody nose. She spits after him. Just
the way Jack taugh: her.
She turns around, SEES: a glass case with a fire-axe in it. She breaks the
glass with a battered suitcase which is lying discarded nearby, and seizes
the axe, running back the way she came.
192 AT THE STAIRWELL she looks down and gasps. The water has flooded the
bottom five steps. She goes down and has to crouch to look along the
corridor to the room where Jack is trapped.
Rose plunges into the water, which is up to her waist… and powers
forward, holding the axe above her head in two hands. She grimaces at the
pain from the literally freezing water.
193 INT. MASTER AT ARMS OFFICE
Jack has climbed up on the bench, and is hugging the waterpipe. Rose wades
in, holding the axe above her head.
Will this work?
We’ll find out.
They are both terrified, but trying to keep panic at bay. He positions the
chain connecting the two cuffs, stretching it taut across the steel pipe.
The chain is of course very short, and his exposed wrists are on either
side of it.
Try a couple practice swings.
Rose hefts the axe and thunks it into a wooden cabinet.
Now try to hit the same mark again.
She swings hard and the blade thunks in four inches from the mark.
Okay, that’s enough practice.
He winces, bracing himself as she raises the axe. She has to hit a target
about an inch wide with all the foce she can muster, with his hands on
You can do it, Rose. Hit it as hard as you can, I trust you.
Jack closes his eyes. So does she.
The axe comes down. K-WHANG! Rose gingerly opens her eyes looks… Jack is
grinning with two separate cuffs.
Rose drops the axe, all the strength going out of her.
Nice work, there, Paul Bunyan.
He climbs down into the water next to her. He can’t breathe for a second.
Shit! Excuse my French. Ow ow ow, that is cold! Come on, let’s go.
They wade out into the hall. Rose starts toward the stiars going up, but
Jack stops her. There is only about a foot of the stairwell opening
Too deep. We gotta find another way out.
194 EXT. BOAT 6 AND TITANIC
TIGHT ON THE LETTERS TITANIC painted two feet high on the bow of the doomed
steamer. Once 50 feet above the waterline, they now quietly slip below the
surface. We see them, gold on black, rippling and dimming to a pale green
as they go deeper.
195 IN BOAT SIX, Ruth looks back at the Titanic, transfixed by the sight of
the dying liner. The bowsprit is now barely above the waterline. Another of
Boxhall’s rockets EXPLODES overhead. K-BOOM! It lights up the whole area,
and we see half a dozen boats in the water, spreading out from the ship.
Now there’s somethin’ you don’t see every day.
196 INT. SCOTLAND ROAD / E-DECK
The widest passageway in the ship, it is used by crew and steerage alike,
and runs almost the length of the ship. Right now steerage passengers move
along it like refugees, heading aft.
CRASH! A wooden doorframe splinters and the door bursts open under the
force of Jack’s shoulder. Jack and Rose stumble through, into the corridor.
A STEWARD, who was nearby herding people along, marches over.
Here you! You’ll have to pay for that, you know. That’s White Star Line
JACK AND ROSE
Jack leads her past the dumbfounded steward. They join the steerage
stragglers going aft. In places the corridor is almost completely blocked
by large families carrying all their luggage.
AN IRISH WOMAN gives Rose a blanket, more for modesty than because she is
blue-lipped and shivering.
Here, lass, cover yerself.
Jack rubs her arms and tries to warm her up as they walk along. The woman’s
husband offers them a flask of whiskey.
This’ll take the chill off.
Rose takes a mighty belt and hands it to Jack. He grins and follows suit.
Jack tries a number of DOORS and IRON GATES along the way, finding them all
197 EXT. BOAT DECK
ON THE BOAT DECK, the action has moved to the aft group of boats, numbers
9, 11, 13 and 15 on the starboard side, and 10, 12, 14 and 16 on the port
side. The pace of work is more frantic. You see crew and officers running
now to work the davits, their previous complacency gone.
CAL pushes through the crowd, scanning for Rose. Around him is chaos and
confusion. A woman is calling for a child who has become seperated from the
crowd. A man is shouting over people’s heads. A woman takes hold of Second
Officer Lightoller’s arm as he is about to launch Boat 10.
Will you hold the boat a moment? I have to run back to my room for
Lightoller grabs her and shoves her bodily into the boat. Thomas Andrews
rushes up to him just then.
Why are the boats being launched half full?!
Lightoller steps past him, helping a seaman clear a snarled fall.
Not now, Mr. Andrews.
(pointing down at the water)
There, look… twenty or so in a boat built for sixty five. And I saw one
boat with only twelve. Twelve!
Well… we were not sure of the weight–
Rubbish! They were tested in Belfast with the weight of 70 men. Now fill
these boats, Mr. Lightoller. For God’s sake, man!
The shot HANDS OFF to Cal, who sees Lovejoy hurrying toward him through the
aisle connecting the port and starboard sides of the boat deck.
She’s not on the starboard side either.
We’re running out of time. And this strutting martinet…
…isn’t letting any men in at all.
The one on the other side is letting men in.
Then that’s our play. But we’re still going to need some insurance.
(he starts off forward)
Cal charges off, heading forward, followed by Lovejoy. The SHOT HANDS OFF
to a finely dressed elderly couple, IDA and ISADOR STRAUSS.
Please, Ida, get into the boat.
No. We’ve been together for forty years, and where
you go, I go. Don’t argue with me, Isador, you know it does no good.
He looks at her with sadness and great love. They embrace gently.
198 EXT. BRIDGE / FORWARD WELL DECK / FOC’SLE
AT THE BOW… the place where Jack and Rose first kissed… the bow railing
goes under water water. Water swirls around the captsans and windlasses on
the foc’sle deck.
Smith strides to the bridge rail and looks down at the well deck. Water is
shipped over the sides and the well deck is awash. Two men run across the
deck, their feet sending up spray. Behind Smith, Boxhall fires another
201 INT. E-DECK CORRIDORS AND STAIRWELL
Fabrizio, standing with Helga Dahl and her family, hears Jack’s voice.
Fabrizio turns and sees Jack and Rose pushing through the crowd. He and
Jack hug like brothers.
The boats are all going.
We gotta get up there or we’re gonna be gargling saltwater. Where’s Tommy?
Fabrizio points over the heads of the solidly packed crowd to the
Tommy has his hands on the bars of the steel gate which blocks the head of
the stairwell. The crew open the gate a foot or so and a few women are
Women only. No men. No men!!
But some terrified men, not understanding English, try to rush through the
gap, forcing the gate open. The crewmen and stewards push them back,
shoving and punching them.
Get back! Get back you lot!
(to the crewmen)
They struggle to get the gate closed again, while Steward #2 brandishes a
small revolver. Another holds a fire axe. They lock the gate, and a cry
goes up among the crowd, who surge forward, pounding against the steel and
shouting in several languages.
For the love of God, man, there are children down here! Let us up, so we
can have a chance!
But the crewmen are scared now. They have let the situation get out of
hand, and now they have a mob. Tommy gives up and pushes his way back
through the crowd, going down the stairs. He rejoins Jack, Rose and
It’s hopeless that way.
Well, whatever we’re goin’ to do, we better do it fast.
Fabrizio turns to Helga, praying he can make himself understood.
(with a lot of hand gestures)
Everyone… all of you… come with me now. We go to the boats. We go to
the boats. Capito? Come now!
They can’t understand what he’s saying. They can see his urgency, but OLUF
DAHL, the patriarch of the family, shakes his head. He will not panic, and
will not let his family go with this boy. Fabrizio turns to Helga.
Helga… per favore… please… come with me, I am lucky. Is my destiny to
go to America.
She kisses him, then steps back to be with her family. Jack lays a hand on
his shoulder, his eyes saying “Let’s go”.
I will never forget you.
He turns to Jack, who leads the way out of the crowd. Looking back Fabrizio
sees her face disappear into the crowd.
204 INT. CAL AND ROSE’S SUITE
CLUNK! Cal opens his safe and reaches inside. As Lovejoy watches, he pulls
out two stacks of bills, still banded by bank wrappers. Then he takes out
“Heart of the Ocean”, putting it in the pocket of his overcoat, and locks
(holding up stacks of bills)
I make my own luck.
(putting the .45 in his waistband)
So do I.
Cal grins, putting the money in his pocket as they go out.
205 INT. STEERAGE, AFT
Jack, Rose, Fabrizio and Tommy are lost, searching for a way out. They push
past confused passengers… past a mother changing her baby’s diaper on top
of an upturned steamer trunk… past a woman arguing heatedly with a man in
Serbo-Croatian, a wailing child next to them… past a man kneeling to
console a woman who is just sitting on the floor, sobbing… and past
another man with an English/Arabic dictionary, trying to figure out what
the signs mean, while his wife and children wait patiently.
Jack et al come upon a narrow stairwell and they go up two decks before
they are stopped by a small group pressed up against a steel gate. The
steerage men are yelling at a scared STEWARD.
Go to the main stairwell, with everyone else. It’ll all get sorted out
Jack takes one look at this scene and finally just loses it.
God damn it to Hell son of a bitch!!
He grabs one end of a bench bolted to the floor on the landing. He starts
pulling on it, and Tommy and Fabrizio pitch in until the bolts shear and it
breaks free. Rose figures out what they are doing and clears a path up the
stairs between the waiting people.
Move aside! Quickly, move aside!
Jack and Tommy run up the steps with the bench and RAM IT INTO THE GATE
with all their strength. It rips loose from its track and falls outward,
narrowly mssing the steward. Led by Jack, the crowd surges though. Rose
steps up to the cowering steward and says in her most imperious tone:
If you have any intention of keeping your pathetic job
with the White Star Line, I suggest you escort these good people to the
boat deck… now.
Class wins out. He nods dumbly motions form them to follow.
206 EXT. BOAT 6 / TITANIC – NIGHT
Ruth rows with Molly Brown, two other women and the incompetent sailors.
She rests on her oars, exhausted, and looks back at the ship.
It slants down into the water, still ablaze with light. Nothing is above
water forward of the bridge except for the foremast. Another rocket goes
off, lighting up the entire area… there are a dozen boats moving outward
from the ship.
207 AT THE BOAT DECK RAIL Captain Smith is shouting to Boat 6 through a
large metal megaphone.
Come back! Come back to the ship!
CHIEF OFFICER WILDE joins him, blowing his silver whistle.
208 FROM BOAT 6 the whistle comes shrilly across the water. Quartermaster
Hitchins grips the rudder in fear.
The suction will pull us right down if we don’t keep going.
We got room for lots more. I say we go back.
No! It’s our lives now, not theirs. And I’m in charge of this boat! Now
209 CAPTAIN SMITH, at the rail of the boat deck, lowers his megaphone
210 INT. A-DECK FOYER
As Cal and Lovejoy cross the foyer encounter Benjamin Guggenheim and his
valet, coth dressed in white tie, tail-coats and top hats.
Ben, what’s the occasion?
We have dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.
That’s admirable, Ben.
I’ll sure and tell your wife… when I get to New York.
211 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM
There are still two cardgames in progress. The room is quiet and civilized.
A silver serving cart, holding a large humidor, begins to roll slowly
across the room. One of the cardplayers takes a cigar from it as it rolls
It seems we’ve been dealt a bad hand this time.
212 EXT. / INT. A-DECK PROMENADE
Cal and Lovejoy are walking aft with a purposeful stride. They pass CHIEF
BAKER JOHGHIN, who is working up a sweat tossing deck chairs over the rail.
After they go by, Joughin takes a break and pulls a bottle of scotch from a
pocket, opening it. He drains it, and tosses it over the side too, then
stands there a little unteadily.
213 EXT. BOAT DECK AND A-DECK, AFT
PANIC IS SETTING IN around the remaining boats aft. The crowd here is now a
mix of all three classes. Officers repeatedly warn men back from the boats.
The crowd presses in closer.
Seamen SCAROTT brandishes the tiller of boat 14 to discourage a close press
of men who look ready to rush the boat. Several men break ranks and rush
Lightoller pulls out his Webley revolver and aims it at them.
Get back! Keep order!
The men back down. Fifth Officer Lowe standing in the boat, yells to the
Lower away left and right!
Lightoller turns away from the crowd and, out of their sight, breaks his
pistol open. Letting out a long breath, he starts to LOAD IT.
214 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE, AFT
Cal and Lovejoy arrive in time to see Murdoch lowering his last boat.
We’re too late.
There are still some boats forward. Stay with this one… Murdoch. He seems
to be quite… practical.
215 IN THE WATER BELOW there is another panic. Boat 13, already in the
water but still attached to its falls, is pushed aft by the discharge water
being pumped out of the ship. It winds up directly under boat 15, which is
coming downt he right on top of it.
The passengers shout in panic to the crew above to stop lowering. They are
ignored. Some men put their hands up, trying futilely to keep the 5 tons of
boat 15 from crushing them.
Fred Barrett, the stoker, gets out his knife and leaps to the after falls,
climbing rudely over people. He cuts the aft falls while another crewman
cuts the forward lines. 13 drifts out from beneath 15 just seconds before
it touches the water with a slap.
Cal, looking down from the rail hears GUNSHOTS–
216 EXT. BOAT DECK / A-DECK, PORT, AFT
Fifth Officer Lowe, in Boat 14 is firing his gun as a warning to a bunch of
men threatening to jump into the boat as it passes the open promenade on
Stay back you lot!
217 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD, AFT
The shots echo away.
It’s starting to fall apart. We don’t have much time.
Cal sees three dogs run by, including the black French bulldog. Someone has
released the pets from the kennels.
Cal sees Murdoch turn from the davits of boat 15 and start walking toward
the bow. He catches up and falls in beside him.
Mr. Murdoch, I’m a businessman, as you know, and I have a business
proposition for you.
219 EXT. BOAT DECK, PORT
Jack, Rose et al burst out onto the boat deck from the crew stairs just aft
of the third funnel. They look at the empty davits.
The boats are gone!
She sees Colonel Gracie chugging forward along the deck, escorting two
first class ladies.
Colonel! Are there any boats left?
(staring at her bedraggled state)
Yes, miss… there are still a couple of boats all the way forward. This
way, I’ll lead you!
Jack grabs her hand and they sprint past Gracie, with Tommy and Fabrizio
ANGLE ON THE BAND… incredibly they are still playing. Jack, Rose and the
others run by.
Music to drown by. Now I know I’m in First Class.
220 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD, FORWARD
Water pours like a spillway over the forward railing on B-Deck. CAMERA
SWEEPS UP past A-Deck to the Boat Deck where Murdoch and his team are
loading Collapsible Car the forward-most davits.
NOTE: There are four so-called collapsibles, or Engelhardts boats,
including two which are stored on the roof of the officer’s quarters.
The crowd is sparse, with most people still aft. Cal slips his hand out of
hte pocket of his overcoat and into the waist pocket of Murdoch’s
greatcoat, leaving the stacks of bills there.
So we have an understanding then?
As you’ve said.
Cal, satisfied, steps back. He finds himself waiting next to J. Bruce
Ismay. Ismay does not meet his eyes, nor anyone’s. Lovejoy come sup to Cal
at that moment.
I’ve found her. She’s just over on the port side. With him.
Women and children? Any more women and children?
(glancing at Cal)
Any one else, then?
Cal looks longingly at his boat… his moment has arrived.
God damn it to hell! Come on.
He and Lovejoy head for the port side, taking a short-cut through the
Bruce Ismay, seeing his oppurtunity, steps quickly into Collapsible C. He
stares straight ahead, not meeting Murdoch’s eyes.
(staring at Ismay)
Take them down.
221 EXT. BOAT DECK / PORT SIDE – NIGHT
ON THE PORT SIDE Lightoller is getting people into Boat 2. He keeps his
pistol in his hand at this point. Twenty feet below them the sea is pouring
into the doors and windows of B deck staterooms. They can hear the roar of
water cascading into the ship.
Women and children, please. Women and children only. Step back, sir.
Even with Jack’s arms wrapped around her, Rose is shivering in the cold.
Near her a WOMAN with TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS looks into the eyes of a HUSBAND
she knows she may not see again
Goodbye for a little while… only for a little while.
(to his two little girls)
Go with mummy.
The woman stumbles to the boat with the children, hiding her tears from
them. Beneath the false good cheer, the man is choked with emotion.
Hold mummy’s hand and be a good girl. That’s right.
Some of the women are stoic, others are overwhelmed by emotion and have to
be helped into the boats. A MAN scribbles a note and hands it to a woman
who is about to board.
Please get this to my wife in DeMoines, Iowa.
Jack looks at Tommy and Fabrizio.
You better check out the other side.
They nod and run off, searching for a way around the deckhouse.
I’m not going without you.
Get in the boat, Rose.
Cal walks up just then.
Yes. Get in the boat, Rose.
She is shocked to see him. She steps instinctively to Jack. Cal looks at
her, standing there shivering in her wet slip and stockings, a shocking
display in 1912.
My God, look at you.
(taking off his boat)
Here, put this on.
She numbly shrugs into it. He is doing it for modesty, not the cold.
Quickly, ladies. Step into the boat. Hurry, please!
Go on. I’ll get the next one.
No. Not without you!
She doesn’t even care that Cal is standing right there. He sees the emotion
between Jack and Rose and his jaw clenches. But then he leans close to her
There are boats on the other side that are allowing men in. Jack and I can
get off safely. Both of us.
(he smiles reassuringly)
I’ll be alright. Hurry up so we can get going… we got our own boat to
Get in… hurry up, it’s almost full.
Lightoller grabs her arm and pulls her toward the boat. She reaches out for
Jack and her fingers brush his for a moment. Then she finds herself
stepping down into the boat. It’s all a rush and blur.
The two men watch at the rail as the boat begins to descend.
You’re a good liar.
Almost as good as you.
I always win, Jack. One way or another.
(looks at him, smiling)
Pity I didn’t keep that drawing. It’s going to be worth a lot more by
Jack knows he is screwed. He looks down at Rose, not wanting to waste a
second of his last view of her.
222 ROSE’S PERCEPTION… IN SLOW MOTION: The ropes going through the
pulleys as the seamen start to lower. All sound going away… Lightoller
giving orders, his lips moving… but Rose hears only the blood pounding in
her ears… this cannot be happening… a rocket bursts above in
slow-motion, outlining Jack in a halo of light… Rose’s hair blowing in
slow motion as she gazes up at him, descending away from him… she sees
his hand trembling, the tears at the corners of his eyes, and cannot
believe the unbearable pain she is feeling…
Rose is still staring up, tears pouring down her face.
SUDDENLY SHE IS MOVING. She lunges across the women next to her. Reaches
the gunwale, climbing it…
Hurls herself out of the boat to the rail of the A-Deck promenade, catching
it, and scrambling over the rail. The Boat 2 continues down. But Rose is
back on Titanic.
No Rose! NOOOO!!
Jack spins from the rail, running for the nearest way down to A-Deck.
Hockley too has seen her jump. She is willing to die for this man, this
gutter scum. He is overwhelmed by a rage so all consuming it eclipses all
223 INT. GRAND STAIRCASE
TRACKING WITH JACK as he bangs through the doors to the foyer and sprints
down the stairs. He sees her coming into A-deck foyer, running toward him,
Cal’s long coat flying out behind her as she runs.
They meet at the bottom of the stairs, and collide in an embrace.
Rose, Rose, you’re so stupid, you’re such an idiot–
And all the while he’s kissing her and holding her as tight as he can.
You jump, I jump, right?
Hockley comes in and runs to the railing. Looking down he sees them locked
in their embrace. Lovejoy comes up behind Cal and puts a restraining HAND
on him, but Cal whips around, grabbing the pistol from Lovejoy’s waistband
in one cobra-fast move.
He RUNS along the rail and down the stairs. As he reaches the landing above
them he raises the gun. SCREAMING in rage, he FIRES.
The carved cherub at the foot of the center railing EXPLODES. Jack pulls
Rose toward the stairs going down to the next deck. Cal fires again,
running down the steps toward them. A bullet blows a divet out of the oak
panelling behind Jack’s head as he pulls Rose down the next flight of
Hockley steps on the skittering head of the cherub statue and goes
sprawling. The gun clatters across the marble floor. He gets up, and
reeling drunkenly goes over to retrieve it.
224 INT. D-DECK RECEPTION ROOM
The bottom of the grand staircase is flooded several feet deep. Jack and
Rose come down the stairs two at a time and run straight into the water,
fording across the room to where the floor slopes up, until they reach dry
footing at the entrance to the dining saloon.
STEADICAM WITH HOCKLEY as he reels down the stairs in time to see Jack and
Rose splashing through the water toward the dining saloon. He FIRES twice.
Big gouts of spray near them, but he’s not a great shot.
The water boils up around his feet and he retreast up the stairs a couple
of steps. Around him the woodward groans and creaks.
(calling to them)
Enjoy your time together!!
Lovejoy arrives next to him. Cal suddenly remembers something and starts to
What could possible be funny?
I put the diamond in my coat pocket. And I put my coat… on her.
He turns to Lovejoy with a sickly expression, his eyes glittering.
I give it to you… if you can get it.
He hands Lovejoy the pistol and goes back up the stairs. Lovejoy thinks
about it… then slogs into the water. The icewater is up to his waist as
he crosses the pool into the dining saloon.
225 INT. DINING SALOON
Lovejoy moves among the tables and ornate columns, searching…
listening… his eyes tracking rapidly. It is a sea of tables, and they
could be anywhere. A silver serving tolley rolls downhill, bumping into
tables and pillars.
He glances behind him. The water is following him into the room, advancing
in a hundred foot wide tide. The reception room is now a roiling lake, and
the grand staircase is submerged past the first landing. Monstrous groans
echo through the ship.
ON JACK AND ROSE, crouched behind a table, somewhere in the middle. They
see the water advancing toward them, swirling over the floor. They crawl
ahead of it to the next row of tables.
He moves off as–
Lovejoy moves over one row and looks along the tables. Nothing.
The ship GROANS and CREAKS. He moves another row.
ANGLE ON A METAL CART… five feet tall and full of stacks of china dishes.
It starts to roll down the aisle between tables.
ON ROSE as the cart rolls toward her. It hits a table and the stacks of
dishes topple out, EXPLODING across the floor and showering her.
She scrambles out of the way and–
Lovejoy spins, seeing her. He moves rapidly toward her, keeping the gun
That’s when Jack tackles him from the side. They slam together into a
table, crashing over it, and toppling to the floor. They land in the water
which is flowing rapidly between the tables.
Jack and Lovejoy grapple in the icy water. Jack jams his knee down on
Lovejoy’s hand, breaking his grip on the pistol, and kicks it away. Lovejoy
scrmbles up and lunges at him, but Jack GUTPUCHES him right in the solar
plexus, doubling him over.
Compliments of the Chippewa Falls Dawsons.
He grabs Lovejoy and slams him into an ornate columb. Lovejoy drops to the
floor with a splas, stunned.
Jack and Rose run aft… uphill… entering the galley. Behind them the
tables have become islands in a lake… and the far end of the room is
flooded up to the ceiling.
Lovejoy gets up and looks around for his gun. He pulls it up out of the
water and wades after them.
226 INT. GALLEY / STAIRWELL
They run throught the galley and Rose spots the stairs. She starts up and
Jack grabs her hand. He leads her DOWN.
They crouch together on the landing as Lovejoy runs to the stairs. Assuming
they have gone up (who wouldn’t?) he clombs up them two at a time.
They wait for the footstep to recede. A long CREAKING GROAN. Then they hear
it… a CRYING CHILD. Below them. They go down a frew steps to looks along
the next deck.
227 INT. E-DECK CORRIDORS
The corridor is awash, about a foot deep. Standing against the wall, about
50 feet away, is a little BOY, aobut 3. The water swirls around his legs
and he is wailing.
We can’t leave him.
Jack nods and they leave the promise of escape up the stairwell to run to
the child. Jack scoops up the kid and they run back to the stairs but–
A torrent of water comes pouring down the stairs like rapids. In seconds it
is too powerful for them to go against.
Charging the other way down the flooding corridor, they blast up spray with
each footstep. At the end of the hall are heavy double doors. As Jack
approaches them he sees water spraying through the gap between the doors
right up to the ceiling. The doors groan and start to crack under the tons
Back! Go back!!
Rose pivots and runs back the way they came, taking a turn into a
cross-corridor. A MAN is coming the other way. He sees the boy in Jack’s
arms and cries out, grabbing him away from Jack. Starts cursing him in
Russian. He runs on with the boy–
No! Not that way! Come back!
228 DOUBLE DOORS BLAST OPEN. A wall of water thunders into the corridor.
The father and child DISAPPEAR instantly.
Jack and Rose run as a wave blasts around the corner, foaming from floor to
ceiling. It gains on them like a locomotive. They make it to a stairway
229 INT. STAIRWELL
Jack and Rose pound up the steps as white water swirls up behind them. PULL
BACK to reveal that a steel gate blocks the top of the stairs. Jack SLAMS
against the fate, gripping the bars.
A terrified steward standing guard on the landing above turns to run at the
sight of the water thundering up the stairs.
Wait! Wait! Help us! Unlock the gate.
The steward runs on. The water wells up around Jack and Rose, pouring
through the gate and slamming them against it. In seconds it is up to their
Help us! Please!
The steward stops and looks back. He sees Jack and Rose at the gate, their
arms raching through… sees the water POURING through the gate onto the
He runs back, slogging against the curretn. He pulls a key ring from his
belt and struggles to unlock the padlock as the water fountains up around
The lights short out and the landing is plunged into darkness.
The water rises over the lock and he’s doing it by feel.
Come on! Come on!
Jack and Rose are right up against the ceiling…
Suddenly the gate gives and SWINGS OPEN. They are pushing through by the
force of the water. They make it to stairs on the other side of the landing
and follow the steward up to the next deck.
230 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE
Cal comes reeling out of the first class entrance, looking wild-eyed. The
lurches down the deck toward the bridge. Waltz music wafts over the ship.
Somewhere the band is still playing.
CAL’S POV: A little girl, maybe two years old, is crying along in the
alcove. She looks up at Cal beseechingly. Cal moves on without a glance
back… reaching a large crowd clustered around COLLAPSIBLE A just aft of
the bridge. He sees Murdoch and a number of crewmen struggling to drag the
boat to the davits, with no luck.
Cal pushes forward, trying to signal Murdoch, but the officer ignores him.
Nearby Tommy and Fabrizio are being pushed forward by the crowd behind.
PURSER MCELROY pushes them back, getting a couple of seamen to help him. He
brandishes his gun, waving it in the air, yelling for the crowd to stay
231 EXT. BOAT DECK, PORT SIDE / ROOF OF OFFICERS’ QUARTERS
Lightoller, with a group of crew and passengers, is trying to get
Collapsible B down from the roof. They slide it down a pair of oars leaned
against the deck house.
Hold it! Hold it!
The weight of the boat snaps the oars and it crashes to the deck, upside
down. The two Swedish cousins, OLAUS and BJORN GUNERSEN, jump back as the
boat nearly hits them.
233 INT. STAIRWELL
Jack and Rose run up seemingly endless stairs as the ship groans and
torgues around them.
234 EXT. BOAT DECK, STARBOARD SIDE
Murdoch, at Collapsible A, is no longer in control. The crowd is
threatening to rush the boat. They push and jostle, yelling and shouting at
the officers. The pressure from behind pushes them forward, and one guy
falls off the edge of the deck into the water less than ten feet below.
Give us a chance to live, you limey bastards!
Murdoch fires his Webley twice in the air, then point it at the crowd.
I’ll shoot any man who tries to get past me.
Cal steps up to him.
We had a deal, damn you.
Murdoch pushes him back, pointing the pistol at Cal.
A man next to Tommy rushes forward, and Tommy is shoved from behind.
Murdoch SHOOTS the first man, and seeing Tommy coming forward, puts a
bullet into his chest.
Tommy collapses, and Fabrizio grabs him, holding him in his arms as his
life flows out over the deck.
Murdoch turns to his men and salutes smartly. Then he puts the pistol to
his temple and… BLAM! He drops like a puppet with the strings cut and
topples over the edge of the boat deck into the water only a few feet
Cal stares in horror at Murdoch’s body bobbing in the black water. The
MONEY FLOATS out of the pocket of his greatcoat, the bills spreading across
The crew rush to get the last few women aboart the boat.
(calling above the confusion)
Any more women or children?!
THE CHILD crying in the alcove. Cal scoops her up and runs forward,
cradling her in his arms.
(forcing his way through the crowd)
Here’s a child! I’ve got a child!
Please… I’m all she has in the world.
McElroy nods curtly and pushes him into the boat. He spins with his gun,
brandishing it in the air to keep the other men back. Cal gets into the
boat, holding the little girl. He takes a seat with the women.
235 INT. FIRST CLASS SMOKE ROOM
Thomas Andrews stands in front of the fireplace, staring at the large
painting above the mantle. The fire is still going in the fireplace.
The room is empty except for Andrews. An ashtray falls off the table.
Behind him Jack and Rose run into the room, out of breath and soaked. They
run through, toward the aft revolving door… then Rose recognizes him. She
sees that his lifebelt is off, lying on a table.
Won’t you even make a try for it, Mr. Andrews?
(a tear rolls down his cheek)
I’m sorry that I didn’t build you a stronger ship, young Rose.
It’s going fast… we’ve got to keep moving.
Andrews picks up his lifebelt and hands it to her.
Good luck to you, Rose.
And to you, Mr. Andrews.
Jack pulls her away and they run through the revolving door.
236 EXT. BOAT DECK AND VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The band finishes the waltz. Wallace Hartley looks at the orchestra
Right, that’s it then.
They leave him, walking forward along the deck. Hartley puts his violin to
his chin and bows the first notes of “Nearer My God to Thee”. One by one
the band memebers turn, hearing the lonely melody.
Without a word they walk back and take their places. They join in with
Hartley, filling out the sound so that it reaches all over the ship on this
still night. The vocalist begins: “If in my dreams I be, nearer my God to
THE HYMN PLAYS OVER THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE:
237 A seaman pulls off his lifebelt and catches up to Captain Smith as he
walks to the bridge. He proffers it, but Smith seems to stare through him.
Without a word he turns and goes onto the bridge. He enters the enclosed
WHEELHOUSE and closes the door. He is alone, surrounded by the gleaming
brass instruments. He seems to inwardly collapse.
238 IN THE FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM Andrews stands like a statue. He pulls
out his pocketwatch and checks the time. Then he opens the face of the
mantle clock and adjusts it to the correct time: 2:12 a.m. Everything must
239 IN CAL’S PARLOUR SUITE water swirls in from the private promenade deck.
Rose’s paintings are submerged. The Picasso tranforms under the water’s
surface. Degas’ colors run. Monet’s water lilies come to life.
240 DOWNANGLE on the two figures lying side by side, fully clothed, on a
bed in a FIRST CLASS CABIN. Elderly Ida and Isador Strauss stare at the
ceiling, holding hands like young lovers. Water pours into the room through
a doorway. It swirls around the bed, two feet deep rising fast.
241 IN A STEERAGE CABIN somewhere in the bowels of the ship, the young
IRISH MOTHER, seen earlier stoically waiting at the stairs, is tucking her
two young children into bed. She pulls up the covers, making sure they are
all warm and cozy. She lies down with them on the bed, speaking soothingly
and holding them.
EXT. BOAT DECK / BRIDGE
242 IN A WIDE SHOT we see a wave travel up the boat deck as the bridge
house sinks into the water.
243 ON THE PORT SIDE Collapsible B is picked up by water. Working
frantically, the men try to detach it from the falls so the ship won’t drag
it under. Colonel Gracie hands Lightoller a pocket knife and he saws
furiously at the ropes as the water swirls around his legs. The boat, still
upside down, is swept off the ship. Men start diving in, swimming to stay
244 IN COLLAPSIBLE A Cal sits next to the wailing child, whom he has
completely forgotten. He watches the water rising around the men as they
work, scrambling to get the ropes cut so the ship won’t drag the
Fabrizio removes the lifebelt from Tommy’s body and struggles to put it on
as the water rises around him.
245 CAPTAIN SMITH, standing near the wheel, watches the black water
climbing the windows of the enclosed wheelhouse. He has the stricken
expression of a damned sould on Judgment Day. The windows burst suddenly
and a wall of water edged with shards of glass slams into Smith. He
disappears in a vortex of foam.
246 Collapsible A is hit by a wave as the bow plunges suddenly. It
partially swamps the boat, washing it along the deck. Over a hundred
passengers are plunged into the freezing water and the area around the boat
becomes a frenzy of splashing, screaming people.
As men are trying to climb into the callapsible, Cal grabs an oar and
pushes them back into the water.
Get back! You’ll swamp us!
Fabrizio, swimming for his life, gets swirled under a davit. The ropes and
pulleys tangle around him as the davit goes under the water, and he is
dragged down. Underwater he struggles to free himself, and then kicks back
to the surface. He surfaces, gasping for air in the freezing water.
247 WALLACE HARTLEY sees the water rolling rapidly up the deck toward them.
He holds the last note of the hymn in a sustain, and then lowers his
Gentlemen, it has been a previlege playing with you tonight.
248 EXT. A-DECK AFT, PORT SIDE
Jack and Rose run out of the PALM COURT into a dense crowd. Jack pushes his
way to the rail and looks at the state of the ship. The bridge is under
water and tehre is chaos on deck. Jack helps her put her lifebelt on.
People stream around them, shouting and pushing.
Okay… we keep moving aft. We have to stay on the ship as long as
They push their way aft through the panicking crowd.
249 EXT. FORWARD FUNNEL
Collapsible A is whirled like a leaf in the currents around the sining
ship. It slams against the side of the forward funnel.
(to the crew in the boat)
Row! Row you bastards!!
250 NEARBY: Fabrizio is drawn up against the grating of a STOKEHOLD VENT as
water pours through it. The force of tons of water roaring down the ship
traps him against it, and he is dragged down under the surface as the ship
sinks. He struggles to free himself but cannot.
Suddenly there is a concussion deep in the bowels of the ship as a furnace
explodes and a blast of hot air belches out of hte ventilator, ejecting
Fabrizio. He surfaces in a roar of foam and keeps swimming.
251 EXT. A-DECK / B-DECK / WELL DECK, AFT
Jack and Rose clamber over the A-Deck aft rail. Then, using all his
strength, he lowers her toward the deck below, holding on with one hand.
She dangles, then falls. Jack jumps down behind her.
They join a crush of people literally clawing and scrambling over each
other to get down the narrow stairs to the well deck… the only way aft.
Seeing that the stairs are impossible, Jack climbs over the B-Deck railing
and helps Rose over. He lowers her again, and she falls in a heap. Baker
Joughin, now three sheets to the wind, happens to be next to her. He hauls
Rose to her feet. Jack drops down and the three of them push through the
crowd across the well deck. Near them, at the rail, people are jumping into
The ship GROANS and SHUDDERS. The man ahead of Jack is walking like a
Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–
You wanna walk a little faster through that valley, fella?
252 EXT. FORWARD FUNNEL
The stay cables along the top of the funnel snap, and they lash like steel
whips down into the water. Cal watches as the funnel topples from its
mounts. Falling like a temple pillar twenty eight feet across it whomps
into the water with a tremendous splash. People swimming underneath it
disappear in an instant.
Fabrizio, a few feet away, is hurled back by a huge wave. He comes up,
gasping… still swimming. The water pouring into the open end of the
funnel draws in several swimmers. The funnel sinks, disappearing, but–
Hundreds of tons of water pour down through the 30 foot hole where the
funnel stood, thundering down into the belly of the ship. A whirlpool
forms, a hole in the ocean, like at enormous toiler-flush. T. W. McCauley,
the gym instructor swims in a frenzy as the vortex draws him in. He is
sucked down like a spider going down a drain.
Fabrizio, nearby, swims like Hell as more people are sucked down behind
him. He manages to get clear. He’s going to live no matter what it takes.
253 INT. BOAT DECK FOYER / GRAND STAIRCASE
Water raors through the doors and windows, cascading down the stairs like a
rapids. John Jacob Astor is swept down the marble steps to A-Deck, which is
already flooded… a roiling vortex. He grabs the headless cherub at the
bottom of the staircase and wraps his arms around it.
Astor looks up in time to see the 30 foot glass dome overhead EXPLOSE
INWARD with the wave of water washing over it. A Niagara of sea water
thunders down into the room, blasting through the first class opulence. IT
is the Armageddon of elegance.
255 INT. BELOWDECKS
The flooding is horrific. Walls and doors are splintered like kindling.
Water roars down corridors with pile-driver force.
The CARTMELL FAMILY is at the top of a stairwell, jammed against a locked
gate like Jack and Rose were. Water boils up the stairwell behind them.
Bert Cartmell shakes the gate futilely, shouting for help. Little Cora
wails as the water boils up around them all.
256 EXT. STERN
Rose and Jack struggle to climb the well deck stairs as the ship tilts.
Drunk Baker Joughin puts a hand squarely on Rose’s butt and shoves her up
onto the deck.
Hundreds of people are already on the poop deck, and more are pouring up
every second. Jack and Rose cling together as tehy struggle across the
257 As the bow goes down, the STERN RISES. IN BOAT 2, which is just off the
stern, passengers gape as the giant bronze propellers rise out of the water
like gods of the deep, FILLING FRAME behind them.
People are JUMPING from the well deck, the poop deck, the gangway doors.
Some hit debris in the water and are hurt or killed.
260 EXT. STERN
ON THE POOP DECK Jack and Rose struggle aft as the angle increases.
Hundreds of passengers, clinging to every fixed object on deck, huddle on
their knees around FATHER BYLES, who has his voice raised in prayer. They
are praying, sobbing, or just staring at nothing, their minds blank with
Pulling himself from handhold to handhold, Jack tugs Rose aft along the
Come on, Rose. We can’t expect God to do all the work for us.
They struggle on, pushing through the praying people. A MAN loses his
footing ahead and slides toward them. Jack helps him.
261 THE PROPELLERS are twenty feet above the water and rising faster.
262 JACK AND ROSE make it to the stern rail, right at the base of the
flagpole. They grip the rai, jammed in between other people. It is the spot
where Jack pulled her back onto the ship, just two night… and a
Above the wailing and sobbing, Father Byles’ voice carries, cracking with
…and I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former
earth had passed away and the sea was no longer.
The lights flicker, threatening to go out. Rose grips Jack as the stern
rises into a night sky ablaze with stars.
I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city coming down out of heaven from
God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband. I heard a loud
voice from the throne ring out this is God’s dwelling among men. He shall
dwell with them and they shall be his people and He shall be their God who
is alway with them.
Rose stares about her at the faces of the doomed. Near them are the DAHL
FAMILY, clinging together stoically. Helga looks at her briefly, and her
eyes are infinitely sad.
Rose sees a young mother next to her, clutching her five year old son, who
is crying in terror.
Shhh. Don’t cry. It’ll be over soon, darling. It’ll all be over soon.
He shall wipe every tear from their eyes. And there shall be no more death
or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away.
INT. SHIP– VARIOUS
As the ship tilts further everything not bolted down inside shifts.
263 CUPBOARDS burst open in the pantry showering the floor with tons of
china. A PIANO slides across the floor, crashing into a wall. FURNITURE
tumbles across the Smoking Room floor.
264 ON THE A-DECK PROMENADE passengers lose their grip and slide down the
wooden deck like a bobsled run, hundreds of feet before they hit the water.
TRUDY BOLT, Rose’s maid, slips as she struggles along the railing and
slides away screaming.
265 AT THE STERN the propellers are 100 feet out of the water and rising.
Panicking people leap from the poop deck rail, fall screaming and hit the
water like mortar rounds. A man falls from the poop deck, hitting the
bronze hub of the starboard propeller with a sickening smack.
266 SWIMMERS LOOK UP and see the stern towering over them like a monolith,
the propellers rising against the stars. 110 feet. 120.
267 AT THE STERN RAIL a man jumps. IN HIS POV we fall seemingly forever,
right past one of the giant screws. The water rushes up–
EXT. TITANIC / BOAT 6
268 TRACKING SLOWLY IN on Ruth as the sounds of the dying ship and the
screaming people come across the water.
269 REVERSE / HER POV: IN A WIDE SHOT we see the spectacle of the Titanic,
her lights blazing, reflecting in the still water. Its stern is high in the
air, angles up over forty five degrees. The propellers are 150 feet out of
the water. Over a thousand passengers cling to the decks, looking from a
distance like a swarm of bees.
The image is shocking, unbelieveable, unthinkable. Ruth stares at the
spectacle, unable to frame it or put it into any proportion.
The great liner’s lights flicker.
270 INT. ENGINE ROOM
In darkness Chief Engineer Bell hangs onto a pipe at the master braker
panel. Around him men climb through tilted cyclopean mahcines with electric
hand-torches. It is a black hell of breaking pipes, spraying water, and
groaning machinery threatening to tear right out of its bedplates.
Water sprays down, hitting the breaker panel, but Bell will not leave his
post. CLUNK. The breakers kick. He slams them in again and– WHOOM! a blast
of light! Something melts and arcing fills the engine room with nightmarish
271 EXT. TITANIC
WIDE SHOT. The lights go out all over the ship. Titanic becomes a vast
black silhouette against the stars.
IN COLLAPSIBLE C: BRUCE ISMAY has his back to the ship, unable to watch the
great steamer die. He is catatonic with remorse, his mind overloaded. He
can avert his eyes, but he can’t block out the sounds of dying people and
A loud CRACKING REPORT comes across the water.
272 EXT. BOAT DECK
Near the third funnel a man clutches the ship’s rail. He stares down as the
DECK SPLITS right between his feet. A yawning chasm opens with a THUNDER of
LOVEJOY is clutching the railing on the roof of the Officers’ Mess. He
watches in horror as the ship’s structure RIPS APART right in front of him.
He gapes down into a widening maw, seeing straight down into the bowels of
the ship, amid a BOOMING CONCUSSION like the sound of artillery. People
falling into the widening crevasse look like dolls.
The stay cables on the funnel part and snap across the decks like whips,
ripping off davits and ventilators. A man is hit by a whipping cable and
snatched OUT OF FRAME. Another cable smashes the rail next to Lovejoy and
it rips free. He falls backward into the pit of jagged metal.
Fires, explosions and sparks light the yawning chasm as the hull splits
down through nine decks to the keel. The sea pours into the gaping wound–
273 INT. ENGINE ROOM
It is a thundering black hell. Men scream as monstrous machinery comes
apart around them, steel frames twisting like taffy. Their torches
illuminate the roaring, foaming demon of water as it races at the through
the manchines. Trying to climb they are overtaken in seconds.
274 EXT. TITANIC – NIGHT
The STERN ALF of the ship, almost four hundred feet long, falls back toward
the water. On the poop deck everyone screams as they feel themselves
plummeting. The sound goes up like the roar of fans at a baseball stadium
when a run is scored.
Swimming in the water directly under the stern a few unfortunates shriek as
they see the keel coming down on them like God’s bootheel. The massive
stern section falls back almost level, thundering down into the sea and
pushing out a mighty wave of displaced water.
Jack and Rose struggle to hole onto the stern rail. They feel the ship
seemingly RIGHT ITSELF. Some of those praying think it is salvation.
Jack looks at Rose and shakes his head, grimly.
Now the horrible mechanics play out. Pulled down by the awesome weight of
the flooded bow, the buoyant stern tilts up rapidly. They feel the RUSH OF
ASCENT as the fantail angles up again. Everyone is clinging to benches,
railings, ventilators… anything to keep from sliding as the stern lifts.
The stern goes up and up, past 45 degrees, then past sixty.
People start to fall, sliding and tumbling. They skid down the deck,
screaming and flailing to grab onto somehting. They wrench other people
loose and pull them down as well. There is a pile-up of bodies at the
forward rail. The DAHL FAMILY falls one by one.
We have to move!
He climbs over the stern rail and reaches back for Rose. She is terrified
to move. He grabs her hand.
Come on! I’ve got you!
Jack pulls her over the rail. It is the same place he pulled her over the
rail two nights earlier, going the other direction. She gets over just as
the railing is going HORIZONTAL, and the deck VERITCAL. Jack grips her
The stern is now straight up in the air… a rumbling black monolith
standing against the stars. It hangs there like that for a long grace note,
its buoyancy stable.
Rose lies on the railing, looking down fifteen stories to the boiling sea
at the base of the stern section. People near them, who didn’t climb over,
hang from the railing, their legs dangling over the long drop. They fall
one by one, plummeting down the vertical face of the poop deck. Some of
them bounce horribly off deck benches and ventilators.
Jack and Rose lie side by side on what was the vertical face of the hull,
gripping the railing, which is now horizontal. Just beneath their feet are
the gold letters TITANIC emblazoned across the stern.
Rose stares down terrified at the black ocean waiting below to claim them.
Jack looks to his left and sees Baker Joughin, crouching on the hull,
holding onto the railing. It is a surreal moment.
(nodding a greeting)
The final relentless plunge begins as the stern section floods. Looking
down a hundred feet to the water, we drop like an elevator with Jack and
Take a deep breath and hold it right before we go into the water. The ship
will suck us down. Kick for the surface and keep kicking. Don’t let go of
my hand. We’re gonna make it Rose. Trust me.
She stares at the water coming up at them, and grips his hand harder.
I trust you.
Below them the poop deck is disappearing. The plunge gathers speed… the
boiling surface engulfs the docking bridge and then rushes up the last
278 IN A HIGH SHOT, we see the stern descend into the boiling sea. The name
TITANIC disappears, and the tiny figures of Jack and Rose vanish under the
Where the ship stood, now there is nothing. Only the black ocean.
279 EXT. OCEAN / UNDERWATER AND SURFACE
Bodies are whirled and spun, some limp as dolls, others struggling
spasmodically, as the vortex sucks them down and tumbles them.
280 Jack rises INTO FRAME F.G. kicking hard for the surface… holding
tightly to Rose, pulling her up.
281 AT THE SURFACE: a roiling chaos of screaming, thrashing people. Over a
thousand people are now floating where the ship went down. Some are
stunned, gasping for breath. Others are crying, praying, moaning,
Jack and Rose surface among them. They barely have time to gasp for air
before people are clawing at them. People driven insane by the water, 4
degrees below freezing, a cold so intense it is indistinguishable form
death by fire.
A man pushes Rose under, trying to climb on top of her… senselessly
trying to get out of the water, to climb onto anything. Jack PUNCHES him
repeatedly, pulling her free.
Swim, Rose! SWIM!
She tries, but her strokes are not as effective as his because of her
lifejacket. They break out of the clot of people. He has to find some kind
of flotation, anything to get her out of the freezing water.
Keep swimming. Keep moving. Come one, you can do it.
All about them there is a tremendous wailing, screaming and moaning… a
chorus of tormented souls. And beyond that… nothing but black water
stretching to the horizon. The sense of isolation and hopelessness is
283 EXT. OCEAN
Jack strokes rhythmically, the effort keeping him from freezing.
Look for something floating. Some debris… wood… anything.
It’s so cold.
I know. I know. Help me, here. Look around.
His words keep her focused, taking her mind off the wailing around them.
Rose scans the water, panting, barely able to draw a breath. She turns
A DEVIL is right in from of her face. It is the black FRENCH BULLDOG,
swimming right at her like a seamonster in the darkness, its coal eyes
bugging. It motors past her, like it is headed for Newfoundland.
Beyond it Rose sees somehting in the water.
Jack sees what she is pointing to, and they make for it together. It is a
piece of wooden debris, intricately carved. He pushes her up and she
slithers onto it belly down.
But when Jack tries to get up onto the thing, it tilts and submerges,
almost dumping Rose off. It is clearly only big enough to support her. He
clings to it, close to her, keeping his upper body out of the water as best
Their breath floats around them in a cloud as they pant from exertion. A
MAN swims toward them, homing in on the piece of debris. Jack warns him
It’s just enough for this lady… you’ll push it under.
Let me try at least, or I’ll die soon.
You’ll die quicker if you come any closer.
Yes, I see. Good luck to you then.
284 EXT. COLLAPSIBLE A / OCEAN
The boat is overloaded and half-flooded. Men cling to the sides in the
water. Others, swimming, are drawn to it as their only hope. Cal, standing
in the boat, slaps his oar in the water as a warning.
Stay back! Keep off!
Fabrizio, exhausted and near the limit, makes it almost to the boat. Cal
CLUBS HIM with the oar, cutting open his scalp.
You don’t… understand… I have… to get… to America.
(pointing with the oar)
It’s that way!
CLOSE ON FABRIZIO as he floats, panting each breath agony. You see the
spirit leave him.
FABRIZIO’S POV: Cal in SLOW MOTION, yelling and wielding the oar. A demon
in a tuxedo. The image fades to black.
285 EXT. OCEAN
JACK AND ROSE still float amid a chorus of hte damned. Jack sees the ship’s
officer nearby, CHIEF OFFICER WILDE. He is blowing his whistle furiously,
knowing the sound will carry over the water for miles.
The boats will come back for us, Rose. Hold on just a little longer. They
had to row away for the suction and now they’ll be coming back.
She nods, his words helping her. She is shivering uncontrollably, her lips
blue and her teeth chattering.
Thank God for you Jack.
People are still screaming, calling to the lifeboats.
Come back! Please! We know you can hear us. For God’s sake!
Please… help us. Save one life! SAVE ON LIFE!
286 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN
IN BOAT 6: Ruth has her ears covered against the wailing in the darkness.
The first class women in the boat sit, stunned, listening to the sounds of
They’ll pull us right down I tell ya!
Aw knock it off, yer scarin’ me. Come on girls, grab your oars. Let’s go.
Well come on!
The women won’t meet her eyes. They huddle into their ermine wraps.
I don’t understand a one of you. What’s the matter with you? It’s your men
back there! We got plenty a’ room for more.
If you don’t shut that hole in yer face, there’ll be one less in this boat!
Ruth keeps her ears covered and her eyes closed, shutting it all out.
287 IN BOAT ONE: Sir Cosmo and Lucile Duff-Gordon sit with ten other people
in a boat that is two thirds empty. They are two hundred yards from the
screaming in the darkness.
We should do something.
Lucile squeezes Cosmo’s hand and pleads him with her eyes. She is
It’s out of the question.
The crewmembers, intimidated by a nobleman, acquiesce. They hunch guiltily,
hoping the sound will stop soon.
TWENTY BOATS, most half full, float in the darkness. None of them make a
288 EXT. OCEAN
Jack and Rose drift under the blazing stars. The water is glassy, with only
the faintest undulating swell. Rose can actually see the stars reflecting
on the black mirror of the sea.
Jack squeezes the water out of her long coat, tucking it in tightly around
her legs. He rubs her arms. His face is chalk with in the darkness. A low
MOANING in the darknes around them.
It’s getting quiet.
Just a few more minutes. It’ll take them a while to get the boats
Rose is unmoving, just staring into space. She knows the truth. There won’t
be any boats. Behind Jack she sees that Officer Wilde has stopped moving.
He is slumped in his lifejacket, looking almost asleep. He has died of
I don’t know about you, but I intend to write a strongly worded letter to
the White Star Line about all this.
She laughs weakly, but it sounds like a gasp of fear. Rose finds his eyes
in the dim light.
I love you Jack.
He takes her hand.
No… don’t say your good-byes, Rose. Don’t you give up. Don’t do it.
I’m so cold.
You’re going to get out of this… you’re going to go on and you’re going
to make babies and watch them grow and you’re going to die an old lady,
warm in your bed. Not here. Not this night. Do you understand me?
I can’t feel my body.
Rose, listen to me. Listen. Winning that ticket was the best thing that
ever happened to me.
Jack is having trouble getting the breath to speak.
It brought me to you. And I’m thankful, Rose. I’m thankful.
His voice is trembling with the cold which is working tis way to his heart.
But his eyes are unwavering.
You must do me this honor… promise me you will survive… that you will
never give up… no matter what happens… no matter how hopeless…
promise me now, and never let go of that promise.
Never let go.
I promise. I will never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.
She grips his hand and they lie with their heads together. It is quiet now,
except for the lapping of the water.
289 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN – NIGHT
Fifth Officer Lowe, the impetuous young Welshman, has gotten Boats 10, 12
and Collapsible D together with his own Boat 14. A demon of energy, he’s
had everyone hold the boats together and is transferring passengers from 14
into the others, to empty his boat for a rescue attempt.
As the women step gingerly across the other boats, Lowe sees a shawled
figure in too much of a hurry. He rips the shawl off, and finds himself
staring into the face of a man. He angrily shoves the stowaway into another
boat and turns to his crew of three.
Right, man the oars.
290 EXT. OCEAN / BOAT 14
The beam of an electric torch plays across the water like a searchlight as
boat 14 comes toward us.
ANGLE FROM THE BOAT as the torch illuminates floating debris, a poignant
trail of flotsam: a violin, a child’s wooden soldier, a framed photo of a
steerage family. Daniel Marvin’s wooden Biograph camera.
Then, their white lifebelts bobbing in the darkness like signoposts, the
first bodies come into the torch’s beam. The people are dead but not
drowned, killed by the freezing water. Some look like they could be
sleeping. Others stare with frozen eyes at the stars.
Soon bodies are so thick the seamen cannot row. They hit the oars on the
heads of floating men and women… a wooden thunk. One seaman throws up.
Lowe sees a mother floating with her arms frozen around her lifeless baby.
(the worst moment of his life)
We waited too long.
291 EXT. OCEAN
IN A HOVERING DOWNANGLE we see Jack and Rose floating in the black water.
The stars reflect in the mill pond surface, and the two of them seem to be
floating in interstellar space. They are absolutely still. Their hands are
locked together. Rose is staring upwards at the canopy of stars wheeling
above her. The music is transparent, floating… as the long sleep steals
over Rose, and she feels peace.
CLOSE ON Rose’s face. Pale, like the faces of the dead. She seems to be
floating in a void. Rose is in a semi-hallucinatory state. She knows she is
dying. Her lips barely move as she sings a scrap of Jack’s song:
“Come Josephine in my flying machine…”
ROSE’S POV: The stars. Like you’ve never seen them. The Milky Way a
glorious band from horizon to horizon.
A SHOOTING STAR flares… a line of light across the heavens.
TIGHT ON ROSE again. We see that her hair is dusted with frost crystals.
Her breathing is so shallow, she is almost motionless. Her eyes track down
from the stars to the water.
ROSE’S POV… SLOW MOTION: The silhouetter of a boat crossing the stars.
She sees men in it, rowing so slowly the oars lift out of the syrupy water,
leaving weightless pearls floating in the air. The VOICES of the men sound
slow and DISTORTED.
Then the lookout flashes his torch toward her and the light flares across
the water, silouetting the bobbing corpses in between. It flicks past her
motionless form and moves on. The boat is 50 feet away, and moving past
her. The men look away.
Rose lifts her head to turn to Jack. We see that her hair has frozen to the
wood under her.
She touches his shoulder with her free hand. He doesn’t respond. Rose
gently turns his face toward her. It is rimed with frost.
He seems to be sleeping peacefully.
But he is not asleep.
Rose can only stare at his still face as the realization goes through her.
All hope, will and spirit leave her. She looks at the boat. It is further
away now, the voices fainter. Rose watches them go.
She closes her eyes. She is so weak, and there just seems to be no reason
to even try.
And then… her eyes snap open.
She raises her head suddenly, cracking the ice as she rips her hair off the
wood. She calls out, but her voice is so weak they don’t hear her. The boat
is invisible now, the torch light a star impossibly far away. She struggles
to draw breath, calling again.
292 IN THE BOAT Lowe hears nothing behind him. He points to something
ahead, turning the tiller.
293 ROSE struggles to move. Her hand, she realizes, is actually frozen to
Jack’s. She breaths on it, melting the ice a little, and gently unclasps
their hands, breaking away a thin tinkling film.
I won’t let go. I promise.
She releases him and he sinks into the black water. He seems to fade out
like a spirit returning to some immaterial plane.
Rose rolls off the floating staircase and plunges into the icy water. She
swims to Chief Officer Wilde’s body and grabs his whistle. She starts to
BLOW THE WHISTLE with all the strength in her body. Its sound slaps across
the still water.
294 IN BOAT 14 Lowe whips around at the sound of the whistle.
(turning the tiller)
Row back! That way! Pull!
Rose keeps blowing as the boat comes to her. She is still blowing when Lowe
takes the whistle from her mouth as they haul her into the boat. She slips
into uncosciousness and they scramble to cover her with blankets…
295 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
EXTREME CLOSEUP of Rose’s ancient, wrinkled face. Present day.
Fifteen hundred people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us.
There were twenty boats floating nearby and only one came back. One. Six
were saved from the water, myself included. Six out of fifteen hundred.
As she speaks THE CAMERA TRACKS slowly across the faces of Lizzy and the
salvage crew on KELDYSH. Lovett, Bodine, Buell, the others… the reality
of what happened here 84 years before has hit them like never before. With
her story Rose has put them on Titanic in its final hours, and or the first
time, they do feel like graverobbers.
Lovett, for the first time, has even forgotten to ask about the diamond.
Afterward, the seven hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but
waith… wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution which would
296 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OPEN SEA – PRE-DAWN
MATCHING MOVE as the camera tracks along the faces of the saved.
DISSOLVE TO: ANOTHER BOAT, and then ANOTHER, seeing faces we know among the
survivors: Ismay in a trance, just staring and trembling… Cal, sipping
from a hip flask offered to him by a black-faced stoker… Ruth hugging
herself, rocking gently.
IN BOAT 14: CLOSE ON ROSE, lying swaddled. Only her face is visile, white
as the moon. The man next to her jumps up, pointing and yelling. Soon
everyone is looking and shouting excitedly. In Rose’s POV it is all silent,
IN SLOW-MOTION SILENCE we see Lowe light a green flare and wave it as
everyone shouts and cheers. Rose doesn’t react. She floats beyond all human
298 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OPEN SEA – DAWN
Golden lgiht washes across the white boats, which gloat in a calm sea
reflecting the rosy sky. All around them, like a flotilla of sailing ships,
are icebergs. The CARPATHIA sits nearby, as boats row toward her.
299 EXT. LIFEBOATS / OCEAN / CARPATHIA MONTAGE – DAY
IMAGES DISSOLVE into one another: a ship’s hull looming, with the letters
CARPATHIA visible on the bow… Rose watching, rocked by the sea, her face
blank… seamen helping survivors up the rope ladder to the Carpathia’s
gangway doors… two women crying and hugging each other inside the ship…
ALL SILENT, ALL IN SLOW-MOTION. There is just music, so gentle and sad,
part elegy, part hymn, part aching song of love lost forever.
THE IMAGES CONTINUE to music… Rose, outside of time, outside of herself,
coming into Carpathia, barely able to stand… Rose being draped wtih warm
blankets and given hot tea… BRUCE ISMAY climbing aboard. He has the face
and eyes of a damned soul.
As Ismay walks along the hall, guided by a crewman toward the doctor’s
cabin, he passes rows of seated and standing widows. He must run the
gauntlet of their accusing gazes.
300 EXT. DECK / CARPATHIA – DAY
It is the afternoon of the 15th. Cal is searching the faces of the widows
lining the deck, looking for Rose. The deck of Carpathia is crammed with
huddled people, and even the recovered lifeboats of Titanic. On a hatch
cover sits an enormous pile of lifebelts.
He keeps walking toward the stern. Seeing Cal’s tuxedo, a steward
You won’t find any of your people back here, sir. It’s all steerage.
Cal ignores him and goes amongst this wrecked group, looking under shawls
and blankets at one bleak face after another.
Rose is sipping hot tea. Her eyes focus on him as he approaches her. He
barely recognizes her. She looks like a refugee, her matted hair hanging in
Yes, I lived. How awkward for you.
Rose… your mother and I have been looking for you–
She holds up her hand, stopping him.
Please don’t. Don’t talk. Just listen. We will make a deal, since that is
something you understand. From this moment you do not exist for me, nor I
for you. You shall not see me again. And you will not attempt to find me.
In return I will keep my silence. Your actions last night need never come
to light, and you will get to keep the honor you have carefully purchased.
She fixes him with a glare as cold and hard as the ice which changed their
Is this in any way unclear?
(after a long beat)
What do I tell your mother?
Tell her that her daughter died with the Titanic.
She stands, turning to the rail. Dismissing him. We see Cal stricken with
You’re precious to me, Rose.
Jewels are precious. Goodbye, Mr. Hockley.
We see that in his way, the only way he knows, he does truly love her.
After a moment, he turns and walks away.
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
That was the last time I ever saw him. He married, of course, and inherited
his millions. The crash of 28 hit his interests hard, and he put a pistol
in his mouth that year. His children fought over the scraps of his estate
like hyenas, or so I read.
301 ANGLE ON ROSE, at the railing of the Carpathia, 9pm April 18th. She
gazes up at the Statue of Liberty, looking just as it does today, welcoming
her home with her glowing torch. It is just as Fabrizio saw it, so clearly,
in his mind.
302 LATER CARPATHIA DISCORGES THE SURVIVORS at the Cunard pier, Pier 54.
Over 30,000 people line the dock and fill the surrounding streets. The
magnesium flashes of the photographers go off like small bombs, lighting an
Several hundred police keep the mob back. The dock is packes with friends
and reletives, officials, ambulances, and the press–
Reporters and photographers swarm everywhere… 6 deep at the foot of the
gangways, lining the tops of cars and trucks… it is the 1912 equicalent
of a media circus. They jostle to get close to the survivors, tugging on
them as they pass and shouting over each other to ask them questions.
Rose is covered with a whoollen shawl and walking with a group of steerage
passengers. Immigration officers are asking them questions as they come off
Dawson. Rose Dawson.
The officer steers her toward a holding area for processing. Rose walks
forward with the dazed immigrants. The BOOM! of photographer’s magnesium
flashes cause them to flinch, and the glare is blinding. There is a sudden
disturbance near her as two men burst through the cordon, running to
embrace an older woman along the survivors, who cries out with joy. The
reporters converge on this emotional scene, and flashes explode.
Rose uses this moment to slip away into the crowd. She pushes through the
jostling people, moving with purpose, and none challenges her in the
OLD ROSE (V.O.)
Can you exchange one life for another? A caterpillar turns into a
butterfly. If a mindless insect can do it, why couldn’t I? Was it any more
unimaginable than the sinking of the Titanic?
TRACKING WITH HER as she walks away, further and further until she flashes
and the roar are far behind her, and shi is till walking, determined.
303 INT. IMAGING SHACK / KELDYSH
Old Rose sits with the group in the Imaging Shack, lit by the blue glow of
the screens. She holds the haircomb with the jade butterfly on the handle
in her gnarled hands.
We never found anything on Jack. There’s no record of him at all.
No, there wouldn’t be, would there? And I’ve never spoken of him until now,
not to anyone.
Not even your grandfather. A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But
now you all know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me,
in every way that a person can be saved.
(closing her eyes)
I don’t even have a picture of him. He exists now only in my memory.
305 EXT. OCEAN FLOOR / TITANIC WRECK
The Mir submersibles make their last pass over the ship. We hear Yuri the
pilot on the UQC:
Mir One returning to surface.
The sub rises off the deck of the wreck, taking its light with it, leaving
the Titanic once again it its fine and private darkness.
306 EXT. KELDYSH DECK
A desultory wrap party for the expedition is in progress. There is music
and some of the (co-ed) Russian crew are dancing. Bodine is getting drunk
in the aggressive style of Baker Joughin.
Lovett stands at the rail, looking down into the black water. Lizzy comes
to him, offering him a beer. She puts her hand on his arm.
We were pissin’ in the wind the whole time.
Lovett notices a figure move through the lights far down at the stern of
307 EXT. KELDYSH STERN DECK
Rose walks through the shadows of the deck machinery. Her nightgown blows
in the wind. Her feet are bare. Her hands are clutched at her chest, almost
as if she is praying.
ON LOVETT AND LIZZY running down the stairs from the top deck, hauling ass.
ROSE reaches the sern rail. Her gnarled fingers wrap over the rail. Her
ancient foot steps up on the gunwale. She pushes herself up, leaning
forward. Over her shoulder, we see the black water glinting far below.
LOVETT AND LIZZY run up behind her.
Grandma, wait!! Don’t–
ROSE TURNS her head, looking at them. She turns further, and we see she has
something in her hand, something she was about to drop overboard.
It is the “Heart of the Ocean”.
Lovett sees his holy grail in her hand and his eyes go wide. Rose keeps it
over the railing where she can drop it anytime.
Don’t come any closer.
You had it the entire time?!
FLASH CUT TO: A SILENT IMAGE OF YOUNG ROSE walking away from Pier 54. The
photographers’ flashes go off like a battle behind her. She has her hands
in her pockets. She stops, feeling something, and pulls out the necklace.
She stares at it in amazement.
BACK ON KELDYSH, Rose smiles at Brock’s incomprehension.
The hardest part about being so poor, was being so rich. But every time I
though of selling it, I though of Cal. And somehow I always got by without
She holds it out over the water. Bodine and a couple of the other guys come
up behind Lovett, reacting to what is in Rose’s hand.
Don’t drop it Rose.
(a fierce whisper)
It’s hers, you schmuck.
Look, Rose, I… I don’t know what to say to a woman who tries to jump off
the Titanic when it’s not sinking, and jumps back onto it when it is…
we’re not dealing with logic here, I know that… but please… think about
this a second.
I have. I came all the way here so this could go back where it belongs.
The massive diamond glitters. Brock edges closer and holds out his hand…
Just let me hold it in my hand, Rose. Please. Just once.
He comes closer to her. It is reminiscent of Jack slowly moving up to her
at the stern of Titanic.
Surprisingly, she calmly places the massice stone in the palm of his hand,
while still holding onto the necklace. Lovett gazes at the object of his
quest. An infinity of cold scalpels glint in its blue depths. It is
mesmerizing. It fits in his hand just like he imagined.
His grip tightens on the diamond.
He looks up, meeting her gaze. Her eyes are suddenly infinitely wise and
You look for treasures in the wrong place, Mr. Lovett. Only life is
priceless, and making each day count.
His fingers relax. He opens them slowly. Gently she slips the diamond out
of his hand. He feels it sliding away.
Then, with an impish little grin, Rose tosses the necklace over the rail.
Lovett gives a strangled cry and rushes to the rail in time to see it hit
the water and disappear forever.
Aww!! That really sucks, lady!
Brock Lovett goes through ten changes before he settles on a reaction… HE
LAUGHS. He laughs until the tears come to his eyes. Then he turns to Lizzy.
Would you like to dance?
Lizzy grins at him and nods. Rose smiles. She looks up at the stars.
308 IN THE BLACK HEART OF THE OCEAN, the diamond sinks, twinkling end over
end, into the infinate depths.
309 INT. ROSE’S CABIN / KELDYSH
A GRACEFUL PAN across Rose’s shelf of carefully arranged pictures:
Rose as a young actress in California, radiant… a theatrically lit studio
publicity shot… Rose and her husband, with their two children… Rose
with her son at his college graduation… Rose with her children and
grandchildren at her 70th birthday. A collage of images of a life lived
THE PAN STOPS on an image filling frame. Rose, circa 1920. She is at the
beach, sitting on a horse at the surfline. The Santa Monica pier, with its
rollercoaster is behind her. She is grinning, full of life.
We PAN OFF the last picture to Rose herself, warm in her bunk. A profile
shot. She is very still. She could be sleeping, or maybe something else.
310 THE WRECK OF TITANIC looms like a ghost out of the dark. It is lit by a kind of moonlight, a light of the mind. We pass over the endless forecastle deck to the superstructure, moving faster than subs can move… almost like we are flying.
WE GO INSIDE, and the echoing sound of distant waltz music is heard. The rust fades away from the walls of the dark corridor and it is transformed… WE EMERGE onto the grand staircase, lit by glowing chandelier. The music is vibrant now, and the room is populated by men in tie and tails, women in gowns. It is exquisitely beautiful.
IN POV we sweep down the staircase. The crowd of beautiful gentlmen and ladies turn as we descend toward them. At the bottom a man stands with his back to us… he turns and it is Jack. Smiling he holds his hand out toward us.
IN A SIDE ANGLE Rose goes into his arms, a girl of 17. The passengers, officers and crew of the RMS Titanic smile and applaud in the utter silence of the abyss.