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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
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
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
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 estealing 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 the
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 wreck.
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
Snoop Dog goes down several decks, then moves laterally into the First Class
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 on
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 in 1912.
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 the door...
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
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
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
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
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 almost heart-shaped.
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...
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
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 educational
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 just
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 today...
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
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
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. Lovett.
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
21 EXT. KELDYSH - DAY
Brock and Bodine are watching Mir 2 being sweng over the side to start a dive.
She's a goddamned liar! A nutcase. Like that... what's her name? That Anastasia
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 dead.
The Sea Stallion approaches the ship, BG, forcing Brock to yell over the rotors.
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. Got it?
22 EXT. KELDYSH HELIPAD
IN A THUNDERING DOWNBLAST the helicopter's wheels bounce down on the helipad.
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 light.
HOLD ON the incongruous image of this little old lady, looking impossibly
fragile amongst all the high tech gear, grungy deck crew and gigantic equipment.
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 direct.
28 Rose smiles, remembering. Brock has the reference photo of the necklace in
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, Rost?
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, here...
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
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
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
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
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 steamer.
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 sandwich.
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 piercing eyes.
It is the girl in the drawing. ROSE. She looks up at the ship, taking it in with
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 Rose.
A WHITE STAR LINE PORTER scurries toward them, harried by last minute loading.
Sir, you'll have to check your baggage through the main terminal, round that
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
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 come
Cal breezes on, leaving the minions to scramble. He quickly checks his pocket
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 handlers.
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 Department.
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 your
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 them.
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 card.
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
(turns to his friend)
What sorry? What you got? You lose my money?? Ma va fa'n culo testa di cazzo--
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,
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 wait!
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 monstrous.
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 gangway doors.
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 passenger
He hands the tickets back, eyeing Fabrizio's Mediterranean looks suspiciously.
(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 the quay.
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 the dock.
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
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 phrase books.
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
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 money".
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 water.
52 INT. / EXT. TITANIC - SERIES OF SCENES - DAY
ON THE BRIDGE, CAPTAIN SMITH turns from the binnacle to FIRST OFFICER WILLIAM
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 hellish glow.
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 hair
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
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 history...
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 is...
(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
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 the water.
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 isolated.
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 noticed.
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 black water.
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 horizon.
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 running
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 the--
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 the
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 again.
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 her.
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
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
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
(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 his
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,
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--
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 that?
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 wave
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 pull.
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 memory.
(he holds out his hand)
You see this? Right here?
She looks at his hand, palm up. Empty. Cupped, as if around an imaginary shape.
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 are.
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
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 purpose.
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 at her.
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
Fabrizio is struggling to get a conversation going with an attractive Norwegian
girl, HELGA DAHL, sitting with her family at a table across the room.
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, smiling.
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 different reasons.
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
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
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
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 caviar.
(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 Whiplash.
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
(looks at the dusk sky)
Why can't I be like you Jack? Just head out for the horizon whenever I feel like
(turning to him)
Say we'll go there, sometime... to that pier... even if we only ever just talk
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. It's
They didn't teach you that in finishing school? Here, it's easy. Watch closely.
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 squashed
Well, Jack, it sounds like you're a good man to have around in a sticky spot--
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 deck.
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 that.
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 studs.
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 beauty.
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
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 several
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 coquettishly.
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 upon...
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 good
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 little
(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 lighting.
(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 steops.
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 faster.
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
How you two doin'?
I don't know hwat she's say, she don't know what I say, so we get along fine.
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 inside.
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 fiancee--
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 our
(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 mother's
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 group.
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 place.
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
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
(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 alright.
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
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
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 steady
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 lovers.
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
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
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
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 robe.
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.
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 become.
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 doubtful.
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 the fires.
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 and wood.
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
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 GROVES.
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 shutting
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 FRAME--
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
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
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
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 figures
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
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
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 wheel.
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 come on.
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 helm
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 a
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 wound.
146 IN THE FIRST CLASS SMOKING ROOM Gracie watches his highball vibrating on the
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 maiden voyage.
(stiffly, to Moody)
Note the time. Enter it in the log.
Captain Smith rushes out of his cabin onto the bridge, tucking in his shirt.
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 I--
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 the
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 their rooms.
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 moron!
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 clearly
She's making water fast... in the forepeak tank and the forward holds, in boiler
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
(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 coat.
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 it!
She is devastated. Her mother lays a comforting hand on her shoulder as te tears
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
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 cold.
165 INT. ROSE AND CAL'S SUITE
From inside the sitting room they can hear knocking and voices in the corridor.
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 story in...
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 Officer
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 YOUNG
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 get
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
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 the boats?
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 small dogs.
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,
(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
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
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 we?
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 bullet.
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
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 told!
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 6.
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
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 boat.
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
You unimaginable bastard.
Come on, Ruth, get in the boat. These are the first class seats right up here.
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
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 it's
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
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 floor.
He tries to pull one hand out of the cuffs, working until the skin is raw... no
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 it.
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 longer.
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 around.
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 each
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
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 one.
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 that
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 eyes crazed...
Help me! We need help!
He doesn't look back. It is like a bad dream. The hull gongs with terrifying
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 either side.
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 visible.
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 locked.
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 something--
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
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 rocket. WHOOSH!
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
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 stairwell.
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 squeezing
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
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
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 Fabrizio.
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
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 the safe.
(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 there.
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
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
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 row!!
209 CAPTAIN SMITH, at the rail of the boat deck, lowers his megaphone slowly
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 by.
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
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 forward.
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 crew.
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 A-Deck.
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
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
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 close
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
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 bridge.
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
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 and
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 catch.
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 morning.
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
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 thought.
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
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 stairs.
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
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 aimed--
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
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
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
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
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 of pressure.
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 going
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 waist.
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 landing.
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 them.
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
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 back.
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
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
233 INT. STAIRWELL
Jack and Rose run up seemingly endless stairs as the ship groans and torgues
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
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 below.
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
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 members.
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 thee..."
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 be correct.
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 with it.
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 collapsible under.
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 violin.
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 possible.
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 water.
The ship GROANS and SHUDDERS. The man ahead of Jack is walking like a zombie.
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
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
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 tilting deck.
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 dread.
Pulling himself from handhold to handhold, Jack tugs Rose aft along the deck.
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 liftime... ago.
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
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 light--
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 machinery.
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 breaking
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 fiercely.
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
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 Rose.
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 thirty
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, shouting... screaming.
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 overwhelming.
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 and...
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
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 he can.
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 back.
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
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 hundreds
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
We should do something.
Lucile squeezes Cosmo's hand and pleads him with her eyes. She is terrified.
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 move.
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 organized...
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 exposure
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
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
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
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
Rose lifts her head to turn to Jack. We see that her hair has frozen to the wood
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
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
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 never come.
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,
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, SLOW MOTION.
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 emotion.
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
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 approaches
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 her eyes.
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 amazing
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 the
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 confusion.
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
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
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 the
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
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 his help.
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 deep.
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
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 well.
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
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
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.