121 INT. WIRELESS ROOM
A BRILLIANT ARC OF ELECTRICITY fills frame-- the
sparks gap of the Marconi instrument as SENIOR WIRELESS OPERATOR JACK PHILLIPS
(24) rapidly keys out a message. Junior Operator Bride looks through the
huge stack of outgoing messages swamping them.
||Look at this one, he wants his private train to meet him. La dee
down) We'll be up all bloody
night on this lot.
| Phillips start to receive an incoming
message from a nearby ship, the Leyland freighter 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
122 INT. / EXT. WIRELESS SHACK / FREIGHTER
Wireless Operator 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 down.
|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 like 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.
okay. I'm alright.
|He lays his cheek against her
feel your heart beating.
|She hugs his head to her chest, and
just holds on for dear life.
|OLD ROSE (V.0.):
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
125 EXT. ATLANTIC / TITANIC -
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 vapor of their breath away behind.
can smell ice, you know, when it's near.
126 INT. BOILER ROOM SIX
Without hearing the words over the roar of the
furnaces, we see stokers telling TWO STEWARDS which way Rose and Jack went.
The stewards move off toward the forward holds.
127 INT. CAL AND ROSE'S SUITE
Cal stands at the open safe. He stares at the
drawing of Rose and his face clenches with fury. He reads the not again:
"DARLING, NOW YOU CAN KEEP US BOTH LOCKED IN YOUR SAFE, ROSE".
Lovejoy, standing behind him, looks over his shoulder
at the drawing. Cal crumples Rose's not, then takes the drawing in both hands
as if to rip it in half. He tenses to do it, then stops himself.
a better idea.
128 INT. HOLD #2 - NIGHT
The two stewards enter. They have electric torches
and play the beams around the hold. They spot the Renault with its fogged
up rear window and approach it slowly.
FROM INSIDE we see the torch light up Rose's
passionate handprint, still there on the fogged up glass. One steward whips
open the door.
|REVERSE: the back seat is empty.
129 EXT. FORWARD WELL DECK AND CROW'S NEST
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 embracing. 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.
this ship docks, I'm getting off with you.
know. It doesn't make any sense. That's why I trust it.
| Jack pulls her to him and kisses
130 IN THE CROW'S NEST Fleet nudges
look at that, would ya.
a bloody sight warmer than we are.
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 his face.
FLEET'S POV: a massive iceberg right in their path,
500 yards out.
| Fleet reaches past Lee and rings
the lookout bell three times, then grabs the telephone, calling the bridge.
He waits precious seconds for it to be picket up, never taking his eyes off
the black mass ahead.
up, ya bastard.
131 INT. / EXT. BRIDGE
Inside the enclosed wheelhouse, SIXTH OFFICER MOODY
walks unhurriedly to the telephone, picking it up.
What do you see?
(hangs up, calls
to Murdoch) Iceberg right
|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.
||(standing behind Hitchins)
Hard'a starboard. The helm
is hard over, sir.
|CRASH SEQUENCE / SERIES OF
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.
astern! FULL ASTERN!!
|The engineers and greasers like madmen
to close steam valves and start braking the mighty propeller shafts, big
as Sequoias, 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.
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 setting).
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
136 THE BOW OF THE SHIP thunders right at
KRUUUNCH!! The ship hits the berg on its starboard
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 feet. 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 quickly throws the switch that closes them.
|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.
Lads! Go! Go!
|He dives through into Boiler Room
5 just before the door rumbles down with a CLANG.
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 table.
147 IN THE PALM COURT, with its high arched
windows, Molly Brown holds up her drink to a passing waiter.
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
mate... that was a close shave.
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.
was that, Mr. Murdoch?
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--
the emergency doors.
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 BOXHALL.
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
|152 IN HIS STATEROOM Tommy
gets out of his top bunk in the dark and drops down to the floor.
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
153 INT. FIRST CLASS CORRIDOR /
A couple of people have come out into the corridor
in robes and slippers. A STEWARD hurries along, reassuring them.
have the engines stopped? I felt a shudder?
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 ship.
okay. I don't see anything.
it have damaged the ship?
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, laughing.
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.
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.
no cause for alarm. Please, go back to your rooms.
| He is stopped in his tracks by Cal
sir. There's no emergency--
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.
degree list in less than ten minutes.
|SHIP'S CARPENTER JOHN HUTCHINSON
enters behind him, out of breath and clearly unnerved.
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.
have we stopped?
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.
it, lads. Get the hell up!
|They scramble up the escape
159 EXT. B-DECK FORWARD / WELL
The gentlemen, now joined by another man, leans
on the forward rail watching the steerage men playing soccer with chunks
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.
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.
you shore up?
unless the pumps get ahead.
|The inspection party goes down the
stairs to the well deck.
||(low, to her) It's
have to tell Mother and Cal.
with me, Jack. I jump, you jump... Right?
|Jack follows Rose through the door
inside the ship.