The movie achieved critical and commercial success, with eleven Academy Awards, receiving the prizes for Best Picture and Best Director.Titanic is also ranked as the sixth best epic film of all time in AFI's 10 Top 10 by the American Film Institute. The film is due for re-release in 3-D on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic disaster.
The film's young lovers, played by Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, with Gloria Stuart as Old Rose, and Billy Zane as Rose's fiancé, Cal Hockley help lay the foundation of the legendary Titanic story.
"Splendid chemistry between the stars, along with much color from the supporting cast and careful foreshadowing from Mr. Cameron, keeps the romance buoyant even after the dread iceberg gets in its way.
This film is especially delicate in its slow way of letting the gravity of the situation become clear. Beyond its romance, Titanic offers an indelibly wrenching story of blind arrogance and its terrible consequences. It's the rare Hollywood adventure film that brings mythic images of tragedy ". New York Times 12/19/1997
- Titanic Wikipedia
- Kathy Bates as Margaret Brown: Molly Brown was dubbed "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" by historians because she, with the support of other women, commandeered Lifeboat 6 from Quartermaster Hichens.
- Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews: The ship's builder. It is unknown how the real Andrews died.
- Bernard Hill as Captain Edward John Smith: Smith planned to make the Titanic his final voyage before retiring.
- Jonathan Hyde as Joseph Bruce Ismay: Ismay was a White Star Line managing director.
- Eric Braeden as Colonel Madeleine Astor survived in one of the last boats to leave the Titanic, but her survival is not shown.
- Bernard Fox as Colonel Archibald Gracie IV: he survived the sinking on the overturned Collapsible B.
- Michael Ensign as Benjamin Guggenheim.
- Jonathan Evans-Jones as Wallace Hartley: The ship's bandmaster and violinist who plays uplifting music with his colleagues on the boat deck as the ship sinks.
- Ewan Stewart as First Officer William Murdoch: The officer who is put in charge of the bridge on the night the ship struck the iceberg.
- Jonathan Phillips as 'Second Officer Charles Lightoller: The ship's most senior surviving officer.
- Ioan Gruffudd as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe: The only ship's officer who led a lifeboat to retrieve survivors of the sinking on the icy waters. The film depicts Lowe rescuing Rose.
- Edward Fletcher as Sixth Officer James Moody: The ship's only junior officer who died in the sinking.
- James Lancaster as Father Thomas Byles: Father Byles, a Catholic priest from England, is portrayed praying and consoling passengers during the ship's final moments.
- Lew Palter and Elsa Raven as Ida Straus: Isidor is a former owner of R.H. Macy and Company, a former congressman from New York, and a member of the New York and New Jersey Bridge Commission. During the sinking, his wife Ida is offered a place in a lifeboat, but refuses, saying that she will honor her wedding pledge by staying with Isidor. They are last seen lying on their bed embracing each other as water fills their stateroom.
- Martin Jarvis as Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon: A Scottish baronet who is rescued in Lifeboat 1.
- Rosalind Ayres as Lady Duff-Gordon: A world-famous fashion designer and Sir Cosmo's wife.
- Rochelle Rose as Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes: The Countess is shown to be friendly with Cal and the DeWitt Bukaters. She is kind, and helps row the boat and even looks after the steerage passengers.
- Scott G. Anderson as Frederick Fleet: The lookout who saw the iceberg. Fleet escapes the sinking ship aboard Lifeboat 6.
- Paul Brightwell as Quartermaster Robert Hichens: One of the ship's 6 quartermasters and was at the ship's wheel at the time of collision. He was in charge of Lifeboat 6. He refused to go back and pick up survivors after the sinking and eventually the boat was commandeered by Margaret "Molly" Brown.
- Martin East as Reginald Lee: The other lookout in the crow's nest. He survives the sinking.
- Simon Crane as Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall: The officer in charge of firing flares and manning Lifeboat 2 during the sinking.
- Gregory Cooke as Jack Phillips: Senior wireless operator on board the Titanic whom Captain Smith ordered to send the distress signal.
- Craig Kelly as Harold Bride: Junior wireless operator on board the Titanic. He survived the sinking.
- Liam Tuohy as Chief Baker Charles Joughin: According to the real Joughin's testimony he rode the ship down and stepped into the water without getting his hair wet. He also admitted to hardly feeling the cold, most likely thanks to alcohol.
- Terry Forrestal as Chief Engineer Joseph G. Bell: Bell and his men worked until the last minute to keep the lights and the power on in order for distress signals to get out. Bell and all of the engineers died in the bowels of the Titanic.
- Kevin De La Noy as Third Officer Herbert Pitman: In charge of Lifeboat 5.