The Ultimate Titanic Movie Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

One of the most beloved films of the 20th century, "Titanic" made James Cameron king of the cinematic world. You know the history — and the love story — but do you know the facts, figures and tasty trivia behind this blockbuster film? Take our quiz and find out.

What major star was originally a favorite for the lead male role?

Matthew McConaughey was favored by the studio, but with support from James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio won the role.

Advertisement

Who played the role of the unsinkable Molly Brown in the film?

Although Reba McEntire was offered the part, she had to pass because of prior commitments. The role was ultimately played by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates.

Advertisement

Kate Winslet contracted what illness during filming?

Winslet contracted pneumonia, probably as a result of spending long hours in chilly water. Most of the other cast members wore wet suits under their clothes, but she did not, probably because the garment would show or create additional bulk.

Advertisement

Adjusted for today's dollars, did the Titanic ocean liner cost more or less to make than the movie about its ultimate fate?

The film cost more. In 1997 when the film was produced, it would have cost a high-end figure of about $150 million to build the Titanic ocean liner. It cost around $200 million to make the film.

Advertisement

How much money has "Titanic" grossed worldwide?

According to Box Office Mojo, worldwide grosses for the film have reached nearly $2.2 billion.

Advertisement

What was the working title of the film?

The film was titled "Planet Ice" in early footage taken of icebergs. It kept that title for a while as misdirection for the overly curious.

Advertisement

How old was the version of Rose played by Gloria Stuart?

Gloria Stuart played a 101-year-old Rose. The actress was 86 at the time.

Advertisement

What was the name of Rose's fiancé (played by Billy Zane)?

That would be Caledon Hockley, or Cal for short.

Advertisement

How old was Leonardo DiCaprio during the filming of "Titanic?"

He was 22.

Advertisement

How old was Kate Winslet during the filming of "Titanic?"

She was 21.

Advertisement

What is the name of the gem given to Rose by her wealthy fiancé?

It was a huge, perfect blue diamond called the heart of the ocean.

Advertisement

How does Jack score his Titanic tickets?

He wins two third-class tickets in a poker game and invites his friend Fabrizio De Rossi along for the ride.

Advertisement

What is the name of the love theme from "Titanic?"

The song is "My Heart Will Go On." This Academy Award winner was written by composer James Horner and lyricist Will Jenning.

Advertisement

How much of an age difference is there between Rose and Cal?

There's a 13-year age gap. Rose is 17 and Cal is 30.

Advertisement

It isn't uncommon for directors to make cameo appearances in their films. How many times does James Cameron appear on film in "Titanic?"

He appears twice, once during the below-decks party, and again waiting for a lifeboat later in the film.

Advertisement

In which film did Bill Paxton (who played Brock Lovett) first work with director James Cameron?

Paxton and Cameron have had a long and successful association. Paxton's first movie with Cameron directing was the 1984 film "The Terminator." You can see him in an early scene as one of the punks killed when the cyborg (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) steals clothing someone is unlucky enough to still be wearing.

Advertisement

What was James Cameron's actual salary for directing Titanic?

That would be 0. Cameron forfeited his salary (an estimated $8 million), when the film ran over budget.

Advertisement

You probably remember the powerful wave that burst through the doorway as the Titanic began to sink. How much water was used in that scene?

Although the original plan called for 40,000 gallons of water to rush through the door, Cameron didn't think that was enough. He increased it to 120,000 gallons.

Advertisement

A true critical and popular success, how many Oscars did "Titanic" win?

It won 11 awards, for best: picture, director (James Cameron), art direction, cinematography, sound, sound effects editing, original dramatic score, original song ("My Heart Will Go On"), costumes, film editing and visual effects.

Advertisement

"Titanic "was released in the U.S. in November of 1997. How many weeks in a row did it claim the No. 1 box office spot?

It was No. 1 at the box office for 15 weeks running.

Advertisement

"Titanic" held the record for highest grossing film of all time until it was unseated in 2010 by what blockbuster?

"Avatar" surpassed "Titanic" at the box office. Both were James Cameron films.

Advertisement

Although it actually won 11 Academy Awards, "Titanic" was nominated for how many?

It was nominated for 14. This placed it in a tie with the film "All About Eve" (released in 1950) for most nominations.

Advertisement

What actress played Rose as an old woman in the film?

The role was played by Gloria Stuart. For her touching portrayal of Rose at the end of her life, Stuart became the oldest actor, at the age of 87, to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Advertisement

What is Jack's most famous (and spoofed) line in the film?

Jack shouts "I'm the king of the world!" The American Film Institute has included his enthusiastic proclamation in their list of the top 100 quotes in movie history.

Advertisement

Who sang the love theme from "Titanic?"

Céline Dion sang the theme song.

Advertisement

To accommodate the limitations of filming, and make some scenes look more realistic, some sets were either larger or smaller than they would have been in real life. Was the main staircase made larger or smaller?

The main staircase was made somewhat larger.

Advertisement

As Rose and Jack meet at the Grand Staircase near the conclusion of the film, the clock in the scene is set to the time of the actual sinking of the Titanic. What time is displayed?

The time is set to 2:20 a.m.

Advertisement

What well-known actor was in line for the role of Captain Smith but had to pass for health reasons?

Robert De Niro was suffering from a gastrointestinal infection and declined the role.

Advertisement

After the ship sinks, what type of flotsam is keeping Rose afloat?

Whether you think the section of wood paneling on which Rose survives the frigid waters was large enough for Jack to climb onto or not, it wasn't just stagecraft. It was modeled after an actual piece of Titanic wreckage.

Advertisement

What cast member was old enough to have actually been a passenger on the Titanic?

That would be Gloria Stuart.

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!