Titanic is a two-part miniseries released on CBS in November of 1996. It features the sinking of the ship from all three classes, the Californian and the Carpathia. The miniseries was directed by Robert Lieberman, and the original music score was composed by Lennie Niehaus.
Wynn Park & Isabella Paradine
Isabella Paradine is traveling on the Titanic to join her husband after attending her aunt's funeral in England. On the Titanic, she meets Wynn Park, her former lover. She falls in love with him again, and after a brief affair, she sends her husband a wireless saying they cannot be together anymore (despite their daughter).
The Allisons & Alice Cleaver
Based on a true story.
Also in first class is the Allison family, returning home to Montreal with their two small children and new nurse, Alice Cleaver. They gradually become wary and suspicious of her hysterical and neurotic behavior. Later on, a fellow maid asks her if she'd seen her in Cairo the previous month, but soon realizes that she remembers her from the highly publicized trial where Alice was accused of throwing her baby off a train...
Jamie Perse, Aase Ludvigsen & Simon Doonan
In third class, a young vagrant named Jamie Perse steals a ticket to get on board. He manages to become friends with one of the crewmen, Simon Doonan, who is also a robber, but later is revealed to be a much more violent and callous criminal than Jamie. The young man falls in love with Aase (pronounced "Osa") Ludvigsen, a recent Christian convert and missionary. On the night of the sinking, Aase is raped and beaten by Doonan, causing her to lose her faith and will to live.
Alice is woken by the iceberg collision and panics: she knows the ship is sinking rapidly and boards Lifeboat 7 with Trevor, the Allison's infant son.
Isabella, Aase and Doonan (disguised as an old woman) all board the same lifeboat: No. 14, with Fifth Officer Lowe. Isabella reluctantly leaves Wynn when he forces her to board a lifeboat. As the boat is lowered, Isabella confesses a long kept secret that her daughter Claire is actually Wynn's. Aase, still in shock by Doonan's actions, is forced into the boat by Jamie.
Meanwhile, The Allison's desperately try to find their baby. Mrs Allison refuses to leave: "I'm not gonna leave this ship without my baby!" so Mr. Allison searches the whole ship to find Trevor, unaware of the fact he's already safely in another boat. The Allisons' continue to search for their baby, while more and more lifeboats are leaving...
Jamie assists with the lowering of the last lifeboats when suddenly someone jumps in and the rope slips out of his hands. Jamie stumbles in the boat, probably breaking his back. He can barely move and screams in pain as the boat is being lowered, but he is saved in one of the last lifeboats.
Isabella, Jamie and other survivors watch the Titanic sink, with Wynn and the Allison's still on board.
Isabella begs Lowe to go back to the ship to pick up survivors, knowing that Wynn is there and needs help. Lowe agrees to go back, but is interrupted by an old woman with a heavy voice, who fears that the swimmers will swamp them. Aase takes off the woman's veil, revealing Doonan. Aase starts slapping Doonan for what he did to her, but he punches her overboard. Doonan tries to hold the passengers at gunpoint, but Officer Lowe, who is in charge of the boat, hits Doonan in the head with a paddle, snapping his neck.
The unconscious Aase drifts off all the way to Jamie's lifeboat. Jamie, still partially paralyzed, somehow spots her and dredges her into his boat, but it turns out to be a dead man. It later revealed that she was pulled back onboard by the occupants on Lifeboat #14.
All lifeboats are rescued by the Carpathia. All survivors and some dead bodies picked out of the water are taken on board the rescue ship. Isabella is grief-stricken when she finds Wynn's lifeless body on deck among other victims who have died of hypothermia, but luckily, when the Carpathia reaches New York she is reunited with her family who are blissfully unaware of Isabella's tryst because the telegram was never sent out due to the sinking.
Jamie subsequently atones for his past life after he brings Aase to the makeshift hospital aboard the Carpathia. Aase makes a full recovery and in the end, upon arriving in New York, the two plan to start a new life together.
- This is the first Titanic movie to show the ship splitting in two.
- During the scenes featuring the flooding of the Titanic, the rushing water damaged the set causing the set to be badly damaged. During retakes, many extras were strategically placed to hold up the broken pieces.
- Filming was from July 8th, 1996 to September 3rd, 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Because of the upcoming James Cameron film being released the next year, the mini-series was rushed into production and very hastily completed in order to cash in on the latter's before-release hype. As a result, the mini-series was filled with many inaccuracies which Titanic enthusiasts found inexcusable given the wealth of knowledge about the liner and its occupants available by the mid-1990s.
Missing important characters
- Sarah Rebecca Daniels (maid to the Allison family)
- While in Southampton, the Titanic is shown docked on the Starboard side while picking up passengers. In real life, passengers boarded the Titanic on the Port side.
- The Titanic was not fully booked as Henry Samuel Etches tells Isabella Paradine when she doesn't want to be near Wynn Park's cabin.
- The actors playing Stanley Lord, Arthur Rostron, Second Officer Stone, Third Officer Groves, Etches, and Forth Officer Boxhall were older than their real life counterparts.
- Captain Lord is shown having a beard, which he didn't have.
- The RMS Carpathia didn't not recover any bodies from the Titanic disaster, they only had the dead body of William Henry Lyons who was buried at sea on April 16th, 1912.
- The Carpathia arrived to New York City during a ferociously rainstorms, not in broad daylight as the mini-series shows.
- The Grand Staircase in the mini-series doesn't have a glass dome and has a chandelier dangling from the covered ceiling. The wood is also darker than the one on the Titanic.
- The First Class Dining Saloon was located on D Deck, not A Deck in the miniseries. The color of the room is peaches and cream, the real dining room was white. And there was no dance floor in the dining room since dancing wasn't part of First Class customs until the 1920's.
- The Titanic is shown to have a large Morse lamp when they are trying to contact the SS Californian when the rockets aren't attracting the Californian's attention.
- The Smoking Room is shown to have a bar, in reality the stewards served drinks to the male passengers.
- The Wireless Room did not have an inquiry window for Passengers to pass messages to Jack Phillips and Harold Bride. Passengers gave the Purser their wireless messages and payment, and these were relayed to the wireless room by pneumatic tubes.
- For the rape scene, the Third Class didn't have showers. They only had two bathtubs.
- Alice Catherine Cleaver was not a child murderer, she was mistaken for Alice Mary Cleaver.
- Boxhall is shown going down with the Titanic, in reality he survived the sinking and later died on April 25th, 1967. This means he was combined with Sixth Officer Moody since he answers the phone when Frederick Fleet spots the iceberg.
- Fifth Officer Lowe is the one who reports to Captain Rostron the loss of the Titanic. In real life, it was Boxhall who confirmed to Captain Rostron that Titanic sank.
- There is a possibility that Henry Etches is inaccurately died in the sinking in the mini-series, since he is seen in the water clutching a chair that Wynn Park throws into the water.
- Both Philips and Bride are played by redheaded actors, they most likely had dark hair color.
- Philips is seen dying on Collapsible B, but in real life he most likely froze to death in the Atlantic Ocean. The report of Philips on the Collapsible was only a rumor.
- There are several errors relating to Margaret Brown. She actually boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, not Southampton. She was not known as "Molly" until after her death, and in contrast to her portrayal as a raving, oversexed hillbilly, she was in fact an intelligent, well-mannered, social and political activist. She was also much older and less attractive than actress Marilu Henner.
- Edward John Smith
- Joseph Bruce Ismay
- Allison family
- Alice Cleaver
- William McMaster Murdoch
- Charles Herbert Lightoller
- Joseph Groves Boxhall
- Harold Godfrey Lowe
- John George Phillips
- Harold Sydney Bride
- John Jacob Astor IV
- Madeleine Talmadge Force Astor
- Margaret Brown
- Frederick Fleet
- Reginald Robinson Lee
- Stanley Lord
- Henry Samuel Etches
- Arthur Rostron
- Joseph Bell
- First Officer Dean
- Second Officer Stone
- Third Officer Groves
- Ida Straus
- Isidor Straus
- Robert Hichens
- Wynn Park
- Isabella Paradine
- Hazel Foley
- Simon Doonan
- Jamie Perse
- Aase Ludvigsen
- Clarinda Jack
- Black Billy Jack
- Marge Miller
- Mr. Dickie (not on the Titanic)
- Lulu Foley
- Alden Foley
- Ophelia Jack
- Perry Jack
- Bartender Thomas Joe McCormack
- Crewman at Steerage Gate
- Claire Paradine (not on the Titanic)
- Edward Paradine (not on the Titanic)