I remember waiting ever so impatiently all that summer for it to be released. It was supposed to come out in summer, not winter. This is tragic and pathetic I know, but I still have my ticket stubs and popcorn buckets (the buckets have the "Titanic: Collide with Destiny" slogan/poster on them) from the times that I went to see it in the theater.
I remember being so happy that the Titanic was finally a mainstream success instead of being treated as just an eccentric hobby! The whole world was hip to the program at last that the Titanic was sooooo cooool! Yes!
The first time I saw it was at the base theatre at Naval air Station keflavik Iceland. What I remember most were some of the cutting edge special effects and the recreation of the ship which was remarkably accurate even if the story left a bit to be desired.
This was the first movie I had seen for a long time on "the big screen"...I think the last movie I had seen prior to "Titanic 1997" was "The Great Train Robbery", with William S. Hart.....since then I have acquired the 3-DVD set and watched it on the small screen ....How many times ?...Oh ?...a bunch of times !...in English, in Spanish,in French, with Cameron's commentary, with the actors' commentary, with Don Lynch and Ken Marschall's commentary...with subtitles and with not....still frame, slow motion, fast forward....et cetera, et cetera and so forth....in all honestly, I've lost count. LOL.
>>The first time I saw it was at the base theatre at Naval air Station keflavik Iceland.<<
Just a little bit of parallel history....
The first time I saw the 1953 version of "Titanic" was when the Seaplane Tender USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14)was based at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego...but I actually saw the movie at a downtown San Diego theater....might have been the Spreckels.
However, the first time I saw "The Caine Mutiny" was when it was shown on the seaplane deck of the Kenneth Whiting.
I know we all tend to pick at Cameron's mega movie with our knives and scalpels but overall I'm for anything which makes the Titanic accessible to everyone. Ok, the story is alot like something out of a romance novel but, the effects were great and the theaters were packed! And it was icing on the cake when Titanic won a boatload of Oscars, especially Best Picture!
In my opinion, the most important thing the flick achieved wasn't winning Oscars, it was just in being the success that it was that it opened the doors of interest...and opened up some purse strings...which made a number of expeditions to the ship possible.
Whatever one thinks of the story, the success of the movie gave James Cameron the juice to carry off two expeditions to the ship which generated more information and forensics data then anyone else ever attempted to before then. Everything that follows will build on what he started.
I, too, couldn't wait for the movie to be released - I saw it at a local theater - I drug my husband to it - I remember just being mesmerized by the movie - all the special effects, the beautiful sets and all that - its didn't seem like a 3 hour movie when I was watching it. About 30 minutes from the end - the movie film itself we were watching - I guess the projector got too hot and it started burning - man talk about a letdown - I had to wait til the next day to see the ending - of course the theater gave us all free tickets. I really didn't mind seeing it again - just to see the ending, neither did my husband. It really piqued his interest in the Titanic (I have been interested in all things Titanic for over 20 years). - Beth
ps. before the movie went out of the theaters I went and saw it 2 additional times!!
I saw the movie early in 1998, just before going off on a single-handed cruise. Nothing like a maritime disaster to inspire good seamanship!
In Australia, we got a long version, with the so-called alternative ending and the Jack v Lovejoy fight. There may have been other brief extras.
At the time, I was struck by the chaotic clearing of the cinema and wondered how the mob would have faired on Titanic.
The best thing about the movie was that it led to much material, such as the inquiry transcripts, being made more readily available. Titanic is now at a higher level than before the movie and new research talent has come to the fore.
I actually waited until the second day of the showing. My Mother could not believe the patience of which I had applied! I will have to agree Titanic is at a (much deserved) higher level. Sept. 1, '85...it all seems like it was yesterday. I recall visiting Antique shops in NV & CA seeking Titanic memorabilia, prior to the Cameron epic. The shop owners replies were always the same..."What's the big deal about the Titanic?". I am sure that they are aware now!
BTW, I did find many a treasure in my unrelented search for Titanic...;-)
I first saw the movie in February 1998, with a friend. We had to sit in the front row as the theatre was packed and I remember being in awe of how the ship was brought to life, and the special effects. I went back to see it one more time, but it wasn't until months later.
Agreed, the best part about the movie was that it led to a lot of great opportunities.
1997 was truly the year that Titanic once again made a big splash (no pun intended) worldwide. Let's not forget that in addition to Cameron's glossy megamovie, Titanic,the Musical was on Broadway where it won 5 Tonys including Best Musical. Why do I bring up the Titanic Musical? My reason is selfish (so what else is new?)--the now late Peter Stone was nice enough to write the forward to the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Titanic for which I was forever grateful.