Why part {of the movie} would you like to have been left in?

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Okay, we all know that Cameron cut out numerous scenes so that the movie didn't go TOO long. My question is, if you could pick any of the scenes below to be in the Director's Edition, which would you pick and why?

1. The Californian Wireless Room
2. Captain E.J. Smith calling the lifeboats back
3. Rose smashing her mirror just before her suicide attempt
4. Rose going down into third class to look for Jack
5. Jack and Rose walking the deck after the third class party and looking at the falling stars
6. Molly taking control of the lifeboat and making the women row to keep warm
7. The Strausses

And lastly, are there any scenes from other movies that you haven't seen in the original script that you would have liked James Cameron to add in?

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-- Emma (dilemma76@hotmail.com), November 12, 1998


Response to Why part would you like to have been left in?

It's about time somebaody asked that question! Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner....

Titanic would have been a MUCH BETTER movie if it had the Californian wireless scene in there SOMEWHERE. Titanic was already a great movie, don't get me wrong here, but imagine the suspense: At least half of the 3rd class immigrants are already dead within the first 45 minutes after the iceberg had hit. 1st class people are sipping brandy and laughing, saying "I don't want to get in that tiny boat. It's too cold! I'd rather sit in my room by a warm fire. This is ridiculous," while people are already drowning. Right before the ice berg hits, one of the idiotic wireless men tells the Californain to "shut up" after repeated ice berg warnings. After this, the Californian gives up. Then Titanic hits. And the same man who told the Californain to shut up is frantically trying to get someone's attention, before it's too late. Cameron could have cut to a scene where the Californian is sitting there, merely 10 miles away, looking at the doomed ship. One of the crewmwn says "Captian, the Titanic seems to be listing a bit. It's firing white flares, not red. What do you propose we do?" Then the Captian shrugs, and GOES TO BED. Imagine the suspense there! The lives of 1500 could be saved, but the man able to do this shrugs and goes to bed. While this is happening, Jack is handcuffed below decks while the water rushes at his feet, and Rose desperatly tries to save him. 3rd class people are dead, 1st class people refusing to take one step in the lifeboats, oblivious to the fact that they will soon be fighting to get into the life boats. Then Cameron could have cut to the life boat loading scene, where Harold Bride comes in to tell Captian Smith that the Titanic is doomed. The Carpathia can be there in 4 hours. Now everyone will suffer the same fate of the 3rd class people, but little know it. And when they do realize this, their hope fades as they watch the Californian drift away, the only light they see as their only way out steams away.

Can't you just imagine watching this on film? Your heart pounding the whole time, as you watch helplessly as Rose and Jack fight for their lives? It would have been so suspensful. Who agrees? I also think that they should have had the scene where Rose and Jack are on deck, Jack sees a shooting star and says it's a sould going up to heaven. That way, when Jack dies, Rose see's a shooting star when she turns over on the wood, realizing that Jack is dead. Who here agrees with me? I do think Cameron did such a great job that he could have made these scens stand out. Thought I'd share my thoughts with you! Kelly :-)

-- Kelly (foo@bar.com), November 12, 1998.

Response to Why part would you like to have been left in?

It's hard to pick but one scene. All those listed here by Emma would have been essential for the movie. However, given the lenght of the movie and Cameron's intention to make a movie about Jack and Rose and not about Titanic, for the purpose of symmetry, the scene with the two heroes gazing to the stars would have been SO necessary. We see the stars in the beginning (Jack laid down on the bench, smoking), then during the sinking and when Rose sings "Come Josephine." So imagine the symmetry with that left out scene in: first Jack looks up to the stars, pondering about the meaning of his life; second, they do it together; third, the fulfillment of [take me] "to the stars", when the stern raises the two heroes almost to the stars; fourth, destiny transferred to Rose as she is the one contmplating about life, while being on the floating board. Full circle, full meaning. Of course, the smashing of the mirror scene would help us understand why she doesn't wear any necklace in the suicide attempt scene. We could pretend the mirror was broken due to the sinking of the ship, but the missing necklace is not explained but assumed. The other scenes are not so essential for the movie itself, though it might have helped. As I said, I'd love to see the movie uncut, even if it would be 5 hours long. Wasn't "Dr. Zhivago" a long movie? Still, nobody was complaining...

-- Dan Draghici (ddraghic@sprint.ca), November 12, 1998.

Response to Why part would you like to have been left in?

1,3,4,5,6,7. I too would love to see this movie in an uncut version. I can do without seeing Captain smith trying to call the boat back because it didn't do any good anyway. i would hawever LOVE to see the scene with the Strausses. I love that story and I would have like for Cameron to show that scene since he showed the Benjamin Gugenhiem one. I would also like to see Molly portrayed a little more to haw she really was. From what I understand she certainly did not just sit back and do as she was told when the crewman yelled at her. As a matter of fact I thought she yelled back and made HIM shut up.

-- Miranda Swearingen (Kylen1@hotmail.com), November 14, 1998.

Response to Why part would you like to have been left in?

I definately think the shooting stars. In the script it has Jack recalling that his fater told him, "Every time you see a shooting star, it is a soul going to Heaven". Then in the end, when Rose is on the wood, she sees a shooting star and discoveres Jack has died. In other words, she saw Jacks star going to Heaven. Which further proves the theroy that THEY WERE IN HEAVEN IN THE END. IT WAS NOT A DREAM. Anyways, tell me what you think.


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-- Laura (Roxygirli@alloymail.com), November 16, 1998.

Kelly have you seen the site on the net made by the guy who played the officer in the California wireless scene? He spent all that time waiting to film those scenes and then they were cut but he still seems very proud of his acting role. Personally I would have liked to know why Rose comes running out with her clothes all disheveled b4 the suicide attempt. The conclusionn I drew was that Cal had tried to rape her cause that was what it looked like but who knows. What happened in this smashing mirror scene? I am from New Zealand where its harder to find out about these things. How did you guys find out about all these cut scenes? Is there a full script out somewhere or something? Is the Directors cut going to be released?

-- Lisa Gardiner (ariel@hotmail.com), December 04, 1998.

I had to watch the video over and over to find out what happened to Cal's nasty servant. The one who gave Jack such a hard time on Cal's behalf. I "think" I found the scene where he dies. He is hanging on where the boat splits in two and falls through into electrical wiring or something. I didn't realise it was him the first several times I saw that scene because he has blood all down one side of his face which is unexplained. This must come from a cut scene. Does anyone know about this? Who are the Strauses? Kathy Bates talent was underutilesd in the film so I would have liked to see her scene too. If I had to choose one... hmmm maybe Rose smashing the mirror if there was more stuff about why b4 hand otherwise I guess the California is most important. If they sing "Come Josephine in my Flying Machine" in the stars scene though then I'd choose that scene as it would tie in so beautifully with the end.

-- Lisa Gardiner (ariel@hotmail.com), December 04, 1998.

Here's a new and harder question - what scene would you cut out and replace with one of the other scenes mentioned?

-- Lisa Gardiner (ariel@hotmail.com), December 04, 1998.

Please someone who knows Camerons address....I am sure he'll release the directors cut version but first he needs hasseling.I love the idea of the shooting stars...it now all fits together as I've seen Titanic 23 times and I always loved the bit when the star scenes come up.The end is very good aswell when they go up to heaven(or down)....‰

-- Jo Duggan (JoWDuggan@aol.com), December 06, 1998.

Lisa, I'm sending you right now the original movie script for "Titanic." It's a Word 7.0 document attachment (about 1350K). I hope your e-mail account can manage it. If not, let me know and I'll look for the web address. You might try the www.mrshowbiz.com site and from there "movie scripts" or something like that.

-- Dan Draghici (ddraghic@sprint.ca), December 06, 1998.

Lisa, check this site for the script if you have problems with my e-mail:


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-- Dan Draghici (ddraghic@sprint.ca), December 06, 1998.

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-- Dan Draghici (ddraghic@sprint.ca), December 06, 1998.

I totally agree with Emma. I would want all of those in the movie as well as (not to sound morbid) the scene where Cora and her father die just to make it even more heart-wrenching and to let us know instead of keeping the audience wondering how it happened. I didn't read the script until long after I saw the movie and it brought some closure for me because I had wondered how they died sinse they were in the last scene with the others that died with the Titanic.

-- Bethany (beth174@hotmail.com), February 09, 2002.

I personally cant wait for the UNCUT version and i think the clever hollywood dogs will release it in 2012 (100 years on) and probably give it a full cinema release too.

Heck Star Wars made loads on re-release in the 90's its a proven formula that works.

-- Adrian Forrest (adrianforrest69@hotmail.com), August 18, 2003.

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