Having had a chance to see 'TITANIC' the movie again after 15 years, and in stunning 3-D, I was happily surprised to recognize so many familiar and talented faces aside from the main cast which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, and Kathy Bates as the indomitable Molly Brown. Some of them I knew the first time around, but the others didn't hit me until this viewing. The 3-D is truly amazing and it brings out all the intricate details of the ship and costumes. It really is a beautifully filmed movie that captures the essence and opulence of what the Titanic once had.
I enjoyed Victor Garber's performance as the sympathetic Chief Engineer Thomas Andrews. In a touching scene he tells Rose and Jack to save themselves while he stays with the ship. Just as it starts to go down he adjusts the mantle clock to the exact time on his pocket watch. It was like a final symbolic disappointment. His grand, 'unsinkable' ship is sinking fast and not even the clocks are timed right. Nothing worked out as planned.
I also recognized handsome Ioan Gruffudd as brave 5th Titanic Officer, Harold Lowe. He compassionately turns his lifeboat around to try and find survivors. (He is the only who does) He makes the grim discovery of frozen bodies and sadly utters, 'We waited too long." But they do save Rose in the process thanks to her determined will to stay alive and blow the whistle. In the real history, only 5 other men were saved from the frigid water.
There was also Frances Fisher as Rose's snobbish mother Ruth, Gloria Stewart as old Rose, Bill Paxton, Suzy Amis, Jonathan Hyde as the infamous Bruce Ismay, David Warner as Hockley's villainous servant, and Mark Lindsay Chapman among many others. The casting was above par in 'TITANIC' and everyone resembled their real-life counterparts.
I have to say Voyagers! Did a great job casting Hugh Riley as Captain Edward Smith, years later when Bernard Hill played the role in the Movie, he resembled and even acted just like Riley.
Bernard Hill from 'TITANIC'
Hugh Riley from 'Voyagers of the Titanic'
And of course the real Captain!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is rightly baffled over all these disappearing and reappearing Voyagers.
For Voyagers! fans it was a big treat to see Michael Ensign aka, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 'Jack's Back'! He had a very brief but pivotal role as Benjamin Guggenheim. I think he had one of the best lines in the movie. He's coming down the grand stairway wondering what all the hullabaloo is about, and the crew is trying to give him a life jacket. He calmly refuses and says,
"No, thank you. We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down as gentlemen. But, we would like a brandy."
According to the true history recorded at Encyclopedia Titanica:
After the collision, Bedroom Steward Henry Samuel Etches helped Mr Guggenheim to fit his lifebelt. Ignoring his protestations; "This will hurt", Etches finally managed to get the mining and smelting tycoon into the lifebelt, he then made him put on a thick sweater and sent him up to the Boat Deck. Despite Etches best efforts Guggenheim soon returned to his room (B-84) and changed into his finest evening wear, his valet, Mr Giglio did likewise. He was later heard to remark 'We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.'
One of his final acts was to write the following message: 'If anything should happen to me, tell my wife I've done my best in doing my duty.'
Mr Guggenheim, Mr Giglio and Mr Pernot were all lost in the sinking.
Mr. Guggenheim's final terrified moments watching the water stream through the dining hall.
I considered yet another similarity between 'TITANIC' and 'Voyagers of the Titanic.' When Rose is going down in a lifeboat, she jumps off and makes the sacrifice to be with Jack and she bravely rushes to his rescue in the hull when he is handcuffed to the pipes. In similar fashion, Voyager Olivia Dunn makes a sacrifice of giving Jeffrey Bogg's omni and putting him in a lifeboat, and she runs back down to the steam room area to help Bogg retrieve the Mona Lisa and her stolen omni from Haggerty.