Titanic script
Titanic (1997)
Synopsis: James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

1 BLACKNESS

Then two faint lights appear, close together... growing brighter. They

resolve into two DEEP SUBMERSIBLES, free-falling toward us like express

elevators.

One is ahead of the other, and passes close enough to FILL FRAME, looking

like a spacecraft blazing with lights, bristling with insectile

manipulators.

TILTING DOWN to follow it as it descends away into the limitless blackness

below. Soon they are fireflies, then stars. Then gone.

CUT TO:

2 EXT./ INT. MIR ONE / NORTH ATLANTIC DEEP

PUSHING IN on one of the falling submersibles, called MIR ONE, right up to

its circular viewport to see the occupants.

INSIDE, it is a cramped seven foot sphere, crammed with equipment. ANATOLY

MIKAILAVICH, the sub's pilot, sits hunched over his controls... singing

softly in Russian.

Next to him on one side is BROCK LOVETT. He's in his late forties, deeply

tanned, and likes to wear his Nomex suit unzipped to show the gold from

famous shipwrecks covering his gray chest hair. He is a wiley, fast-talking

treasure hunter, a salvage superstar who is part historian, part adventurer

and part vacuum cleaner salesman. Right now, he is propped against the CO2

scrubber, fast asleep and snoring.

On the other side, crammed into the remaining space is a bearded wide-body

named LEWIS BODINE, sho is also asleep. Lewis is an R.O.V. (REMOTELY

OPERATED VEHICLE) pilot and is the resident Titanic expert.

Anatoly glances at the bottom sonar and makes a ballast adjustment.

CUT TO:

3 EXT. THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

A pale, dead-flat lunar landscape. It gets brighter, lit from above, as MIR

ONE enters FRAME and drops to the seafloor in a downblast from its

thrusters. It hits bottom after its two hour free-fall with a loud BONK.

CUT TO:

4 INT. MIR ONE

Lovett and Bodine jerk awake at the landing.

ANATOLY:

(heavy Russian accent)

We are here.

EXT. / INT. MIR ONE AND TWO

5 MINUTES LATER:
THE TWO SUBS skim over the seafloor to the sound of

sidescan sonar and the THRUM of big thrusters.

6 The featureless gray clay of the bottom unrols in the lights of the subs.

Bodine is watching the sidescan sonar display, where the outline of a huge

pointed object is visible. Anatoly lies prone, driving the sub, his face

pressed to the center port.

BODINE:

Come left a little. She's right in front of us, eighteen meters. Fifteen.

Thirteen... you should see it.

ANATOLY:

Do you see it? I don't see it... there!

Out of the darkness, like a ghostly apparition, the bow of the ship

appears. Its knife-edge prow is coming straight at us, seeming to plow the

bottom sediment like ocean waves. It towers above the seafloor, standing

just as it landed 84 years ago.

THE TITANIC. Or what is left of her. Mir One goes up and over the bow

railing, intact except for an overgrowth of "rusticles" draping it like

mutated Spanish moss.

TIGHT ON THE EYEPIECE MONITOR of a video camcorder. Brock Lovett's face

fills the BLACK AND WHITE FRAME.

LOVETT:

It still gets me every time.

The image pans to the front viewport, looking over Anatoly's shoulder, to

the bow railing visible in the lights beyond. Anatoly turns.

ANATOLY:

Is just your guilt because of estealing from the dead.

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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