Skipper Cameron's mega-budget three-hour tour had its own brushes with disaster with a mammoth budget and delays. A love story that happens to have the sinking of the historic ship as a backdrop, real and fictional characters are blended for a detailed re-enactment of the luxury liner's only voyage. The two lovebirds, Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and debutante Rose Bukater (Winslet) are from different ends of the economic and social ladder. DiCaprio and Winslet are dynamic and make the running time less of a chore. The special effects are impressive, with a life-size version of the ship built just for this film. Cameron's prowess as a storyteller keeps the outcome of the ship suspenseful and tense even though the ending is no secret.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 197 minutes.
Oscars 1997: Art Dir./Set Dec., Cinematog., Costume Des., Director (Cameron), Film Editing, Picture, Song ("My Heart Will Go On"), Sound, Sound FX Editing, Visual FX, Orig. Score; Directors Guild 1997: Director (Cameron); Golden Globes 1998: Director (Cameron), Film--Drama, Song ("My Heart Will Go On"), Score; MTV Movie Awards 1998: Film, Male Perf. (DiCaprio); Screen Actors Guild 1997: Support. Actress (Stuart); Broadcast Film Critics 1997: Director (Cameron).
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