The year was 1997, when platform sneakers, Bill Clinton, The Spice Girls, Seinfeld, and James Cameron’s Titanic ruled over the pop culture landscape.
Winner of the Best Picture Academy Award in 1997, Titanic was one of the largest undertakings in cinematic history. Although Titanic wasn’t a make or break film for 20th Century Fox like Cleopatra was in 1963, the production budget surpassed $200 million, an astronomical amount only 15 years ago. However, Titanic proved its worth at the box office after earning over $1.84 Billion worldwide to become the highest grossing film of all time. It’s a record that stood for over a decade until James Cameron did it again with Avatar in 2009.
Aside from the gargantuan box office haul, Titanic was much more than a cash cow for Fox and James Cameron. It was THE epic love story that defined the 1990s. It made household names of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and gave movie fans one of the most quoted lines ever with, “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go,” not to mention James Cameron’s Oscar speech in which he dubbed himself “king of the world.” And with one of the most memorable theme songs of all time in Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Titanic has never been far away from our ears or hearts.
Tapping into the real story behind the sunken ocean liner, Titanic captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere through a tale of heartbreak, tragedy and love through its characters Jack and Rose. With its 11 Oscar wins, including Best Picture and Best Director, few films have left an impact on the world in the same way Titanic did in 1997.
Finally, after multiple reschedules, Titanic 3D embarks upon a new voyage on Wednesday, April 4. Interestingly, the release of Titanic 3D is only a few days shy of the centennial celebration of when the original Titanic crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
Thanks to technology and the advances in 3D, moviegoers can revisit the magic of Titanic for a brand new experience.
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