2:20. A single moment in time. A rather significant and, it turns out, coincidental one.

It was at that time, in the wee hours of the morning of April 15, 1912 that the ship deemed unsinkable, the RMS Titanic, sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic, 2 and a half hours after hitting an iceberg. Over 1500 of the 2,224 people on board perished in the tragedy, leaving 705 survivors.

The tragic event has been immortalized in numerous films over the years, with the most well-known one being the Academy Award-winning 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as the star-crossed lovers Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater. And it was the ending of that particular movie that has some rather significant, hidden details…

In the above video showing the closing scene of the movie, after dropping the Heart of the Ocean necklace into the water at the Titanic site, at the 2:20 point in the closing scene, the elderly Rose dies in her sleep on board the research vessel. Later in the video clip, it shows a young Rose being reunited with Jack on the Titanic in all its glory. But take a look at the time that the clock at the grand staircase says…. What time does it say? Yup, you guessed it! 2:20. And that, as we know, is the time that the Titanic sank. Coincidence? I think not..

But I must admit, that bit is definitely a rather clever (and quite well-hidden) detail that James Cameron had tucked into the movie’s ending.

2 replies on “2:20”

    1. I know right? I never noticed this till recently. I had been watching a video on Facebook of the alternative ending for the movie, and someone had commented the link for the YouTube video of the original theatrical ending (the version included in this blog post). So I checked it out to compare the two versions. And it was only when I was reading comments on the YouTube video that someone pointed out the details which I mention in my blog post. I would never have noticed those details before had I not watched those Facebook and YouTube videos of the movie’s 2 different endings!


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