The alternative ending to Titanic is going viral for all the wrong reasons

A potential Titanic ending has resurfaced and fans hate it

Rose and Jack in Titanic
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An alternative ending to the James Cameron's 1997 film, Titanic, has resurfaced, and fans are extremely happy that the producers decided to leave this 'awful' ending on the cutting room floor.

Titanic (1997) was the perfect 90’s movie. A hot young Leonardo DiCaprio boards the boat as a poor artist and manages to sweep the rich and beautiful Kate Winslet off her feet. The film has danger, desire, amazing costumes, and a perfect bittersweet ending. However, fans were shocked to find that the final scenes that we all know and love were not the only way this Oscar-winning film could have ended.

Twitter user, Pat Brennan, posted the alternative ending on his page. He wrote, “The alternate ending to Titanic is hilarious. This would have absolutely ruined the film for me.” The tweet quickly went viral, and people felt very strongly about the alternative ending.

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In the deleted scene, instead of quietly throwing the necklace - the heart of the sea - back into the ocean to Jack, an elderly Rose is interrupted by the boat's crew, who try to stop her. Rose still manages to throw the necklace back into the ocean despite the crew’s protests and one man shouting, “That really sucks, lady!” at the elderly woman. But fans argue that the scene's message is different, and the ending comes across as preachy and comical instead of understated and romantic. 

The reactions to this video were very negative, and many viewers expressed their relief that the producers decided to stick to the original ending.


(Image credit: CBS Photo Archive / Contributor / Getty Images)

One commenter wrote, “I'm absolutely losing it at ‘The real treasure is life itself.’ Such a rich white lady thing to fucking say haha.” Another said, “The only way this could’ve been worse is if there was a shot of the jewelry reaching the bottom of the ocean and landing in the hand of a skeleton wearing Jack’s clothes lmao.”

Fortunately, this scene was just included on the DVD extras to the film and did not make it to the movie's final cut. The film won 11 Oscars, including the award for Best Picture in 1998, and many fans are claiming that if this scene had been kept in the final edit, it would have flopped at the academy awards. One commenter argued, “That ending prob would've stripped noms for picture, director, editing, maybe score, and most tragically Gloria Stuart's supporting nom. Hell, omitting the scene is worthy of the editing Oscar!”

Laura Harman

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