|Not much more can be said, or written about this movie. The seeds were planted in Director James Camerons head that September day in 1985 when Dr. Robert Ballard discovered the wreck over 2 miles down. 1987. Cameron starts putting his thoughts on paper. After the success of his movies like T2, True Lies and Aliens, Cameron gets the backing from 20th Century Fox to start on his "dream project" In 1995, he first visited, and photographed the wreck. May 28th 1996, the movie started official production, with a budget of $110 million. Heading up the cast were Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater. Before the production wrapped, the budget soared to $200 million dollars. The press reported almost daily on "Camerons Folly" and prepared for a financial and critical dud. The movie opened December 19th, 1997 and was an instant hit. In the end, it took in over a billion dollars and was nominated for a record 14 Oscars, winning 11, including Best Picture, Director, Song, and Effects. Some people didnt like the "Romeo and Juliet on a ship" story, using made up characters, with all the interesting real people that actually were on the ship. Numerous filmed scenes depicting real events were lost to make room for the romance-another bone of contention. Hopefully, someday the lost scenes will be re-instated, but James Cameron has gone on record saying that what was on screen was the "Directors Cut", but 45 minutes of deleted scenes can be seen-apart from the film- on the 3-disc DVD set that was released October 25th, 2005.