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Is Unsinkable True to the Titanic Story and Senate Hearings?

While Unsinkable: Titanic Untold does a great job of telling the story of the Titanic's aftermath, is it true to the history of the infamous ship?


  • Unsinkable: Titanic Untold shifts focus from impact to aftermath & holds accountable those involved in the Titanic disaster.

  • The film brings history to life with real-life coverage, truth in investigative proceedings & dramatic retellings of harsh realities.

  • Detailed depictions of the U.S. Senate inquiry, the portrayal of iconic figures, and the stories of courage contribute to the richness of the narrative.

Director Cody Hartman’s latest film, Unsinkable: Titanic Untold, puts a rather unique spin on one of the most notable maritime disasters in history. While other movies that take a look at this deadly event revolve around the moment of impact and spotlight fictional characters that are immediately affected by the iceberg crash (such as James Cameron’s Titanic from 1997 and Roy Ward Baker’s A Night to Remember from 1958), the April 2024 release majorly shifts the attention to the aftermath of the Titanic and who should ultimately be held accountable for its unfortunate demise.

Going one step deeper into history, Unsinkable then spotlights real-life senator William Alden Smith (played by The Americans’ Cotter Smith), his assistant Maggie Malloy (brought to life by actress Jayne Wisener), and journalist Alaine Ricard as they do their best to not only solve this riveting question but also navigate the many complexities of the situation at hand. This includes why the investigation was so questionably handled and the reasoning behind so many different political systems being connected to this ocean liner.


One question that comes to mind when watching these historical depictions is how accurate they are to the original event. Given that Unsinkable takes a unique view and tells the untold story, it’s only natural that viewers would want to pinpoint the details from the movie that relate to the real story. This includes settings, character traits, and situations.

Is Mr. Smith just as trivial with his interrogative questions in Unsinkable as he was in real life? Did the hearings actually take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel? And most peculiarly, did the band play the entire time the Titanic was sinking? Let’s answer these questions and more as we compare what was shown in Unsinkable: Titanic Untold to actual history (as much as we can gather, that is).



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