Caledon "Cal" Hockley is the main antagonist of from the 1997 film Titanic. He is the son of a millionaire steel tycoon who boards the RMS Titanic with his fiancee, Rose DeWitt Bukater, to go toNew York and claim his fortune from his father.
He was portrayed by Billy Zane.
Boarding Titanic[edit | edit source]
The son of Pittsburgh steel tycoon, Nathan Hockley, in 1912, Caledon Hockley is on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic from Southampton to New York City in order to marry his 17-year-old fiancée, Rose DeWitt Bukater. Rose does not want the marriage and despises Hockley, but the man either is oblivious to this or chooses to ignore it. Rose is unable to act because she is trapped between Cal, who wants to marry her so he can claim his fortune and her mother, so that she can pay off the debts left with the family by her late husband. In order to seal his relationship with Rose, he purchases a rare diamond once owned by King Louis XVI called the "Heart of the Ocean" and presents it to her. Caledon is not aware that Rose is driven to consider suicide during the voyage and that she is saved only by the intervention of a young third class passenger, Jack Dawson, with whom she falls in love. Hockley, initially unaware of this, invites Jack to dine with him as thanks for saving Rose's life (as far as he is concerned, she had accidentally fallen off the rail and was rescued by Jack). Hockley's bodyguard, a former Pinkerton's detective named Spicer Lovejoy, is the only one who doubts Rose and Jack's story because of some rudimentary deduction (he questions how Jack was able to remove his shoes so quickly).
Cal begins to reveal his true nature after Rose attends an Irish dance party in third class, violently reminding Rose that she is his fiancee, that she is his wife in practice, and she will honor him. Perhaps he begins to suspect Rose might have feelings towards Jack when he has Lovejoy remind Jack that he holds a third class ticket and has overstayed his welcome in first class.
The sinking[edit | edit source]
Eventually, Caledon begins to suspect that Rose's affections lay with Jack and becomes overprotective of her, even as the Titanic is starting to sink after having struck an iceberg, contrived with Lovejoy to have Jack arrested and locked deep below decks. Jack is left to drown as the ship's bow starts to flood, and is later rescued by Rose.
Throughout the sinking Cal is shown to be determined, almost hell bent, to survive going so far as to bribe second officer Murdoch in hopes of getting a place in collapsible C. However just as he’s about to get in Lovejoy tells him of Rose who is waiting to get into collapsible D. Cal, out of sheer obsession, gives up his place in the boat to go find her.
When he gets there, Caledon and Jack reluctantly join forces in order to get Rose to leave the sinking ship, but she defies both of them and jumps back on board. Cal, rushing to the boat deck foyer of the grand staircase and seeing how much Rose truly cares for jack becomes racked with jealousy, angered, betrayed and shames by Rose going with Jack that he snatches Lovejoy's gun and attempts to kill Rose and Jack, he is so blinded by rage he ignores the peril he is putting himself in, however his ineptitude with a gun leads him into chasing them into the flooded First Class Reception until he runs out of bullets. Knowing he’s lost He sarcastically shouts at them : “I hope you enjoy your time together!" Before scrambling up the grand staircase in hopes of getting onto one of the last 2 boats.
Once he gets to the boat deck he is pushed around by a mass of people heading towards collapsible A. He pushes his way through the crowd to Murdoch who, by this time, has a change of heart and rejects Cals bribe by throwing the money back at him. After murdochs suicide Cal recognises that his money won’t save him. He finds a little girl crying on the ship's deck by the Grand Staircase, and uses her to persuade officer Wilde to let him board the collapsible life boat. By this time the boat deck is starting to flood and the boat is still attached to the falls, when it becomes clear they can’t launch it Some stewards, seamen, and Fabrizio attempt to quickly cut the falls and the boat floats off. Once the falls are cut the boat flips, spilling the occupants over the deck, however cal scrambles onto the side of the boat and clutches a funnel stay. Once the boat rights itself Many people try to crawl on, call pushs them away and he and a few others gradually row away from the ship, all the while pushing people away with oars and hands. Cal is the most brutal shoving anyone even close to the boat away in a desperate bid to survive. When the number 1 funnel collapses killing Fabrizio cals lifeboat is washed clear of the ship. He spends the rest of the night pushing stragglers away from the boat until the people in the water die.
Later life[edit | edit source]
Although Cal tries to find Rose on the Carpathia, he is unsuccessful (although thinks he finds her, but he didn't) and believes that she has died in the sinking, when in reality, Rose gave her name as Rose Dawson when boarding the Carpathia, hiding herself from him. Later, Hockley marries someone else and inherits his family's millions, but he never gets over Rose's supposed death. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 ruins him even more; so he commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, or so Rose hears.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Caledon at first appears to be gentle and sweet around his fiance Rose , but later in the film he gets physically and emotionally abusive with her when he finds out she is in love with Jack. He is also very snobbish, as he views Jack as inferior to him on the sole basis of economic status, but he loses this for a few moments when he invites him to dinner. As the movie takes place in 1912, he also views Rose as his property, and only wants to marry her solely because her mother wants to get out of debt.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
Cal [to Rose]: I had hoped you would come to me last night.
[Cal looks at Rose for a while and slaps her across the face]
Ruth: Rose, come back here.
[Jack and rose have escaped Cal's gunshots and are now running through the dining saloon]