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The Aviator

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Aviator
Howard Hughes was a rich young man from Texas, heir to his father's fortune, when he decided he wanted to make movies. Age 21, he made the most expensive Hollywood film ever (at the time); and went on to break air-speed records, make another fortune in aircraft design, smash Charles Lindbergh's round-the-world flight record, and be romantically linked with almost all of Hollywood's famous beauties. Nevertheless, he died alone, sealed into a room he never left, the victim of compulsions that drove him to greatness, while containing the seeds of his undoing.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: 2-disc widescreen ed
ISBN: 079079523X
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (330 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


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2004. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett.

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Aug 30, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Like any biography, it is hard to make it fit a theme. The different sections of his life make the story disjointed, despite attempts to connect things (and some great acting jobs). The lack of backstory (aside from the odd repeated scene with his mother) didn't help get a feeling for the character. (*I* thought it was worth it just to see the Spruce Goose fly, but I'm prejudiced.)

The first 45 minutes were indescribably boring. I continued watching it only because Leonardo DiCaprio was, as always, great. I did not like the story, there was no plot, no explanation who the main character was, and why he acted so strangely every now and than. After watching this movie I have definitely understood that I do not enjoy Martin Scorsese's movies at all. Making a long movie does not necessarily mean making an epic movie. There might be a bit of lack of self reflection. Movie is a product like any other and this director has a niche clientele. I do not understand the nominations except for DiCaprio and great Alan Alda.

Mar 08, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Original title that was rejected: "I'm Howard Hughes. Now get these goddamn bugs off of me!"

Dec 28, 2013
  • elsiecat rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Hollywood drivel. Hammy overacting. I shut it off after 15 minutes.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Long...long...long film. Hughes was a brilliant, eccentric visionary. I learned a lot about the man. Cate Blanchett was fantastic as Katharine Hepburn, and deserved her Oscar.

Sep 20, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Fairly entertaining. Ending was sad.

Sep 09, 2011
  • DerekBauer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Portrays Hughes sympathetically and highlights his contributions to aviation and Hollywood. An interesting, well-made film.

Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not the worst movie it just ran a little long for my taste. Worth checking out.

Aug 30, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a good movie; however, I found it quite slow at times, very detailed and a tad long.

I would have liked more attention paid to Hughes' descent into his obsessive compulsive behaviours and how he worked to control the compulsions in order to function in public when required.

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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.


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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Jul 30, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ava Gardner: You listened to my phone calls?
Howard Hughes: No! No! No! Honey I would never do that! I'd never do that! I... I just read the transcripts, that's all.

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