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The Aviator

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Aviator
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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.
Statement of Responsibility: Miramax Films ; Warner Bros. Pictures ; directed by Martin Scorsese ; written by John Logan ; a Forward Pass/Appian Way/IMF production ; produced by Michael Mann ... [et al.] ; a Martin Scorsese picture ; in association with Initial Entertainment Group ; a Warner Bros. Pictures and Miramax Films presentation
Title: The aviator
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: 2-disc widescreen ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (330 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as an American motion picture in 2004
Contents: Disc 1 Young Howard
"Welcome to Hollywood," 'Hell's Angels' Year one
'Hell's Angels' Year two
'Hell's Angels' Year three
"Howard Hughes' $4 million epic"
"Follow-through is everything in golf, just like life"
TWA "Tiger by the tail"
"I'm sure you know Errol"
Teaching Kate to fly
H-1 racer, breaking the world speed record
Letting Kate in
Around the world in four days
"Don't worry about it Howard, she's just working the room"
Visiting the Hepburn estate
MPAA outlaws mammaries
Selling the Hercules
"There's too much Howard Hughes in Howard Hughes"
Constellation
"We're too alike, you and I"
Faith Domergue
"Kill the story," burying the Hepburn-Tracy scandal
Ava Gardner
"Show me all the blueprints, show me all the blueprints"
XF-11, inaugural flight and crash
Flowers from Juan Trippe
Government investigation
Q-U-A-R-A-N-T-I-N-E
Germ-free zone
Brewster Senate hearings
Flying boat
"The way of the future, the way of the future"
End credits (170 min.)
Feature commentary by director Martin Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and producer Michael Mann [optional audio feature]
Disc 2 Special Features
Deleted scene: Howard tells Ava about his car accident (2 min.)
Featurettes: A life without limits : The making of 'The Aviator'; The role of Howard Hughes in aviation history; Modern marvels: Howard Hughes tech, a History Channel documentary; The affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; OCD Panel discussion with Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and Howard Hughes' widow Terry Moore; An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda; The visual effects of 'The Aviator'; Constructing 'The Aviator': The work of Dante Ferretti; Costuming 'The Aviator': The work of Sandy Powell; The age of glamour: The hair and make-up of 'The Aviator'; Scoring 'The Aviator': The work of Howard Shore; The Wainwright family: Loudon, Rufus and Martha (158 min.)
'The Aviator' soundtrack spot (17 sec.)
Still gallery [slide show] (10 min.)
Credits: Director of photography, Robert Richardson ; edited by Thelma Schoonmaker ; music by Howard Shore ; production designed by Dante Ferretti.
Performers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Kelli Garner, Frances Conroy, Brent Spiner, Stanley DeSantis, Edward Herrmann.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence Canadian rating PG
System Details: DVD; Region 1; 5.1 Dolby digital surround, Dolby surround stereo; widescreen format preserving the aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, 2.35:1; enhanced for widescreen televisions
Other Language: In English or dubbed French; with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish ; closed-captioned in English
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, 2005 Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Cate Blanchett); Best Achievement in Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker); Best Achievement in Cinematography (Robert Richardson); Best Achievement in Art Direction (Dante Ferretti (art director), Francesca Lo Schiavo (set decorator)); Best Achievement in Costume Design (Sandy Powell)
Subject Headings: Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976 Drama Celebrities United States Drama Businesspeople United States Drama Billionaires United States Drama Airplanes Design and construction Drama Aeronautics Research Drama Air pilots Drama Test pilots Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Historical films
Biographical films
Films for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Celebrities
Businesspeople
Billionaires
Airplanes
Aeronautics
Air pilots
Test pilots
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 38939
ISBN: 079079523X
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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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.

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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  • 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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