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The Aviator
- Leonardo Dicaprio

Overview - Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harks back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harks back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries. At only 25 years of age, Hughes directed the most expensive film ever made up to that point, HELL'S ANGELS (1930), which Scorsese gleefully recreates here in all its sprawling, audacious glory. At the same time, he became known as an unabashed playboy, bedding the likes of Jean Harlow (singer Gwen Stefani), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and Katherine Hepburn (a brilliant Cate Blanchett). In the mid-'30s, he turned his attention to the aviation industry, where he quickly became world-renowned for shattering speed and distance records. He also continued to test the limits of flight technology, building bigger, faster, and stronger aircrafts. All the while, he struggled with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sent him into a full-fledged tailspin after a near-fatal plane crash. The film concludes with Hughes being called before the Senate in 1947 to defend himself against the nefarious Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), who accused Hughes of taking money from the United States government during wartime. Stunningly photographed by Robert Richardson, Scorsese's nearly three-hour drama features an impassioned performance by DiCaprio, who is also credited as an executive producer. Although she appears in less than a third of the film, Blanchett delivers a performance that cements her status as one of the finest actresses ever to appear on the big screen.

Awards:
2004 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
2004 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Graham King - Executive Producer/ TRAFFIC (2000)
Rufus Wainwright - Singer-Songwriter
Gwen Stefani - Singer/No Doubt, MAYOR OF SUNSET STRIP (2003)
Martha Wainwright - Musician, featured in THE AVIATOR (2004)
Danny Huston - American actor and director
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Alan Alda - American Actor/Director
Alphonso D'Abruzzo - American Actor/Director
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
Kate Beckinsale - British Actress
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Charles Evans - Producer/Executive
Adam Scott - Actor; TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
Alec Baldwin - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Alexander Rae Baldwin III - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Loudon Wainwright III - Musician
John Logan - Screenwriter
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Howard Shore
Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Willem Dafoe - American Actor
William Dafoe - American Actor
John C. Reilly - American Supporting Actor
Cate Blanchett - Australian Actress

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 170
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085393893927
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language, and a crash sequence)
  • Release Date: September 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Historical
Theatrical Release
Airplanes
Film About Film
Hollywood
Historic Figures
Flying
Film Directors
Biographical

 
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Reviews:
"DiCaprio convincingly conveys the hard shrewdness and the petulance of the man. It's a make-or-break performance for the film, and it pays off." - 12/17/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E1


"A magnificent DiCaprio fully captures Hughes' drive and intensity..." - 12/17/2004 USA Today, p.1E


"[T]here's a sleek, almost tactile pleasure to be had in getting swept up in the gale force of a man who smashed through limits because he didn't see them." - 12/24/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.48-9


"DiCaprio gives a turbocharged, ready-to-rock performance....Stunningly shot..." - 12/30/2004 Rolling Stone, p.170


"[C]ome fly with Scorsese for a fine, forceful film that's always arresting..." - 02/01/2005 Uncut, p.98


"THE AVIATOR celebrates Scorsese's zest for finding excitement in a period settingÂ….Scorsese has emerged into the full flower of his gifts." - 12/24/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.27


"[E]ngrossing, witty, elegant and inventive..." - 03/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.43-4


Ranked #29 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] lavish, glamorous biopic of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes that doubles as a feverish tribute to the golden age of Hollywood movie-making." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.82-83

 
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