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The Aviator (2004)

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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Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress Katharine Hepburn. From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. Written by garykmcd

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Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn the star who stole his heart. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence | See all certifications »

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25 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$858,021, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,608,827, 27 May 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,741,459
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Trivia

The film's portrayal of Faith Domergue mixes details of her life with that of Mamie Van Doren, with whom Howard Hughes discovered and had a brief romance. See more »

Goofs

At least two of the Feds who trash Hughes's office are smoking filtered cigarettes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Allene Hughes: Q-u-a-r-a-n-t-i-n-e.
Young Howard Hughes: Quarantine. Q-u-a-r-a-n-t-i-n-e. Quarantine.
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Crazy Credits

Aside from company logos and the film's title, there are no opening credits. See more »

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References Sylvia Scarlett (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Howard Hughes
(1940)
Written by Leadbelly (as Huddie Leadbetter), John A. Lomax, and Alan Lomax
Performed by Leadbelly
Recorded by Alan Lomax, August 23, 1940, Washington DC
Courtesy of Estates of Leadbelly and Alan Lomax
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30 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is important to me. I realize that, as a relatively high budget and heavily marketed film, certain facets of this biopic have been sensationalized. However, the image this movie constructs of the great modern eccentric Howard Hughes is fascinating.

The film is also emotionally powerful. The way the movie depicts Hughes' degenerative mind is haunting. We see the tics evolve, eventually dominating Hughes' personality. It is interesting to indulge in the guided observance of the effects these eccentricities had in Hughes' relationships with other people as both impressive and sad. Gloriously tragic.


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