Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. Written by
Martin Scorsese and Christopher Lee are very good friends, but up until 2010 had never worked together. Lee's response when he was asked by Scorsese to appear in Hugo was: "It's about time!" See more »
Georges Méliès was a real person, but the credits state that all persons in the film are fictional. However, this is not unusual for fictionalized stories even when there are characters based on real historical figures. The character is "fictional" in the sense that the things that character does and says within the film are not necessarily claimed to be actual actions and words the real person did. See more »
My life has taught me one lesson, Hugo Cabret, and not the one I thought it would. Happy endings only happen in the movies.
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There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »
Without spoiling, consider a motion picture whose last 30 minutes are equal to the last 4 minutes of Cinema Paradiso. To be in a theater with people tearing up over images of vintage and historic cinema, so beautifully integrated into a dazzling and heartfelt story is something special indeed. Absolutely knock-out use of 3D, fantastic performances by everyone involved, glorious set design, music, costumes and state -of-the-art CGI that propel a story rather than being superficial, stand alone tricks makes HUGO a film for moviegoers world wide. Absolutely do not miss this film in a theater. The images are transporting and need to be experienced on the big screen.
Thanks Marty, for bringing to us all such a gift. This is truly one for the ages
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