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
One of the most legendary directors of our time takes you on an extraordinary adventure.
23 November 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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Opening Weekend: $11,364,505
(18 November 2011)
(6 April 2012)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
There are several references to James Joyce
in the movie. In the beginning he is standing in the café. Also, the frozen people outside of the apartment building are a direct reference to Joyce's short story "The Dead", which has the central character imagining frozen people in the snow all over Ireland. See more
La Tour Eiffel, or The Eiffel Tower in English, was (and still is) the tallest structure in Paris. Yet when Hugo and Isabelle are at the top of the clock tower at the station, the camera clearly looks DOWN at the top of the tower (from 1:20:00 to 1:20:02 and 1:20:47 to 1:20:53). See more
Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do... Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose... it's like you're broken.
There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more
Written and Performed by Kevin MacLeod See more