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Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.



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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 napierslogs

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,364,505 (USA) (18 November 2011)


$73,820,094 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Scorsese: The photographer, is taking a picture of young Georges Méliès outside his new studio and a minute later his voice can be heard in Melies' studio saying "good, that's good, yes". See more »


After Tabard finishes showing A Trip to the Moon, the reel is still full. When Georges Méliès enters the room the reel is empty. See more »


Isabelle: This might be an adventure, and I've never had one before - outside of books, at least.
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Crazy Credits

There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »


References The Gaucho (1927) See more »


Frou Frou
Words by Marie Blondeau, Henri Custillon and Hector Monréal (as Hector Monreal)
Music by Henri Chateau and Lucien Dormel
Performed by Lucille Panis
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The D in 3D stands for dimensions
22 November 2011 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

What Martin Scorcese has managed to do is add story dimensionality to a family film that has 3D technology. Some of the dimensions he's included which don't always make into Hollywood blockbusters are an imaginative and original concept, thematic unity and resonance and deft homage to film itself, in the story of Georges Méliès, French film pioneer.

Saw the film in an advance screening and we were among the many there who were obviously not standard family film consumers. This being a Scorcese film is likely to bring lots of adults to Hugo and I would think many of them, like me, will feel the film stands up as entertainment for all age groups.

I especially enjoyed the resonance and intricacy of the theme of clocks, clockworks, animatronics and "the ghost in the machine"--our fear, in the post industrial age that perhaps we are just a rather complex machine, rather than a divine creation. This is all beautifully rendered cinematically. I doubt the little ones will be bewildered while older viewers can pick out levels and layers in the film.

Good fun and visually interesting throughout. The 3D is used in service of the story. I hope Hollywood is watching and notices that special effects are only special when they get the heart of the machine working, like Hugo's little man.

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