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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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Storyline

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

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23 November 2011 (USA)  »

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret  »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$73,820,094 (USA) (6 April 2012)
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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 »

Goofs

A few pen strokes after the automaton begins to write, it stops and brings its elbow back to its side. In the next shot, however, the pen is still out in the middle of the paper, as if the arm were still extended. In the same scene, the automaton finishes its larger drawing, pulls its elbow back to its side, and raises its head upright to signal it is finished (at around 54 mins). In a subsequent shot, the head is still angled downward to the paper (at around 55 mins). See more »

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Mama Jeanne: Georges, you've tried to forget the past for so long, but it has caused you nothing but unhappiness. Maybe it's time you tried to remember.
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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 »

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Features Whirlpool of Fate (1925) See more »

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Marche de Radetzky
Composed by Johann Strauss Sr.
Produced by Doug Adams
Courtesy of Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo and the Sanfilippo Foundation
Recorded from a 1908 Limonaire Orchestrophone - Style 250, built in Paris, France
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A Cinematic Wonder
29 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Martin Scorcese's new film, Hugo is one of the best cinematic experience, I've had in years. The 3D is just simply astounding and the best I have ever seen in a movie. The visual effects, cinematography, art direction, just technically superb. Finally a smart, awe-aspiring family film, which are really rare nowadays. A definite surprise coming from legendary director, Martin Scorcese, who's known for movies with a lot of swears, violence, drugs and other adult-themed subjects.

The acting was really good and completely convincing. Asa Butterfield delivers a very committed performance as Hugo Cabret, and he shows a lot of promise in his future career. Chloë Grace Moretz, also gives a fine and respectable performance. Sacha Baron Cohen is surprisingly very effective as Station Inspector. Ben Kingsley gives the best performance in the whole movie, he is just superb and deserves some recognition. Overall, the whole cast was top notch.

Eyes may be the window to the soul, but movies are the projection of our dreams, according to "Hugo" that is. Martin Scorsese's first attempt at a children's film might be over most of their adolescent heads, but this founding member of the "Movie Brats" might've just concocted a delectable cinematic treat that speaks to most film lovers' surrealist commitment to the big screen. In retrospect, it works, and this enchanting flick is one of the best of the year.


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