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

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret  »

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$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

This film was one of a group of films that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that referenced film history. This film and The Artist (2011), which both won five Academy Awards, examined silent cinema; The Help (2011) referenced Gone with the Wind (1939), its Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer evoking Hattie McDaniel from that classic; whilst My Week with Marilyn (2011) with two nominations was about the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). See more »

Goofs

When Hugo follows Georges Méliès to his apartment, he appears to be walking close behind Georges, but in the cemetery (0:14:47 to 0:15:01 between tall statues) Hugo is shown by himself and there are no footprints ahead or around him either. Neither are there footprints when Hugo returns through the cemetery (0:17:15 to 0:17:20, a longer shot in dim light). See more »

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Isabelle: I think we should be very... clandestine!
Hugo Cabret: [not knowing what "clandestine" means] Um, okay...
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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 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) See more »

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Ça Gaze
Composed by V. Marceau
Produced by Jean-Michel Bernard
Performed by Les Primitifs du Futur: Dominique Cravic, Hervé Legeay, Romane, Jean-Philippe Viret, Mathilde Febrer and Daniel Colin
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Beautiful film for cinema fans
25 November 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Someone compared this movie to a Hans Christian Andersen tale and I think this is about as good a comparison as it gets. Some people find it boring and painful, others are mesmerized and inspired by the story it tells and the way it does so. In short, if you prefer Disney's version of the little mermaid story, you will likely be disappointed by Hugo.

On the other hand, if you like the attention to detail and the not entirely happy endings of Andersen's classic short stories, you will probably find that Hugo is a captivating film that is hard to describe in a few words. It really lives in a lot more than three dimensions.

If you also happen to be a cinema fan, you will love it even more. What is a cinema fan? It's person that appreciates films for more than just their entertainment value. The way movies are made, the different layers of audio, visuals, emotions, symbols, the photography, the standout supporting casts, the way you can predict the cliché moves sometimes, but love it anyway. We love the good movies, like the bad ones, and films like Hugo make our hearts sing.

One last note on the use of 3D. I usually avoid 3D versions of movies because that feature has not yet proved itself to be more than just a gimmick. In Hugo's case, it is still partially true. I watched it in 3D and the opening sequence in the train station as well as a couple other select shots were exceptionally staged for 3D. Aside from that though, you get used to the effect and thankfully, it's the story that stays in the center of attention, followed by beautiful cinematography, characters, and 3D is trailing humbly behind. If you have the opportunity, watch the 3D version, but you will not really love it in 2D any less.


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