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Amelia (2009)

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A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.



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Eleanor Roosevelt
Slim Gordon
Leo Bellarts
Scott Yaphe ...
William Dalten
Young Amelia
William Cuddy ...
Frances Putnam


Amelia Earhart, a Kansas girl, discovers the thrill of aviation at age 23, and within 12 years has progressed to winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. At age 39, she sets out on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, an adventure that catapults her into aviation myth. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Амелия  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,904,047 (USA) (25 October 2009)


$14,241,034 (USA) (10 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie shows Amelia Earhart finishing third in the first Santa Monica-to-Cleveland Women's Air Derby in 1929, but does not explain why. At the last stop before the final leg of the race to Cleveland, Amelia Earhart and her friend Ruth Nichols were tied for first. Nichols took off right before Earhart, but her aircraft clipped a tractor on the runway and flipped over. Instead of taking off, Earhart ran to Ruth's plane to drag her to safety. After Earhart was sure that Nichols was not seriously hurt, she took off for Cleveland but finished third largely due to her delayed takeoff. A Warner Bros. movie, Women in the Wind (1939), is also based on this air race and features a plot loosely inspired by this incident. See more »


When Amelia is approaching Karachi, it is 1935 and the caption on the screen states "Karachi, Pakistan". Pakistan wasn't formed until Partition from India in 1947. So in 1935 Karachi was still part of India. See more »


Gore Vidal: Why don't you marry my father? Then I won't be afraid of anything anymore.
Amelia Earhart: I'm already married, to Mr. Putnam.
Gore Vidal: Why can't you be married to Mr. Putnam and my father at the same time?
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beautiful character development
24 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Amelia" is a beautiful film visually, and also, for its wonderful character development of Amelia Earheart's personality. In our general knowledge, we already have a stereotypical image of AE, but in this film, I feel that Amelia's more unique aspects of personality were further developed. We saw her as a woman, as well as, a pioneering aviatrix. When I was watching this film, I could feel myself flying along with the dangers of early aviation flight, as well, as the awesomeness of its beauty. I also found it interesting how in the early days, you really did needed to put a lot of effort into self-promoting. It was important, if you were going to get that funding for future flights. No harm in self-promoting - it was a necessity. Hilary Swank does an excellent performance of Amelia. It's a wonderful biography.

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