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The Aviator (2004)

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A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

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Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress Katharine Hepburn. From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. Written by garykmcd

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Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn the star who stole his heart. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence | See all certifications »

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25 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$858,021, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,608,827, 27 May 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,741,459
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Trivia

Michael Mann was originally going to direct the film, but having directed back-to-back biopics The Insider (1999) and Ali (2001), he decided to produce instead, and offered the script to Martin Scorsese. See more »

Goofs

How did Faith Domergue know exactly where Hughes and Ava Gardner were going, and when they would arrive? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Allene Hughes: Q-u-a-r-a-n-t-i-n-e.
Young Howard Hughes: Quarantine. Q-u-a-r-a-n-t-i-n-e. Quarantine.
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Crazy Credits

The Miramax Films logo is also shown in 2-color Technicolor at the beginning of the movie, but before the Warner Bros. Pictures logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Milenberg Joys
(1925)
Music by Paul Mares, Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (as Ferdinand Morton), and Leon Rappolo
Lyrics by Walter Melrose
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra
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Leo's best
26 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Leonardo D. was absolutely amazing. He was so accurate in the actions of someone with OCD. I have that disorder and he is so relatable. I know that the movie is about Howard Hughes (who was an absolute genius, even though he was a mad man), but Leo's performance was amazing. This is the movie that made people forget his role in Titanic and respect him as the amazing actor he is. I also really liked the costumes and music. The lipstick, the hair... again, they were right on for the period. Cate Blanchett made a perfect Katherine Hepburn. She was able to become the loud, powerful, intelligent woman that was Katherine Hepburn.

If you haven't seen the movie yet you are truly missing out.


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