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The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 25 December 2004 (USA)
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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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Martin Scorsese

Writer:

John Logan
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 130 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Howard Hughes
Cate Blanchett ... Katharine Hepburn
Kate Beckinsale ... Ava Gardner
John C. Reilly ... Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin ... Juan Trippe
Alan Alda ... Senator Ralph Owen Brewster
Ian Holm ... Professor Fitz
Danny Huston ... Jack Frye
Gwen Stefani ... Jean Harlow
Jude Law ... Errol Flynn
Adam Scott ... Johnny Meyer
Matt Ross ... Glenn Odekirk
Kelli Garner ... Faith Domergue
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. Hepburn
Brent Spiner ... Robert Gross
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Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of R.K.O. Pictures, 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 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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Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes the man who became a legend. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Also in preparation for his role as Howard Hughes, Leonardo DiCaprio spent some time with an O.C.D. patient named Edward. He advised him on several different aspects of the condition, in particular, the tendency to repeat sentences over and over, as in the scene where Hughes repeatedly asks to see the blueprints for the Hercules. See more »

Goofs

Odie was not aboard the Hercules on her maiden flight because Hughes wanted there to be no doubt that he was at the controls. Those on board with Howard Hughes were Radio Operator Merle Coffee, Flight Engineer Don Smith, Flight Mechanic John Glen, James McNamara, and various reporters. 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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Aside from company logos and the film's title, there are no opening credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor (Pathétique) Op. 74
(1893)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Tchaikovsky)
Orchestrated and Arranged by Howard Shore
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Seemed like a TV movie re-hash
9 January 2005 | by yessdancSee all my reviews

For all the 'Oscar buzz' one hears about this film, I came away rather disappointed. Why? 1. DiCaprio is a fine actor, granted. He does NOT possess the physical intensity that Hughes had, not to mention almost being the physical opposite. It'd be like Steve Martin playing James Dean. It's just WRONG. 2. For all the accolades Blanchett gets as Hepburn, she's somewhat of a caricature. Her accent was too over the top. What, did Scorcese think we wouldn't know who she was supposed to be? 3.I think an unknown as Hughes would have been a better idea, but then it might not have gotten the big box office receipts we're hearing about. And that's what's really at the bottom of this. I'll take the Tommy Lee Jones TV version any day!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Aviator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$858,021, 19 December 2004

Gross USA:

$102,610,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,719,942
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2.39 : 1
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