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Hugo (2011)

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In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

John Logan (screenplay by), Brian Selznick (based on the book entitled "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by)
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 186 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Station Inspector
Asa Butterfield ... Hugo Cabret
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Isabelle
Ray Winstone ... Uncle Claude
Emily Mortimer ... Lisette
Christopher Lee ... Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory ... Mama Jeanne
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Rene Tabard
Frances de la Tour ... Madame Emilie
Richard Griffiths ... Monsieur Frick
Jude Law ... Hugo's Father
Kevin Eldon ... Policeman
Gulliver McGrath ... Young Tabard
Shaun Aylward Shaun Aylward ... Street Kid
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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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An Extraordinary Adventure! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,364,505, 18 November 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,864,507, 12 April 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,770,160, 12 April 2012
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese sent screenwriter John Logan the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. When John Logan began reading the book he completely understood why Martin Scorsese was interested in adapting it. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence in the station, couples are dancing in front of a restaurant slate board advertising "Plats du jour" (suggestions of the day). Among these is "Boeuf bourgignon". The correct spelling should be "bourguignon". See more »

Quotes

Hugo Cabret: [Angry and disappointed that the automaton hasn't written anything of sense] What an idiot! Thinking I could fix it!
Isabelle: Hugo...
[Hugo looses his composure and begins smashing various items in the room]
Hugo Cabret: It's broken! It's always been broken!
[Sits in chair, covers his face and begins to cry]
Isabelle: Hugo, it doesn't have to be like this. You can fix it.
Hugo Cabret: [crying] You don't... you don't understand. I thought... I thought if I could fix it... then I wouldn't be so alone.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Martin Scorsese: True Confessions (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Waters of the Minnetonka
Written by J.M. Cavanass (as James M. Cavanass) and Thurlow Lieurance
Performed by Zez Confrey
Courtesy of Warner Classics
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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HUGO was like watching a dream.
24 November 2011 | by Anna KreissSee all my reviews

"If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from, just look around. This is where they're made."

Hugo Cabret's story was told so well that it felt like you were right there with him on his stunning adventure.

For those unfamiliar, this is the story about a young boy named Hugo. He lives inside the walls of a train station in Paris in the 1930's. His father dies, leaving behind a mysterious automaton that, when fixed, can write. Hugo makes it his mission to fix it, believing that it will reveal a message from his father. With the help of an eccentric girl named Isabelle, he tries to uncover a magical mystery about the old man at the toy booth (Isabelle's godfather) and enchanting early films.

I had been looking forward to this film for a very long time, and I was not disappointed at all. I was a bit unsure about the 3D at first, but it turned out to be superb. Every single object became part of the story, and the audience became immersed in this beautiful world created by Martin Scorsese and Brian Selznick. While every member of the cast was brilliant, there are two in particular I'd like to point out.

First, Asa Butterfield as Hugo. He carried the film with perfection and gave a truly incredible performance. His acting was very natural--you could hardly tell he was acting! He did an amazing job of bringing life to a complex, lost, sad character. Asa is one of the most talented young actors I've ever seen; a very likely Oscar nomination in his future.

Last (but certainly not least) is Chloe Grace Moretz. She is another young performer that never fails to amaze me. Chloe nailed the British accent and brilliantly portrayed a bright, energetic Isabelle.

This movie has it all: beautiful visuals, super-talented cast, magic, love, heart, feeling, emotion. Best Picture Nomination for sure, and quite possibly others. Overall, this movie is a must-see. It was the most enjoyable theater experience that I've ever had. The entire theater broke into applause once it ended. This film has something for all ages, and it's really something special.

Especially if you love adventure, mystery, wonder, and have a bright imagination, you will fall in love with this film just like I did.

"Come and dream with me."


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