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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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Mira Nair

Writers:

Ronald Bass (as Ron Bass), Anna Hamilton Phelan | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Amelia Earhart
Richard Gere ... George Putnam
Ewan McGregor ... Gene Vidal
Christopher Eccleston ... Fred Noonan
Joe Anderson ... Bill Stultz
Cherry Jones ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Mia Wasikowska ... Elinor Smith
Aaron Abrams ... Slim Gordon
Dylan Roberts ... Leo Bellarts
Scott Yaphe Scott Yaphe ... William Dalten
Tom Fairfoot ... Balfour
Ryann Shane ... Young Amelia
William Cuddy William Cuddy ... Gore Vidal
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Frances Putnam
Richard Donat ... Gallagher
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Storyline

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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Visionary. Lover. Dreamer. Fighter. Legend. Icon. See more »


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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Амелия See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,904,047, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:

$14,246,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,643,086
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Amelia signs the contract with her left hand, but in real life she was not left handed. Obviously Hilary Swank is. See more »

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The black and white film of the Lockheed Electra taking off the first time shows a window next to the door, and a window in the door. When the scene reverts to color, the window in the door is missing. See more »

Quotes

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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A Highlights Reel
25 October 2009 | by ssunzhongSee all my reviews

I was very disappointed with this movie. It's an honest statement and I am prepared to explain why.

This film had so much on its side. Excellent actors, a fascinating subject, in fact the whole thing reeked of Oscar-Worthy... until it actually showed up in theaters. Perhaps it really did try, and I can tell that it was MEANT to be an awards movie. It couldn't be further from worthy.

"Amelia" is a highlights reel of Amelia Earhart's life, faithfully chronicling all the significant events of the famed aviatrix's career. However, it is hollow and nowhere is this more apparent than in the depiction of Earhart's relationships. Or the lack of it. There's no buildup, no exposition, no sort of character interaction to motivate any kind of bond or love forming between individuals. Things just kind of... HAPPEN. Amelia falls in love, falls out of love, and falls in love all over again, all without any sort of event or prompt to motivate it.

In fact, that's the problem of the entire film. Things just HAPPEN with little or not buildup or motivation in between. Poignant moments come and go with no warning or conclusion, rendering them meaningless and out of context. It seems almost as though the director Mira Nair tried a little too hard in the wrong direction.

This is a biopic, not a biography. Plenty of biographies have been written about Ms. Earhart already, the facts belong there. This is supposed to be a movie, and whereas I have no quarrel with facts, they are not the most important aspects. Movies are supposed to be snapshots, truer to the SPIRIT of a character and the MESSAGE of a story than the events within. Events in and of themselves are hollow and meaningless unless the MOTIVATIONS behind them are explained. In "Amelia", they sadly are not, and we are relegated to seeing the brilliant moments of Amelia's life pass with emotionless detachment. Why? Because this movie makes no effort in building character, assuming that the actors' charisma and the fame of their names would automatically make us invested in their fates.

Ms. Nair, you were mistaken.


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