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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.

Director:

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 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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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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Defying The Impossible. Living The Dream. See more »


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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,241,034, 10 January 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Both this and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) are 2009 films from Twentieth Century Fox that both contained an Amelia Earhart character. See more »

Goofs

After Amelia leaves on her final flight, there is a flying montage. The next scene is a POV shot from Amelia's 16mm camera which zooms in. The next shot shows her camera with 3 fixed lens on a rotating disc that was common for the era which also did not have zoom lens. See more »

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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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.66 (2011) See more »

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Minihunie Hut
Written by Doug Perkins and Steve Goomas
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The story behind the legend
24 October 2009 | by moviemanMASee all my reviews

Mira Nair brings to life the story of Amelia Earhart in Amelia. It stars Hilariy Swank, who just might have acted her way into another Oscar nomination and potential win. Alongside her is Richard Gere as George Putnam as her publicist and partner. The story starts with her emergence into the public eye when she tried to become the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. She does so but not alone, something she would later try to accomplish.

As her popularity grows so does Putnam's interest in his starlet. He wants her to be famous and to be loved. All she wants is to fly. Together they help make strides for female pilots everywhere. In the days leading up to and including the Great Depression, aviation was a primarily male dominated world, but that mattered very little for Amelia.

Along the way she becomes acquainted with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor), a pilot himself and someone that Amelia becomes very close to. Amelia's free spirited nature and desire to be set free come in the way with her feelings for Putnam, and as well as Vidal.

The film is not just about one person, but about a person's dreams, desires, and ambition. Amelia lectures and speaks out for women's rights, advocating for them to follow their dreams of either becoming a pilot like her, or just living their life the way they want to. She doesn't want to be tethered down or restricted.

Swank gives a solid performance as the flying ace. She both looks the part and acts the part very well. I must say that I did not know an awful lot about Amelia Earhart other than the common knowledge about her, but I feel like Swank embodied pretty much what I would expect Amelia to be. Swank has such confidence on screen and is not afraid to let it all hang out there. Though her performances in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby are more impressive, this is a finely tuned character she has developed and a very likable one. Gere too gives a great performance. He does a great job of becoming Putnam ever so slightly with his voice. It's the tiniest of inflections but it is effective nonetheless.

Nair does a great job of capturing the beauty of flight and the ability that the world has to take you breath away. I didn't think this was a visually stunning film, but a well constructed biopic that tells a story we want to hear. I was interested in how she would present her final flight around the world and I was pleased with how she broke it up into segments and didn't try to make it recreate things we don't know about like in The Perfect Storm. The mystery is still there.

Parts of the film are a bit dry, clichéd, and repetitive, but overall this was a nice film about someone who shouldn't be forgotten. It's a good story with great characters, fine acting, and is pleasing to watch.


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