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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.

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

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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,241,034, 10 January 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the plane used by the producers for the movie was abducted by the authorities of an African country, where the plane landed to get some fuel. The producers had to pay a ransom through the embassy to finally get the plane, a Lockheed. See more »

Goofs

The third-class petty officer, who is nodding off, salutes the second-class petty officer when he enters the room. Enlisted men only salute officers, not each other. Additionally, Navy and Coast Guard personnel never salute indoors, and they do not salute while "uncovered" (not wearing headgear.) See more »

Quotes

Fred Noonan: Might be easier to shoot me.
Amelia Earhart: Just lightening the load.
Fred Noonan: You got room for 180 pounds of asshole?
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Newsreel
Written by Linda Martinez
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Ordinary film of extraordinary woman
25 October 2009 | by bbkfinnSee all my reviews

Sorry, it's just not enough to have Hillary Swank look the part, which she does. This movie had all the historical ingredients to be a great film, and it instead falls back into the same old bland dialog and formula plot that sinks so many biography movies. This film is like a made for TV movie - paints a pretty picture and refuses to go where no man, or no woman, has gone before. Which means it's a whitewash of history. Offers no real interesting insights into this extraordinary woman - not even her mysterious disappearance. For once, why not just stick to the facts, and give us a slightly less glamorous Amelia, minimize the love story, and show what a truly remarkable explorer she was? How dangerous her flying really was, and the challenges she had to overcome, both in the air and on the ground, in a male-dominated society. This film touches on this, but rather than paint with strong strokes, it uses an airbrush. Not a complete waste of time, just average.


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