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The Aeronauts (2019)

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A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.


Tom Harper


Tom Harper (story by), Jack Thorne (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Amelia Wren
Vincent Perez ... Pierre Rennes
Phoebe Fox ... Antonia
Lewin Lloyd ... Charlie
Himesh Patel ... John Trew
Eddie Redmayne ... James Glaisher
Robert Glenister ... Ned Chambers
Tim McInnerny ... Airy
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Charles Green
Tom Courtenay ... Arthur Glaisher
Anne Reid ... Ethel Glaisher
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ... Poppy
Rebecca Front ... Aunt Frances
Elsa Alili ... Antonia's Daughter
Connie Price Connie Price ... Antonia's Daughter

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In 1862, pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) teams up with daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world, they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

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Inspired by a True Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some peril and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne previously starred together in The Theory of Everything (2014). They are good friends in real life See more »


Several characters address Amelia as Miss Wren which is her maiden name. No gentleman would do this especially in Victorian times. Amelia is a widow and should therefore be addressed by her late husband's name as Mrs. Rennes. See more »


[the sound of distant thunder rumbles]
Amelia Wren: Are we still sure this weather will hold... because my instinct is telling me
James Glaisher: [interrupting] Your instinct has no place in weather prediction.
Amelia Wren: You're lying to me.
James Glaisher: Every reading that I took this morning was quite clear, Miss Wren.
Amelia Wren: There are no advantages to concealing concerns for we are trapped here no matter what you say.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, many of the Os in people's names slowly rise, as if symbolizing a balloon elevating. See more »


Home to You
Written by Sigrid and Steve Mac
Performed by Sigrid
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You don't change the world simply by looking at it, you change it through the way you choose to live in it.
23 December 2019 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I watched this on Amazon Prime streaming. While it was inspired by a real person, James Glaisher who set the early groundwork for understanding and predicting weather, the story told here is a highly fictionalized account of his 1862 ascent by balloon to perhaps 36,000 feet.

Felicity Jones as the fictional pilot and Eddie Redmayne as James Glaisher are both good. Being a scientist myself I was a bit put off by such things as climbing the exterior of the balloon at above 30,000 feet where the air temperature would be somewhere between -50 and -65F, and without gloves! What is depicted here is fantasy.

But what about the good? The production values are high and the action interesting. Plus how many have even heard of Glaisher and his pioneering meteorological studies at a time when other British scientists laughed at him? He was a very important scientist in the history of weather forecasting and contributed to changing the world.

So yeah, it has lots of things it can be legitimately criticized for but still it is an entertaining movie if you are in the right mood. I mostly enjoyed it.

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Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Atmos



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2.39 : 1
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