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The epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator howard hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.


Studio Warner
SKU 40712789
UPC 085393894023
UPC 14 00085393894023
Format DVD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Rating Rating
Film About Film
Film Directors
Historic Figures
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Martin Scorsese's THE AVIATOR is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harks back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries. At only 25 years of age, Hughes directed the most expensive film ever made up to that point, HELL'S ANGELS (1930), which Scorsese gleefully recreates here in all its sprawling, audacious glory. At the same time, he became known as an unabashed playboy, bedding the likes of Jean Harlow (singer Gwen Stefani), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and Katherine Hepburn (a brilliant Cate Blanchett). In the mid-'30s, he turned his attention to the aviation industry, where he quickly became world-renowned for shattering speed and distance records. He also continued to test the limits of flight technology, building bigger, faster, and stronger aircrafts. All the while, he struggled with an obsessive-compulsive disorder that sent him into a full-fledged tailspin after a near-fatal plane crash. The film concludes with Hughes being called before the Senate in 1947 to defend himself against the nefarious Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), who accused Hughes of taking money from the United States government during wartime.^Stunningly photographed by Robert Richardson, Scorsese's nearly three-hour drama features an impassioned performance by DiCaprio, who is also credited as an executive producer. Although she appears in less than a third of the film, Blanchett delivers a performance that cements her status as one of the finest actresses ever to appear on the big screen.
Los Angeles Times "DiCaprio convincingly conveys the hard shrewdness and the petulance of the man. It's a make-or-break performance for the film, and it pays off." 12/17/2004 p.E1
USA Today "A magnificent DiCaprio fully captures Hughes' drive and intensity..." 12/17/2004 p.1E
Entertainment Weekly "[T]here's a sleek, almost tactile pleasure to be had in getting swept up in the gale force of a man who smashed through limits because he didn't see them." 12/24/2004 p.48-9
Rolling Stone "DiCaprio gives a turbocharged, ready-to-rock performance....Stunningly shot..." 12/30/2004 p.170
Uncut "[C]ome fly with Scorsese for a fine, forceful film that's always arresting..." 02/01/2005 p.98,Ranked #29 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] lavish, glamorous biopic of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes that doubles as a feverish tribute to the golden age of Hollywood movie-making." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Chicago Sun-Times "THE AVIATOR celebrates Scorsese's zest for finding excitement in a period setting?.Scorsese has emerged into the full flower of his gifts." 12/24/2004 p.27
Sight and Sound "[E]ngrossing, witty, elegant and inventive..." 03/01/2005 p.43-4
Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cate Blanchett
Cast & Crew
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Howard Shore - Original Music By
John Logan - Writer
Kate Beckinsale - Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - Actor
Martin Scorsese - Director
Martin Scorsese - Executive Producer
Michael Mann - Producer
Noah Dietrich - Actor
Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 38940
UPC 00085393894023
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 170 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2005) Cate Blanchett, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,Leonardo DiCaprio, Nominee, Best Actor,Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Director,Alan Alda, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The Aviator is a good, but not great, filmed biography, and continues Scorsese's recent flirt
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review The Aviator is very much like the climactic scene of the visionary Hughes battling to get his
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What an enthralling film, 166 minutes, and it races past. There's a match here between Scorsese and
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Dicaprio,Leonardo
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper Two BIG thumbs up!
NBC, Jeffrey Lyons Leonardo DiCaprio gives the finest, most complex performance of his career.
TIME, Richard Schickel The best picture of the year! Filmmaking on a grand and rare scale.
USA Today, Mike Clark Spectacular!

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