The Aviator

The Aviator

DVD - 2005
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Follows the life of Howard Hughes as the twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, who comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic. The film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow a star and enjoying a romance with Katharine Hepburn. But Hollywood's old-boy network never fully accepted Hughes, and in time his passion for flying began to reclaim his attentions. In time he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft. Hughes also found time to romance Ava Gardner and founded his own airline, Trans-World Airlines. As his ideas became bolder and more eccentric, he gained many powerful enemies.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005].
Edition: 2-disc widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9780790795232
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Aviator
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 170 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Aviator (Motion picture : 2004)


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Howard Hughes and Tony Stark have a lot in common, and this look at the original inventor-turned-playboy starring Leo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorcese is a riveting look at both the genius and the mental costs sometime associated with it.

An epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920's to the mid-1940's.

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May 07, 2016

3 hour long movie about perfectonist, mentally ill, OCD man who takes alot of misfortune. I enjoyed it.

d2013 Jan 02, 2016

A gripping biopic... Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent in this movie!

Jun 07, 2015

A middling good portrayal of the life of Howard Hughes up until shortly after WWII. A man with a truly exceptional life

Jan 09, 2015

For an epic movie directed by Martin Scorsese it still leaves something to be desired because it leaves out and cuts short certain things about Howard Hughes's life personally and politically that should have been brazenly portrayed in this film.Maybe if Martin Scorsese would have wrote this film also that would have happened but the Weinstein brothers are 2 of the executive producers of this.More than likely they're the reason why this film ends on an incomplete note unfortunately and that's too bad and so sad,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 30, 2014

Like any biography, it is hard to make it fit a theme. The different sections of his life make the story disjointed, despite attempts to connect things (and some great acting jobs). The lack of backstory (aside from the odd repeated scene with his mother) didn't help get a feeling for the character. (*I* thought it was worth it just to see the Spruce Goose fly, but I'm prejudiced.)

Jun 13, 2014

The first 45 minutes were indescribably boring. I continued watching it only because Leonardo DiCaprio was, as always, great. I did not like the story, there was no plot, no explanation who the main character was, and why he acted so strangely every now and than. After watching this movie I have definitely understood that I do not enjoy Martin Scorsese's movies at all. Making a long movie does not necessarily mean making an epic movie. There might be a bit of lack of self reflection. Movie is a product like any other and this director has a niche clientele. I do not understand the nominations except for DiCaprio and great Alan Alda.

Mar 08, 2014

Original title that was rejected: "I'm Howard Hughes. Now get these goddamn bugs off of me!"

Dec 28, 2013

Hollywood drivel. Hammy overacting. I shut it off after 15 minutes.

wayne19711012 Jul 13, 2012


Feb 11, 2012

Long...long...long film. Hughes was a brilliant, eccentric visionary. I learned a lot about the man. Cate Blanchett was fantastic as Katharine Hepburn, and deserved her Oscar.

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Jul 30, 2011

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.


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Jul 30, 2011

Ava Gardner: You listened to my phone calls?
Howard Hughes: No! No! No! Honey I would never do that! I'd never do that! I... I just read the transcripts, that's all.

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