The Aviator (1985)

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Based on a novel by Ernest Gann and set in 1928, this story starts out focusing on aviation and then flies in another direction at about three feet worth of altitude. Christopher Reeves is Edgar Anscombe, a pilot of a Stearman biplane running a mail route between the states of Washington and Nevada, when he is obliged to accept Tillie Hansen (Rosanna Arquette) as a passenger one day. Introverted at best, sullen and forbidding at worst, Edgar is struggling with his own trauma after surviving a crash that left him with an ugly scar across his face. Tillie personifies all the worse traits commonly attributed to the rich and spoiled -- and the two are set to joust from the beginning. After they take off, an accident occurs and although the dueling pair survive the crash, they are hard put to survive for long in the desolate mountains. Soon Edgar's friend Jerry (Scott Wilson) is out looking for him, and Tillie's obnoxious father is there at the base airport to put pressure on everyone to find her. Needless to say, Edgar and Tillie, in the meantime, are faced with dangers that make their previous problems seem minor. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Box Office:
$287,195.00
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Sam Wanamaker
as Bruno Hansen
Christopher Reeve
as Edgar Anscombe
Rosanna Arquette
as Tillie Hansen
Scott Wilson
as Jerry Stiller
Jack Warden
as Moravia
Tyne Daly
as Evelyn Stiller
Tim Stack
as First Officer
Marcia Strassman
as Rose Stiller
Will Hare
as Old Man
Frano Lasic
as Daniel Hansen
Jeff Harding
as Carson
Glenn Neufeld
as George Hansen
Paul Lichtman
as Customer
Paul Reid Roman
as Counterman
Ron Travis
as Probosky
Robert Peirce
as Student Pilot
Larry B. Williams
as Second Officer
Franco Lasic
as Daniel Hansen
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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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June 15, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

A third-rate rendition of the second-rate High Road to China.

May 10, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

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April 9, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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July 28, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Aviator

Slow, dull, Superman gets attacked by one too many wolves... But the film did pick up once they crashed and had to survive the elements together. Too bad Arquette was playing a minor/teenager, so it cannot quite be a love story. Atrociously filmed from the director of The Neverending Story II. There's no flair, the camera shots are stilted, the flying sequences laughable. Oh well... At least Superman IV's Sam Wanamaker appears in this two years before reuniting with Reeve.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

Slow, dull, Superman gets attacked by one too many wolves... But the film did pick up once they crashed and had to survive the elements together. Too bad Arquette was playing a minor/teenager, so it cannot quite be a love story. Atrociously filmed from the director of The Neverending Story II. There's no flair, the camera shots are stilted, the flying sequences laughable. Oh well... At least Superman IV's Sam Wanamaker appears in this two years before reuniting with Reeve.

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

5.5/10. A very old fashioned kind of film, kind of similar to "It Happened One Night", only no where near as good. Christopher Reeve is actually good in this one, Rosanna Arquette is not as impressive. Some good cinematography. It's an okay film, mildly diverting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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