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The Aviator

2004, Biography/History, 2h 46m

226 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman. Read critic reviews

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Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Cast & Crew

Cate Blanchett
Katharine Hepburn
John C. Reilly
Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin
Juan Trippe
Alan Alda
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
Ian Holm
Professor Fitz
Gwen Stefani
Jean Harlow
Jude Law
Errol Flynn
Adam Scott
Johnny Meyer
Matt Ross
Glenn Odekirk
Kelli Garner
Faith Domergue
Frances Conroy
Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn
Brent Spiner
Robert Gross
Stanley DeSantis
Louis B. Mayer
Edward Herrmann
Joseph Breen
Willem Dafoe
Tabloid editor
Kenneth Welsh
Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn
J.C. MacKenzie
Ludlow Ogden Smith
John Logan
Screenwriter
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Howard Shore
Original Music
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Dante Ferretti
Production Design
Martin Gendron
Art Director
Alice Baker
Set Decoration
Sandy Powell
Costume Design
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  • Jun 22, 2015
    Scorsese and DiCaprio make a formidable duo in this intricate biopic. The Aviator puts together Scorsese's masterful and colorful direction along with DiCaprio's career-defining performance to make for a classical film. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2014
    Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. The film follows the rise and personal struggles of notorious playboy Howard Hughes from his early days in Hollywood filming the infamous Hell's Angels to his buyout and launch of TWA as a leading international airline. The plot lacks a traditional structure and instead tries to give an overall sense of Hughes' life. However, the pacing is poor and kills the film's momentum. Still, the all-star cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and Alec Baldwin, delivers some incredibly charismatic performances. While it has some production issues, overall The Aviator is a fascinating tale of drive and ambition.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2013
    An interesting biopic well-acted by DiCaprio. Nothing very bold about the film but it is well shot.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2012
    SMART. Odd to say it, but underrated Scorsese
    Jeff L Super Reviewer

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