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Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Virginia Madsen


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Hilary Swank and Richard Gere star in director Mira Nair's biopic tracing the life of famed aviator Amelia Earhart -- who made history in 1932 by becoming the first woman ever to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip made the aviatrix a national celebrity -- with help fromSee more details below


Hilary Swank and Richard Gere star in director Mira Nair's biopic tracing the life of famed aviator Amelia Earhart -- who made history in 1932 by becoming the first woman ever to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip made the aviatrix a national celebrity -- with help from her publicist George Putnam (Gere), whom she fell in love with and eventually married. Their union was tested, however, as Earhart developed feelings for contemporary Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor ), and the couple's marriage faced the ultimate tragedy years later, as Earhart's fierce independent spirit spurred her to attempt to fly around the world -- a venture that infamously shrouded her in mystery, as the pilot simply vanished after crashing into the Pacific Ocean. Christopher Eccleston and co-star in the Avalon Pictures production.

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Hilary Swank's performance as the extremely independent, extremely adorable aviatrix Amelia Earhart is pretty much as good as it gets. Straddling the line between full-body character acting and old-school stylization, Swank has a tough job, but she makes her portrayal look easy -- even with a script that's not necessarily the best. Opening on Earhart's fateful decision to complete a round-the-world journey in 1937, the narrative subsequently jumps back to her first meeting with publicist George Putnam (Richard Gere), who would organize her 1928 transatlantic flight, and later become her husband. The freckle-faced young pilot is fiercely independent, but though the movie illustrates the strides that Earhart made for the feminist movement through her celebrity, the plot is much more focused on the love story between her and Putnam -- whom she calls GP. It's a very sweet romance, and it dovetails nicely with the nature of the overall film -- which is a traditional inspirational drama through and through, and certainly doesn't reach for profundity. Swank and Gere have great chemistry in this way, and the two share a believable intimacy onscreen. Even still, there are other elements -- like Earhart's affair with Gore Vidal's father, Gene (Ewan McGregor) -- that seem shoehorned in, disconnected from the rest of the movie. Swank works as hard as she can to illuminate her character's motivations, but sometimes there just isn't enough material there for her to succeed. However, Amelia might just make up for these shortcomings by virtue of its beauty alone, as the art direction is as lavish and immaculate as we've come to expect from big-budget period pieces. The film is shot, costumed, and set decorated within an inch of its gorgeous life, alternating between lush aerial landscapes and lovely, sepia-tinged art deco style. Earhart's own boyish take on the gamine look of her day -- complete with Annie Hall-style men's shirts and ties draped over her boyish frame -- provides a particularly compelling aesthetic, as do the captivating scenes of her journeys to Africa and the Middle East. When the pilot's infamously mysterious demise begins to loom on the story's horizon, we certainly know what's coming, but don't be surprised if you find yourself hoping against hope for Earhart's fate to change -- if for no other reason than so we can live in that stunning cinematic world a little longer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Making Amelia, the power of Amelia Earhart; Movietone news reels:; Mrs. Putnam flies atlantic again-this time alone; Amelia Earhart flies over the us in 17 hours; Miss earhart flies from Hawaii to us to win solo crown; Aviation (introducing the electra); Aviation (Amelia testing her plane); Names in the news: Amelia Earhart; Race to rescue Amelia Earhart!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hilary Swank Amelia Earhart
Richard Gere George Putnam
Virginia Madsen Dorothy Binney
Ewan McGregor Gene Vidal
Christopher Eccleston Fred Noonan,Actor
Joe Anderson Bill Stultz,Actor
Cherry Jones Eleanor Roosevelt
Mia Wasikowska Elinor Smith
Aaron Abrams Slim Gordon
Dylan Roberts Leo Bellarts
Scott Yaphe William Dalten
Tom Fairfoot Balfour
Ryann Shane Young Amelia
William Cuddy Gore Vidal
Elizabeth Shepherd Frances Putnam
Richard Donat Gallagher
Scott Anderson Parade Reporter
Keelin Jack Student
Sarah Kitz George's Secretary
Jeremy Akerman Sheriff
Derek Keurvorst Minister
Thomas Hauff Man at Opera House
Sarah Dood 1st Woman at Opera
Danielle Bourgon 2nd Woman at Opera
Hamish McEwan Paul
Michael Daly Frank Cipriani
Jeffrey Knight Commander
Paul Johnston Thomas O'Hare
Michael Richard Reporter #1
Daniel Janks Reporter #2
Ron Smerczac Reporter #3
Kerin McCue Movie Tone Announcer
Richard Lothian Coast Guard Man
Divine Brown Torch Singer
Elizabeth Saunders Louise Thaden
Precious Chong Gladys O'Donnell
Kathryn Haggis Powder Puff Aviator
Duane Murray Cleveland Reporter
Joe Renzi Welsh Singer
Geoff Gillespie Welsh Singer

Technical Credits
Mira Nair Director
Ronald Bass Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Don Carmody Co-producer
Stephanie Carroll Production Designer
Nigel Churcher Art Director
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Kevin Hyman Producer
Allyson C. Johnson Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Percy Editor
Anna Hamilton Phelan Screenwriter
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Hilary Swank Executive Producer
Ted Waitt Producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amelia
1. Main Titles [:58]
2. Passion For Flying [:21]
3. Book Deal [2:22]
4. First Attempt [3:22]
5. We're Leaving [1:27]
6. Limited Options [4:08]
7. Public Appearances [5:43]
8. A New Relationship [4:17]
9. Faced With Choices [4:17]
10. A Big Announcement [3:14]
11. Atlantic Flight [:49]
12. Powerful Friends [7:10]
13. New Venture [5:41]
14. Good-Bye [:38]
15. An Electra [5:54]
16. "How Can I Lose?" [6:21]
17. Try Again [1:45]
18. "Come Back to Me" [5:14]
19. Taking Chances [4:19]
20. See You In Honolulu [4:36]
21. Losing Contact [5:13]
22. "Please Acknowledge, Over" [1:20]
23. Lost [1:27]
24. End Credits [3:14]

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