Hugo

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Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield, as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station. His natural aptitude for engineering leads him ...
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Overview

Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield, as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station. His natural aptitude for engineering leads him to steal gears, tools, and other items from a toy-shop owner who maintains a storefront in the station. Hugo needs these purloined pieces in order to rebuild a mechanical man that was left in the father's care at the museum -- the restoration was a project father and son did together. When Georges (Ben Kingsley), the old man who runs the toy stand, catches on to the thievery, he threatens to turn Hugo over to the station's lone police officer (Sacha Baron Cohen, who makes every effort to send any parentless child in the station to the orphanage. But Hugo's run-in with Georges leads to a friendship with the elderly gentleman's goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), who unknowingly possesses the last item Hugo needs to make the mechanical man work again.
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Special Features

Shoot The Moon: The Making Of Hugo; The Cinemagician, Georges Méliès; The Mechanical Man At The Heart Of Hugo; Big Effects, Small Scale; Sacha Baron Cohen: Role Of A Lifetime
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If you've never read Brian Selznick's award-winning children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, hearing the news that Martin Scorsese was going to adapt the family-friendly classic probably sounded like a terrible mistake or a bad joke -- nobody expects the man responsible for Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver to churn out the kind of movie that we associate with fast-food tie-ins. But for those who were familiar with Selznick's wondrous celebration of cinema's early days, that announcement couldn't have been more natural or expected. Thankfully, the movie delivers on its promise. The film stars Asa Butterfield, a young actor with the kind of eyes that trigger protective and parental instincts in any viewer, as Hugo Cabret, an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station in the 1930s. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death in a fire, Hugo learns how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to his squatting in the station. His natural aptitude for engineering leads him to steal gears, tools, and other items from a toy-shop owner who maintains a storefront in the station. Hugo needs these purloined pieces in order to rebuild a mechanical man that was left in his father's care at a nearby museum -- the restoration was a project father and son did together. When Georges Ben Kingsley, the old man who runs the toy stand, catches on to the thievery, he threatens to turn Hugo over to the station's lone police officer Sacha Baron Cohen, stealing every one of his scenes with a performance that recalls Peter Sellers, whose ineptitude is matched only by his desire to send any parentless child he finds in his station to the orphanage. But Hugo's run-in with Georges leads to a friendship with the elderly gentleman's goddaughter, Isabelle Chloe Grace Moretz, who unknowingly possesses the last item Hugo needs to make the mechanical man work again. While there's a great deal of plot in Hugo, the movie is primary a sensory experience. Scorsese's artful use of 3D turns the elaborate clockworks at the station into a labyrinth that Hugo traverses with a physical abandon that's amplified both by his age and his fear of being discovered. This is one of the more tactile films you'll see -- smoke, snowflakes, and dust particles blow through the frame, enhancing the 3D effects not because they fly in your face, but because they add depth to the images. If the film were any busier it would become exhausting to look at because there's just so much to take in, but right from the start, Scorsese balances all of the visual elements perfectly with a shot that compares the layout of Paris' streets to the gears of a clock. The visual splendor, of course, isn't an end unto itself. It's employed to tell a story very close to the director's heart -- a tale about finding and caring for old movies. Georges turns out to have had quite the fascinating life before ending up at the station, and while it's unfair to spoil the surprise for those who don't know, it's reasonable to say that Hugo is Scorsese's loving tribute to the building blocks of modern cinema. It's a history lesson that allows the modern master director to re-create some of the most-memorable images from the art form's first decade, as well as craft a tender movie about creating a family. The thought of Martin Scorsese fashioning a family-friendly film released into the thick of the overstuffed Thanksgiving movie season is just as odd as David Lynch making a movie for Disney -- but The Straight Story turned out pretty well for the Eraserhead auteur and the Mouse House. Hugo is also a success, a movie that will probably appeal more to hardcore film nerds than to nine-year-olds, unless of course that youngster will grow into a movie geek. If that's the case, Hugo will be a touchstone in their cinematic development.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302185
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,362

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen Station Inspector
Asa Butterfield Hugo Cabret
Chloë Grace Moretz Isabelle
Ray Winstone Uncle Claude
Emily Mortimer Lisette
Christopher Lee Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory Mama Jeanne
Michael Stuhlbarg Rene Tabard
Frances de la Tour Madame Emilie
Richard Griffiths Monsieur Frick
Jude Law Hugo's Father
Kevin Eldon Policeman
Gulliver McGrath Young Tabard
Shaun Aylward Street Kid
Emil Lager Django Reinhardt
Angus Barnett Theatre Manager
Edmund Kingsley Camera Technician
Max Wrottesley Train Engineer
Marco Aponte Train Engineer Assistant
Ilona Cheshire Cafe Waitress
Catherine Scorsese Child at Café
Emily Surgent Child at Café
Lily Carlson Child at Café
Frederick Warder Arabian Knight
Chrisos Lawson Arabian Knight
Tomos James Arabian Knight
Ed Sanders Young Tabard's Brother
Terence Frisch Circus Barker
Max Cane Circus Barker
Frank Bourke Gendarme
Stephen Box Gendarme
Ben Addis Salvador Dali
Robert Gill James Joyce
Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director, Producer
Kate Benton Makeup
David Crockett Executive Producer
Barbara de Fina Executive Producer
Christi Dembrowski Executive Producer
Johnny Depp Producer
Polly Fehily Makeup
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Martin Foley Art Director
Mandy Gold Makeup
Tim Headington Producer
Christian Huband Art Director
Georgia Kacandes Executive Producer
Graham King Producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff Executive Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
John Logan Screenwriter
Rod McLean Art Director
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Stuart Rose Art Director
Morag Ross Makeup
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Luca Tranchino Art Director
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    HUGO should have won the Oscar for Best Picture. AMAZING!

    The film seriously touched both of us. I'd expected a beautiful looking movie; I'd seen the trailers and oohed and aahed over Robert Richardson's stellar cinematography. What I hadn't expected was to be so moved by it; and on so many levels.

    What really got me was how Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Martin Scorsese's passion for both early cinema and film preservation, melded into such an homage to the magic of the movies. How they are the stuff dreams are made of. How they transport us. How they help us define our purpose. When the film curator says of George Melies "he changed my life", you know that's Martin Scoresese saying it too. Watching some of the old and recreated old footage, I couldn't help but feel it.
    The actual story of the two orphaned children doing all they can to evade the station inspector, Sacha Baron Cohen who is at once hilarious, monstrous, pathetic and all too human, Hugo's determination to fix the automaton to discover a message from his dead father, his evolving relationship with Isabelle's Papa George, that's the story the children will appreciate. I would think the appropriate age is anywhere from about eight and up as it is a bit long. But the George Melies' tribute, sitting in an audience watching a medium use new technology to lovingly look at its cinematic roots, that is the stuff any film buff will be enchanted with.
    As to the 3D, while I mostly love the depth and richness it provides, wrapping you up completely in the environment, there are still those occasional blurs in the very close foreground that take me out of the story. A tad disconcerting but otherwise the film was filled with so many sweet moments, I was utterly swept away.

    So you haven't read this book, neither have I. Maybe your kid did, or maybe not - it's a Caldecutt medal winner by the way. It doesn't matter. If you love movies - and you must or you wouldn't be reading this - please go see Hugo. Asa Butterfeild, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese will make your heart swell and your eyes fill. That's okay. Theatres are dark. No one can see you.

    I've been posting pretty prolifically about HUGO. You may want to check out Five things I learned about Martin Scoresese, Howard Shore scores for Scorese again ,Robert Richardson shines a light on Hugo about the cinematographer, or Hugo: It isn't just for children which features a video discussion between 3D auteurs James Cameron and Martin Scorsese as well as Mike Fleming's 25 reasons why you should see Hugo.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    A MAGICAL MOVIE

    HUGO the movie, is a good adaptation of the novel. Scorcese had a flair for details and with excellent production design,it makes the movie cinematically magical. The Paris metro train station is full of life with people and stores. The movement of people is likened to the parts movement of the clocks in the station. An orphan boys who has an aptitude for repairing things mechanical, including a steel man from the museum, makes the movie plot a cohesive whole that is unique and entertaining. An old man who owns a toy store in the Paris metro station was once a silent movie maker in years gone by, with his wife, and he owns the steel mechanical man that can make a drawing of the sun with a telescope who happens to be used in the credits in one of his silent movies. This drawing was the item of bewilderment to Hugo who wants to know what it means. There maybe some omissions or additions in the movie as compared to the original book story, but as a whole the movie is entertaining and a must see. It's a movie for all ages definitely!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Best New Movie of the Year In my opinion

    I loved this movie. I took my 6 yr old nephew who lives in France to see this over Thanksgiving while he was visiting Atlanta. I enjoyed it so much that I then took my husband to see the 3D version. I'm buying a copy for my 3 yr old Granddaughter, and one for myself. The story is exciting, sad, sweet, and told from the perspective of an orphan boy who is determined to repair his father's automaton. He lives in a Paris Train station where he maintains all the clocks. He befriends a young girl and discovers a whole new life that is enhanced by her grandfather who keeps his past a secret. Anyone with a love of the movies, especially very old movies, will thoroughly enjoy this enchanting story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Great movie for all ages

    This is very well done with great acting and Paris landscapes. Martin Sorcese is one of the best directors working today. The young man that played Hugo did a fabulous job!

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    The themes that Martin Scorsese addresses in this film—the

    The themes that Martin Scorsese addresses in this film—the thin line between self-recrimination and nostalgia, the effects of advancing technology on thriving art forms, and the lasting effects of a father’s love—would seem misguided in a typical children’s film. “Hugo,” however, a children’s film directed by Scorsese—one of the greatest American film directors of all time (“Taxi Driver,” “Goodfellas,” “The Aviator,” “Raging Bull,” “The Departed”)—is no typical children’s film. Scorsese has made a children’s film for adults who still experience the joys, wonders, mysteries, and painful epiphanies of childhood.

    First of all, the “exotic” setting of a 1930s Parisian train station establishes the wistful tone. The film is beautiful to behold—the colors, the cinematography, the set design, and the art direction are all stunningly beautiful. The plot itself focuses on the titular hero, a young boy who lives in the rafters and bowels of the station and spends his time adjusting the station’s numerous clocks, evading the menacing pursuit of the Station Inspector (played by an appropriately surly Sacha Baron Cohen), and searching for parts that animate the automaton left to him by his dead father (played by Jude Law in an unfortunately brief appearance). Through the course of his quest, Hugo encounters an elderly shopkeeper (Ben Kingsley in another masterful performance), the shopkeeper’s god-daughter, and a film historian. Through these connections, Hugo begins to piece together not only the mystery of the automaton but also the impact of the beginnings of cinema as an art form.

    The film is sumptuous, the plot is charming, the actors are magnificent—yet somehow the film amounts to far less than the sum of its parts. I found myself bored at many points during the film—the story seems to linger a bit too much, allowing the viewer to appreciate (almost excessively so) the aesthetic and nostalgic beauty of the film. Overall, I’m glad I’ve seen it, but “Hugo” is not a film that I plan on ever watching again.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    You HAVE to see this movie!

    This movie is the best book to movie film ever. The film is so much like the movie, as far as I noticed, they only got rid of one character, the man with the eyepatch. Even with this character gone, the plot stayed very simmilar to the book. They also added things to this movie to make it more entertaining, a love scenario between the station guard and the flower shop lady. This movie is a movie that kids, adults, and people of all ages will love.

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