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Aviator / Million Dollar Baby

The Aviator / Million Dollar Baby

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett


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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With one of the 20th century’s most colorful characters as his subject, director Martin Scorsese has turned out an unusually compelling biography that, like many of its kind, generates tremendous interest while ignoring or distorting portions of the historical record. Scorsese’s portrait of maverick tycoon/filmmaker/aviator Howard Hughes (played convincingly by a seemingly miscast Leonardo DiCaprio) is accurate in a “big picture” sense, even to its unstated but strongly implied attribution of Hughes’s legendary eccentricities to an undiagnosed case of what we know today as obsessive-compulsive disorder. And it certainly presents thrilling re-creations of his aerial adventures, which included setting a new airspeed record in 1935, crashing an experimental spy plane in 1946, and getting his mammoth flying boat -- derisively nicknamed “the Spruce Goose” -- airborne in 1947. But the film plays fast and loose with many other aspects of Hughes’s amazing life; for example, it completely ignores his ill-fated first marriage, which was well underway during the three-year production of Hell’s Angels dramatized in Aviator’s first act. It also disregards his torrid affair with then-famous actress Billie Dove and overlooks his lengthy, close friendship with actor Cary Grant. Still, Scorsese does a magnificent job of depicting the wild-and-woolly Hollywood of the late silent and early sound years, vividly recreating the bacchanalian atmosphere of such famous nightspots as the Coconut Grove. Hughes’s lengthy and improbable romance with Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-winning performance) gets expansive treatment, as does his on-again, off-again fling with glamorous Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale). Critics and viewers caught up in the Hollywood sections of the film were less impressed with its last hour, in which a clearly disturbed Hughes, his mental illness exacerbated by head injuries sustained in the 1946 crash, fights for both his sanity and his business. But the tycoon’s memorable showdown with Senator Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), the culmination of Senate hearings called to investigate mismanagement of government funds by Hughes Aircraft during World War II, is a bravura climax that showcases The Aviator’s exceptional writing, directing, acting, and editing. Nearly three hours in length, the film has a few tedious stretches, but Scorsese achieves the heights he's aiming for -- a truly soaring cinematic experience.

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Warner Home Video

Special Features

Aviator:; Audio Commentary: Commentary by Scorsese ; Deleted Scenes: Deleted scene: Howard Tells Ava About His Car Accident ; Documentaries: ; Modern Marvels: Howard Hughes-- a 45 minute Documentary By The History Channel ; Documentary: 2 Music Featurettes:; Scoring The Aviator: The Work Of Howard Shore ; The Wainwright Family - Loudon, Rufus And Martha ; Featurette: A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator; The Role Of Howard Hughes In Aviation History; An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda; The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; OCD Panel Discussion With Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, And Howard Hughes' Widow Terry Moore ; Other: 2 Behind-the-scenes featurettes:; The Age Of Glamour: The Hair And Makeup Of The; The Visual Effects Of The Aviator; Photo gallery; ; Million Dollar Baby:; Documentaries: Born to Fight ; Featurette: Behind the scenes: Producers Round 15 ; Interviews: Roundtable with Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman hosted by James Lipton ("Inside the Actor's Studio")

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Frankie Dunn
Leonardo DiCaprio Howard Hughes
Cate Blanchett Katharine Hepburn
Hilary Swank Maggie Fitzgerald
Kate Beckinsale Ava Gardner
Morgan Freeman Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Anthony Mackie Shawrelle Berry
John C. Reilly Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin Juan Trippe
Jay Baruchel Danger Barch
Alan Alda Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
Mike Colter Big Willie Little

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Director, Million Dollar Baby
Martin Scorsese Director,Director, The Aviator

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