The Aviator

The Aviator

Leonardo DiCaprio
Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
, Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
, Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
Martin Scorsese

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Overview

Martin Scorsese directed this fast-moving, epic-scale biopic documenting the life and loves one of the most colorful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. The Aviator follows Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as the twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes, with his passion for airplanes, to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic called Hell's Angels, which took three years to complete thanks to the shift from silent to sound filming and Hughes' relentless perfectionism. However, the film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow (Gwen Stefani) a star and enjoying a romance with Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). But Hollywood's old-boy network never fully accepted Hughes, and in time his passion for flying began to reclaim his attentions as he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft. Hughes also found time to romance Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and founded his own airline, Trans-World Airlines, though as his ideas became bolder, his approach became more eccentric, and he gained many powerful enemies, including the head of Pan-American Airlines, Juan Trippe (Alec Baldwin), and Senator Ralph Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), who attempted to prove that Hughes' radical design ideas were actually part of an effort to bilk taxpayers for millions of dollars through government contracts. The Aviator's star-studded cast also includes John C. Reilly, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, and Frances Conroy.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
UPC: 0085393893927
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:50:00
Sales rank: 928

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese on disc 1; deleted scene, "Howard Tells Ava About His Car Accident"; "A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator; "The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History"; History Channel Modern Marvels documentary on Hughes; "The Visual Effects of The Aviator"; "The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder"; "The Age of Glamour: The Hair and Makeup of The Aviator"; "Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy Powell"; "Constructing The Aviator: The Work of Dante Ferretti"; an evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda; an OCD panel discussion with the cast; photo gallery; "Scoring The Aviator: The Work of Howard Shore"; "The Wainwright Family - Loudon, Rufus, and Martha."

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Howard Hughes
Cate Blanchett Katharine Hepburn
Kate Beckinsale Ava Gardner
John C. Reilly Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin Juan Trippe
Alan Alda Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
Ian Holm Professor Fitz
Danny Huston Jack Frye
Gwen Stefani Jean Harlow
Jude Law Errol Flynn
Adam Scott Johnny Meyer
Matt Ross Glenn Odekirk
Kelli Garner Faith Domergue
Frances Conroy Mrs. Hepburn
Brent Spiner Robert Gross
Stanley de Santis Louis B. Mayer
Edward Herrmann Joseph Breen
Willem Dafoe Roland Sweet
Kenneth Walsh Dr. Hepburn
J.C. MacKenzie Ludlow
Vincent Laresca Jorge
Justin Shilton Actor
Chris Ufland Actor
Josie Maran Actor
Nellie Sciutto Nadine Henley
Rufus Wainwright Actor
Sam Hennings Actor

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
Sandy Climan Producer
Leonardo DiCaprio Executive Producer
Charles Evans Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Martin Gendron Art Director
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Graham King Producer
Michele Laliberte Art Director
William J. Law Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lewis Casting
John Logan Screenwriter
Michael Mann Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Réal Proulx Art Director
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director,Co-producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Rick Schwartz Executive Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects Supervisor
Luca Tranchino Art Director
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Rick Yorn Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie - Widescreen
1. Young Howard [2:18]
2. "Welcome to Hollywood," Hell's Angels Year One [8:15]
3. Hell's Angels Year Two [6:58]
4. Hell's Angels Year Three [4:04]
5. "Howard Hughes' $4 Million Epic" [5:04]
6. "Follow-Through Is Everything in Golf, Just Like Life" [3:38]
7. TWA... "Tiger by the Tail" [2:18]
8. "I'm Sure You Know Errol" [4:31]
9. Teaching Kate to Fly [4:55]
10. H-1 Racer, Breaking the World Speed Record [5:20]
11. Letting Kate In [5:12]
12. Around the World in Four Days [1:31]
13. "Don't Worry About It Howard, She's Just Working the Room" [3:43]
14. Visiting the Hepburn Estate [5:30]
15. MPAA Outlaws Mammaries [4:43]
16. Selling The Hercules [1:07]
17. "There's Too Much Howard Hughes in Howard Hughes" [3:18]
18. The Constellation [3:21]
19. "We're Too Alike, You and I" [5:13]
20. Faith Domergue [1:44]
21. "Kill the Story," Burying the Hepburn-Tracy Scandal [6:45]
22. Ava Gardner [3:02]
23. "Show Me All the Blueprints, Show Me All the Blueprints" [2:57]
24. XP-11, Inaugural Flight and Crash [5:32]
25. Flowers From Juan Trippe [6:27]
26. Government Investigation [4:24]
27. Q-U-A-R-A-N-T-I-N-E [11:10]
28. The Germ-Free Zone [13:57]
29. Brewster Senate Hearings [4:36]
30. The Flying Boat [7:54]
31. "The Way of the Future, the Way of the Future" [9:41]
32. End Credits [4:02]

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