The Aviator
The Aviator

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Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper ... (Full plot summary below)

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Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress Katharine Hepburn. From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness.

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Chicago Tribune - 10/10 by Michael Wilmington Sumptuously exciting, glowing with expertise, seething with life, gorgeously designed and thrillingly articulated.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Roger Ebert This is one of the year's best films.
Variety - 10/10 by Todd McCarthy An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.
The New Yorker - 10/10 by David Denby Brilliantly entertaining.
USA Today - 10/10 by Mike Clark Despite the film's sporadic lulls, both director and star are on full beam. The first and third hours of this 20th-century epic are as dazzling as big-scale movies get.
Baltimore Sun - 10/10 by Michael Sragow If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.
Rolling Stone - 9/10 by Peter Travers When it flies, it soars.
Portland Oregonian - 9/10 by Shawn Levy The Aviator, though, if not prime Scorsese, is the closest thing in a long time to the old Scorsese. What a splendid year-end gift!
Film Threat - 9/10 by Chris Barsanti This is Scorsese’s "Schindler's List", for better and for worse (mostly the better).
Premiere - 9/10 by Glenn Kenny So breathtaking is the action.
Newsweek - 9/10 by David Ansen DiCaprio is astonishing.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 9/10 by William Arnold It's not his (Scorsese) best film, but it's his most accessible and most thoroughly entertaining.

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