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Aro Favourite Aviator, The


USA 2004, 163 minutes
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Genres: Drama / Epic

Topics: Aviation, Biopic, Period 1930s, Period 1940s.


Aroview: Top flight cinematic biopic of fascinating 20th century figure, Howard Hughes, told with consummate skill and style by Martin Scorsese, marking a return to form for the pre-eminent director.

Hughes' life story gives ample material for an epic, a young man of enough privilege to indulge his ambition and perfectionism, firstly as a Hollywood director (see "Hell's Angels") then as a pioneering aviator and mogul, who then recanted from the limelight and developed obsessive-compulsive disorder. The astounding aviation sequences aside, this is less sketchy than a typical biopic, offering a satisfying narrative in the great tradition of the American mavericks who changed the world, while Di Caprio carries the film well enough ahead of an exemplary cast.

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DVD Features

DVD includes a History Channel doco about Howard Hughes.

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • 2-disc set

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