|Starring:||Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Eccleston, Virginia Madsen, Joe Anderson, Aaron Abrams|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Based on a True Story|
|Run time:||1 hour 51 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Mar 2010|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Hilary Swank soars as the legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart.
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superb............................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 09 Nov 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]I have always been fascinated by the Amelia Earhart story, and this film is centred around Amelia Earhart's ill-fated attempt to fly around the world in 1937 with flashbacks to her introduction to flying and her burst into worldwide fame. It starts from her early years when Amelia was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade is gradually unfolded in her quest to be able to fly free as a bird above the clouds.
Richard Gere plays publisher George Putnam who promoted her flights and became her very understanding husband.
Amelia falls into an awkward love affair with pilot and future Federal aviation administrator Gene Vidal during the course of the film who is played superbly by Ewan McGregor.
Very much her own woman, Amelia Earhart not only paved the way for female aviators but helped drive the development of aviation at large.
In the process, she became one of the first celebrities to create a major marketing bandwagon with her name slapped on many household products.
The business of flying in those days was very dangerous and the film does a good job of creating suspense during Amelia Earhart's last flight. Christopher Eccleston is great as her navigator Fred Noonan.
Well worth watching !!
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Slow flyerBy Deebee2 (10 reviews) from Grimsby , 11 Jan 2013This is a nicely filmed period biography, with a stellar cast,that due to its subject matter and feisty heroine should have been so much better. It is very slow and episodic and I found my attention wandering throughout.
Women's Lib and FlyingBy a customer , 17 Jan 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI found this film quite boring unfortunately. I expected it to be really good so I think that's why I was so disappointed.
I was so bored that I had to watch it twice because I fell asleep the first time through!
I enjoyed the portrayal of the historical part of the story and the feisty women though.
Sadly lacking, not their faultBy Jeremiaz (18 reviews) from London , 31 Aug 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]I would really have loved to love this film. Faithful treatment with quality cast and fine filming about an extraordinary woman, but in the end long distance flying is just as boring when done by a heroine it would seem.
Doesn't make it off the runwayBy CabinFever (7 reviews) , 10 Jul 2011This was a non-starter from the off. If you are interested in old aircraft, trail-blazers, air pioneers etc then get yourself a good book instead - this film wont do it for you
Amelia True StoryBy cdot (43 reviews) , 28 Jun 2011I just love true stories and this did not disappoint. Hilary Swank was brill as Amelia and even looked like her. Very entertaining. It was also good to see the real Amelia footage at the end of film. Well worth a watch.