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Amelia

Christopher Eccleston , Richard Gere , Mira Nair    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Eccleston, Richard Gere, Ewan Mcgregor, Elizabeth Shepherd, Hilary Swank
  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English, Spanish, Russian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Russian, Spanish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Kazakh, Portuguese, Ukrainian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KXD72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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la storia della vita di amelia earhart, giovane pioniera dell'aviazione che scomparve mentre stava sorvolando l'oceano pacifico nel 1937 nel tentativo di compiere un giro intorno al mondo.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice aeroplane, boring story 9 Dec 2010
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Hilary Swank is wonderful in the title role, and the aeroplanes sequences are stunning (very little computer generated images, unlike Pearl Harbour for example). And the other actors are great on their own. But the movie just doesn't come together as a whole.

The story is based on the real life of Amelia Earhart which is well known and full of drama. Yet Hollywood (again) has managed to produce a story that is at times.... boring.

Worth watching just for the aircraft and Hilary Swank's uncanny recreation of Amelia (compared to old newreel footage -- you have to look hard to see the difference). But a shame the personal relationships could not have been more believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amelia 14 July 2010
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Prior to watching this film I fully admit that I didn't know a great deal about the life and work of Amelia Earhart apart from the most basic facts, so I was grateful that this film filled in some of the gaps. Hilary Swank was her usual brilliant self and I have to admire the fact that she seems to fully inhabit every character she plays. Richard Gere as her publisher husband George Putnam was also impressive. However, the much lauded 'love triangle' was somewhat of a damp squib as there didn't appear to be a great deal of chemistry between Swank and Ewan McGregor, playing her lover Gene Vidal, who seemed to be replicating his character in 'Down with Love' a little too much for my taste.

That being said, it's a very watchable film and made me want to know more about the various conspiracy theories surrounding Earhart's disappearance. It was also interesting to see the origins of author and playwright Gore Vidal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I missed 10 Dec 2012
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This DVD, as the title indicates is about a person. I was hoping for more airplane an technical footage, but that was not what the title said, so I can't complain. There was a hint at one point about competition among female aviators like Jacqueline Cochran, (a friend of Amelia Earhart) Harriet Quimby and Bessie Coleman, but not developed. No one can please everyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Romance of Flight.... 19 May 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
One can't but help that feel that this a movie about romance; the love affair between Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) and the freedom of flight and flying plus the romantic interludes with her husband, George Putnam (a bespectacled Richard Gere).

There is also the motive of a woman, fighting so hard in a man's world, none more so than in aviation - and succeeding. Romantic comedy director, Mira Nair, most famous for Monsoon Wedding is the unlikely choice to take the reigns here.

Unfortunately, for my eyes and ears, it's just too soft, both in its narrative focus and its substance. Predictable and to a certain extent, even though we might not know her actual story, we can guess it, until at which point comes the 'biggy', it's an anti-climax and too late to save the movie.

The role of Earhart might not have had the juicy possibilities of Oscar standard acting as Swank's two Academy wins and thus, the persona she projects just doesn't seem to tie in with what we would expect a maverick and pioneer to be - and need to be like to simply get on with their venture.

Richard Gere is O.K., in a role that again just seems too obliging and mushy. Brits in major roles, Christopher Eccleston as Fred Noonan, who, if I recall plays an American pilot who liked a guzzle of booze too often and was Earhart's co-pilot on the her last flight and higher billed, Ewan McGregor. He plays Gene Vidal, father of Gore and with whom Earhart has an extra-marital 'jaunt' with. McGregor is unusually forgettable in the role and I already can't quite remember all that the pair did.

Hollywood did films like these (admittedly with men, all round) which were a dime a dozen, in the 50's & 60's - and they had bite and a sense of heroic purpose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but that's it. 2 Sep 2010
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Being a fan of Hilary Swank and a plane 'anorak' I was looking forward to this. However, although it was enjoyable enough to watch it lacked any real spark. Seemed more like a Discovery 'faction' documentary than a movie drama.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the critics reviewed it. 5 May 2010
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Not a bad movie - it works fairly well and does tell her story quite well.
A little disjointed and the characters could have been a little more developed but not a bad film.
What I did like was the last section which dealt with her final flight , told simply and directly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact,but some fiction 12 Feb 2011
By LJDIMES
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Having read a lot about Amelia Earhart, I bought this DVD in the hope that it accurately followed the life of her and George Putnam. I thought that Hilary Swank and Richard Gere were perfectly cast as the charismatic pair. I would liked to have seem some of her earlier life portrayed as she was, indeed, an aviator of some very considerable talent, knocking up many records even before she met Putnam. With his backing, she became the first woman(albeit accompanied) to cross the Atlantic in 1928, a year after Lindberg's solo flight. Little is also made of her solo Atlantic flight,which was exactly five years after Lindberg, a clever promotional move by the ever resourceful Putman.

Although the film is quite solid in it's factuality (in particular the end of her world flight in which I believe the dialogue between her and the operators at Howland Island is verbatim), it is a pity that part of it dwelt on her romantic relationship with Gene Vidal. This is based on rumour and, as is other tales of her relationships, has never been verified.
On the whole the film is still, however, good viewing.
If you want to know more, I highly recommend "The Sound of Wings" by Mary S Lovell, which is a very well researched and written biography of George Putnam as well as Amelia.
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