On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) and her navigator, Fred Noonan (Christopher Eccleston), are on the last leg of an around-the-world flight. Moving in vignettes from her early years when Earhart was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade gradually unfolds. As a young woman, she is recruited by publishing tycoon and eventual husband George Putnam (Richard Gere) to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, albeit as a passenger. Taking command of the flight results in a success and she is thrust into the limelight as the most famous woman pilot of her time. Putnam helps Earhart write a book chronicling the flight, much like his earlier triumph with Charles Lindbergh's We, gradually falling in love with his charge, and they eventually marry, although she enacts a "cruel" pledge as her wedding contract. Embarrassed that her fame was not earned, Earhart commences to set a myriad of aviation records, and then recreates her earlier transatlantic flight, becoming the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Throughout a decade of notoriety, Earhart falls into an awkward love affair with pilot and future Federal aviation administrator Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor), but is drawn back to her husband on the eve of her last momentous flight, a round the world circumnavigation that is fraught with perils. Earhart's first attempt ends in a fiery crash in Hawaii, forcing her to take the repaired Lockheed Model 10 Electra "Flying Laboratory" in a reverse direction, leaving the lengthy transpacific crossing at the end of her flight. Setting out to refuel at tiny Howland Island, radio transmissions between USCGC Itasca, a Coast Guard picket ship, and Earhart's aircraft reveal a rising crisis, as her fuel begins to run out. Her last message is a cryptic position report that the Coast Guard radio operators realize is not of sufficient length to provide a "fix". Earhart and Noonan continue to fly on, as the story ends.

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Amelia (2009)

PG

Romance/Drama · 1h 51m · 10/23/2009

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The Legend. The Love. The Mystery.

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On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) and her navigator, Fred Noonan (Christopher Eccleston), are on the last leg of an around-the-world flight. Moving in vignettes from her early years when Earhart was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade gradually unfolds. As a young woman, she is recruited by publishing tycoon and eventual husband George Putnam (Richard Gere) to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, albeit as a passenger. Taking command of the flight results in a success and she is thrust into the limelight as the most famous woman pilot of her time. Putnam helps Earhart write a book chronicling the flight, much like his earlier triumph with Charles Lindbergh's We, gradually falling in love with his charge, and they eventually marry, although she enacts a "cruel" pledge as her wedding contract. Embarrassed that her fame was not earned, Earhart commences to set a myriad of aviation records, and then recreates her earlier transatlantic flight, becoming the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Throughout a decade of notoriety, Earhart falls into an awkward love affair with pilot and future Federal aviation administrator Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor), but is drawn back to her husband on the eve of her last momentous flight, a round the world circumnavigation that is fraught with perils. Earhart's first attempt ends in a fiery crash in Hawaii, forcing her to take the repaired Lockheed Model 10 Electra "Flying Laboratory" in a reverse direction, leaving the lengthy transpacific crossing at the end of her flight. Setting out to refuel at tiny Howland Island, radio transmissions between USCGC Itasca, a Coast Guard picket ship, and Earhart's aircraft reveal a rising crisis, as her fuel begins to run out. Her last message is a cryptic position report that the Coast Guard radio operators realize is not of sufficient length to provide a "fix". Earhart and Noonan continue to fly on, as the story ends.

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Language

English

Countries

United States, Canada

Production Companies

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Avalon Pictures

Budget

$40,000,000

Revenue

$19,600,000
Part Of
Cast
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Hilary Swank

Amelia Earhart
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Richard Gere

George Putnam
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Ewan McGregor

Gene Vidal
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Christopher Eccleston

Fred Noonan
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Joe Anderson

Bill Stultz
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Cherry Jones

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Mia Wasikowska

Elinor Smith
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Aaron Abrams

Slim Gordon
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Dylan Roberts

Leo Bellarts
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Scott Yaphe

William Dalten
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Tom Fairfoot

Balfour
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Ryann Shane

Young Amelia
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William Cuddy

Gore Vidal
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Elizabeth Shepherd

Frances Putnam
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Richard Donat

Gallagher
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Scott Anderson

Parade Reporter
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Sarah Kitz

George's Secretary
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Keelin Jack

Student
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Jeremy Akerman

Sheriff
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Derek Keurvorst

Minister
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Thomas Hauff

Man at Opera House
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Sarah Dood

1st Woman at Opera
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Danielle Bourgon

2nd Woman at Opera
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Hamish McEwan

Paul
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Michael James Daly

Frank Cipriani (as Michael Daly)
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Jeffrey Knight

Commander Thompson
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Paul Johnston

Thomas O'Hare
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Michael Richard

Reporter #1
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Daniel Janks

Reporter #2
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Ron Smerczak

Reporter #3
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Kerin McCue

Movie Tone Announcer
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Richard Lothian

Coastguard Man
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Divine Brown

Torch Singer
Person Photo

Elizabeth Saunders

Louise Thaden
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Precious Chong

Gladys O'Donnell
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Kathryn Haggis

Powder Puff Aviator
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Duane Murray

Cleveland Reporter
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Joe Renzi

Welsh Singer
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Geoff Gillespie

Welsh Singer
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Andrea Ciacci

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Julia Juhas

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Alexandra MacLean

Commodification Montage Dancer (as Alexandra Maclean)
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Kristen Munro

Commodification Montage Dancer (as Kristen Munroe)
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Eva Redpath

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Jamie Holmes

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Brittany Gray

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Karissa Strain

Commodification Montage Dancer
Person Photo

Katie Strain

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Valerie Saija

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Nina Strazzulla

Commodification Montage Dancer
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Leanne Melissa Bishop

Amelia's Make-up Artist (uncredited)
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Glen Brough

Reporter (uncredited)
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Jimmy Byron

Charlie (uncredited)
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Amelia Earhart

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Gillian Ferrier

Student (uncredited)
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Jay House

Reporter (uncredited)
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Michael Malott

Constitution Hall Announcer (uncredited)
Crew
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Mira Nair

Director
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Ronald Bass

Writer
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Anna Hamilton Phelan

Writer
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Susan Butler

Writer
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Mary S. Lovell

Writer
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Lee Percy

Editor
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Allyson C. Johnson

Editor
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Gabriel Yared

Music
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Stuart Dryburgh

Cinematograpy
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Lydia Dean Pilcher

Producer
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Nigel Churcher

Art
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Ted Waitt

Producer
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Kevin Hyman

Producer
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Disc Releases
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Amelia

(Blu-ray)

2/2/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(DVD)

10/23/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(Blu-ray)

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/2/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

(DVD)

4/8/2003

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(DVD)

2/2/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(Blu-ray)

2/2/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

Amelia

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

2/2/2010

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