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Hugo (2011)

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In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

John Logan (screenplay by), Brian Selznick (based on the book entitled "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by)
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 187 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Station Inspector
Asa Butterfield ... Hugo Cabret
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Isabelle
Ray Winstone ... Uncle Claude
Emily Mortimer ... Lisette
Christopher Lee ... Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory ... Mama Jeanne
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Rene Tabard
Frances de la Tour ... Madame Emilie
Richard Griffiths ... Monsieur Frick
Jude Law ... Hugo's Father
Kevin Eldon ... Policeman
Gulliver McGrath ... Young Tabard
Shaun Aylward ... Street Kid
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Storyline

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. Written by napierslogs

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Discover the Key to the Mystery. See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,364,505, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:

$73,864,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,770,160
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Hugo is seen for the last time, he has just done a card trick and is showing off the three of clubs, which is always "your card" in card tricks by Penn and Teller. See more »

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The story is set in Paris, yet the characters all have English accents. See more »

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Isabelle: [reading from "The Invention of Dreams"] "The filmmaker Georges Méliès was one of the first to realize that - films had the power - to capture dreams."
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There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »

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References The Cameraman (1928) See more »

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Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire: Manière de Commencement (Allez Modérément)
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Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A fantasy, a children's dream, and a very adult appreciation of a brilliant filmmaker
24 March 2012 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Hugo (2011)

This would have been my vote for Best Picture for 2011, especially if you limit the voting to nostalgic visions of silver screen history. This sort of does exactly what "The Artist" does, paying loving homage to early movies, "Hugo" is so much more imaginative, filmed with overflowing ingenuity and fluidity (it is a Scorsese movie I know), and it pays respects more directly and beautifully.

Yes, this really is a love letter to the first decade of mature movies before "Birth of a Nation" and full feature films. Here we rediscover the short cinematic (very cinematic) inventions of French filmmaker Georges Melies. Never heard of him? Well, that's why you should see this movie. At times it almost plays like a fabulous documentary (to its detriment as a movie, but to the benefit of Melies), so you do learn quite a lot about this man. And it's mostly accurate. Things that get stretched for the sake of the movie are reasonable enough.

(By the way, a little known reference to Melies, charming and beautifully done, occurs in the otherwise flawed "Klimt" and is worth watching just for those scenes.)

There is a feeling that this is a children's adventure, but even more than "Where the Wild Things Are," this is a movie for adults, and kind of about adults, too. The two leading kids--a girl and a boy--are terrific but in that child actor way where they fill their roles perfectly (not like, say, the slightly older Judy Garland in "Wizard of Oz"). The adults are not quite caricatures, and make the film have a lot of depth, but they are kept in check by the children's storytelling aspect to the whole enterprise.

Whatever the limitations there, it's the filming, the sets and costumes and moving camera and special effects, always kept in check, that make the movie special. If you are interested in the also-rans of the Oscar season, this is the first to see. If you want to just have an enjoyable bit of escapist and light hearted filmmaking, this is a must. And if you are curious about Melies, there is no better place to start.


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