Our theatrical film for this month, AMELIA, has opened as anticipated in wide release. So you may choose from several theaters when you view it. We have a whole month to see it, but per usual, do not wait until the last minute. This film has already generated Oscar buzz. The theater times this week are:
THE GRAND THEATER: (4:05pm), 6:30pm, 8:55pm.
REGAL SOUTH HILL MALL 6: (12:40pm), 3:40pm, 7:10pm, 9:50pm.
REGAL AUBURN STADIUM 17: (11:25am), 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:20pm, 10:05pm.
REGAL LAKEWOOD 15 on 84th Street in Tacoma: (11:50am), 2:30, 5:20, 7:55, 10:35.
Amelia stars Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviatrix and enigmatic symbol of the American free spirit, who was guided by a profound curiosity for everything life had to offer. Earhart’s early aviation triumphs and meteoric rise to fame and fortune were propelled along by her tempestuous partnership and eventual marriage to publisher George Putnam (Richard Gere) Bound by mutual ambition, admiration and, ultimately a great love, their bond could not be broken even with her brief passionate affair with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). Ms. Earhart was the first woman to solo the Atlantic and was the first pilot, man or woman, to fly unaccompanied across the Pacific. In Amelia’s attempt to be the first to fly around the world in an equatorial flight her life was tragically cut short with her mysterious and untimely disappearance over the South Pacific in 1937.
“Hilary Swank’s depiction of aviator Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair’s biographical film “Amelia” is of a high order. It ranks with recent real-life portrayals of Ray Charles by Jamie Foxx and Truman Capote by Philip Seymour Hoffman and could be similarly awards-bound.” Read more of Ray Bennett’s rave review in the Hollywood Reporter.
AMELIA (2009) Directed by Mira Nair @ 111 minutes.
The film stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, and Christopher Eccleston. Synopsis: “ A look at the life of legendary American pilot, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world; the aviatrix was an enigmatic symbol the American free spirit—guided by a profound curiosity for everything life had to offer.” The screenplay is based on three books: Susan Butler’s EAST TO THE DAWN, Mary Lovell’s THE SOUND OF THE WINGS, and Elgin Long’s AMELIA EARHART: The Mystery Solved. On FANDANGO it was written, “After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was thrust into a new role as America’s Sweetheart—the legendary “goddess of light”, known for her boldness, and her larger-than-life charisma.” Tagline: “Defying the Impossible! Living the Dream!”
- Gene Vidal (played by Ewan McGregor), who was widely assumed to have had a romantic relationship with Earhart as depicted in this movie, had only one child, Gore Vidal (played by William Cuddy). Gore eventually grew up to become quite a celebrity himself as a controversial but successful author, screenwriter and political activist.
- The movie shows Earhart finishing third in the first Santa Monica-to-Cleveland Women’s Air Derby in 1929, but does not explain why. At the last stop before the final leg of the race to Cleveland, Earhart and her friend Ruth Nichols were tied for first. Nichols took off right before Earhart, but her aircraft clipped a tractor on the runway and flipped over. Instead of taking off, Earhart ran to Ruth’s plane to drag her to safety. After Earhart was sure that Nichols was not seriously hurt, she took off for Cleveland but finished third largely due to her delayed takeoff.
For those who are interested in another film version of Amelia’s story, hunt up the VHS copy of AMELIA EARHART: THE FINAL FLIGHT (1994), starring Diane Keaton, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Dern, and Paul Guilfoyle.