The Aviator

Character: Howard Hughes
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: John Logan
Produced by: Chris Brigham
Other cast: Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Kelli Garner, Brent Spiner, Willem Dafoe
Release date: December 25, 2004
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Running time: 2h 50min

One of the 20th century’s most compelling figures, Howard Hughes was a wily industrialist, glamorous movie producer and an unstoppable American innovator — but he thought of himself first and foremost as an aviator. In this spectacular epic, director Martin Scorsese focuses on the most prolific period in the life of Hughes (played by Best Actor Golden Globe® Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio): the mid-1920s through the 1940s. It was a time of brilliant aeronautical invention, turbulent love affairs (including one with Katharine Hepburn, played by Cate Blanchett) and savage corporate battles. Prepare yourself for the ride of the lifetime of this billionaire, genius, madman.

About Howard Hughes

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American aviator, industrialist, film producer and director, philanthropist, and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He gained fame in the late 1920s as a maverick film producer, making big budget and often controversial films like Hell’s Angels, Scarface, and The Outlaw. As an aviator, Hughes set multiple world air-speed records (for which he won many awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal), built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 “Hercules” aircraft, and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines. Hughes is remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hughes’ legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He remains one of the most influential aviators in history.



The two-disc DVD release of “The Aviator” will inspire with bonus features including:

Disc 1:

  • Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese

    Disc 2:

    • Deleted scene: Howard Tells Ava About His Car Accident
    • A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator
    • The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History
    • Modern Marvels: Howard Hughes, A Documentary by the History Channel
    • The Visual Effects of The Aviator
    • The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • The Age of Glamour: The Hair And Makeup of The Aviator
    • Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy Powell
    • Constructing The Aviator: The Work of Dante Ferretti
    • An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda
    • OCD Panel Discussion With Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Howard Hughes’ Widow Terry Moore
    • Still Gallery
    • Scoring The Aviator: The Work Of Howard Shore
    • The Wainwright Family – Loudon, Rufus and Martha


Track Listing:

  • Shake That Thing – Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
  • I Can`t Give You Anything But Love – Django Reinhardt
  • Ain`t Cha Glad – David Johansen
  • Nightmare – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  • Stardust – Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
  • Do I Worry? – The Ink Spots
  • I`ll Be Seeing You – Martha Wainwright
  • Back Beat Boogie – Harry James & His Orchestra
  • Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  • Howard Hughes – Leadbelly
  • I`ll Build A Stairway To Paradise – Rufus Wainwright
  • Somebody Stole My Gal – Original Memphis Five
  • Fireworks – Original Memphis Five
  • Yellow Dog Blues – Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
  • Thanks – Bing Crosby/Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra
  • Happy Feet – The Manhattan Rhythm Kings
  • After You`ve Gone – Loudon Wainwright III
  • Moonglow – Benny Goodman