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Hugo [2011]

Director:Martin Scorsese
Writer:John Logan
Composer:Howard Shore
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret, who lives in the walls of a train station, is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Reaction: Beautifully made ode to classic cinema.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Martin Scorsese => Director / Photographer (uncredited)
John Logan => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
Angus Barnett => Theatre Manager
Asa Butterfield => Hugo Cabret
Ben Kingsley => Georges Méliès
Brian Selznick => Party Guest (uncredited)
Chloë Grace Moretz => Isabelle
Christopher Lee => Monsieur Labisse
Emily Mortimer => Lisette
Frances de la Tour => Madame Emilie
Francesca Scorsese => Child at Café
Frederick Warder => Arabian Knight
Helen McCrory => Mama Jeanne
Jude Law => Hugo's Father
Michael Stuhlbarg => Rene Tabard
Ray Winstone => Uncle Claude
Richard Griffiths => Monsieur Frick
Robert Gill => James Joyce
Sacha Baron Cohen => Station Inspector

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jude Law (Hugo's father) only appears on-screen for three minutes.
  • Martin Scorsese and Sir Christopher Lee were very good friends, but up until 2010, had never worked together. Lee's response when he was asked by Scorsese to appear in Hugo was: "It's about time!"
  • After a screening that James Cameron attended, he called this movie a "masterpiece", and told Director Martin Scorsese it was the best use of 3-D he had seen, including his own movies.
  • While much of the magic performed is period appropriate, there are a few pieces in this movie which are modern adaptations of classic pieces. The rising card is one of these pieces. It was created and performed on stage by [?] Howard Thurston in the early 1900s. The technology to perform it close-up, with the aid of invisible thread, was not available until the 1960s, and was popularized by magician [?] Fred Kaps.
  • Martin Scorsese's first theatrical movie in twelve years not starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His last theatrical movie without DiCaprio was Bringing Out the Dead (1999).
  • Sir Ben Kingsley based his characterization of [?] Georges Méliès on Martin Scorsese.
  • With Sir Christopher Lee having been born in 1922, makes him the only supporting actor to have lived in the age this movie is set: 1931.
  • When Martin Scorsese decided to adapt The Invention of Hugo Cabret, his first and only choice to portray [?] Georges Méliès was Sir Ben Kingsley.
  • Martin Scorsese's first PG rated movie in eighteen years. His first was The Age of Innocence (1993).
  • When Brian Selznick heard that Martin Scorsese wanted to adapt his book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", into a movie, Brian Selznick said, of course it has to be directed by Martin Scorsese.
  • Martin Scorsese sent Screenwriter John Logan the book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. When John Logan began reading the book, he completely understood why Martin Scorsese was interested in adapting it.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen said the reason he agreed to appear in this movie was because he wanted to work with Martin Scorsese.
  • Hugo also gave director Martin Scorsese the opportunity to make reference to his passion for film preservation and restoration. Scorcese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of classic cinema.