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November 5, 2009


I’m sure most people know that the movie Amelia, starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere, is the story of the famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart.  About all I knew about Earhart was that she disappeared in attempt to circumnavigate the globe, so I was fascinated with this movie.  I’m not sure how historically accurate the film is, but have looked up a few facts since seeing it, so I know that at least part of it is factual.

I realized that Amelia Earhart was a woman before her time but never knew how much she believed in women’s rights.  She was a pioneer for women in many ways.  I was surprised to learn that Earhart was married to a publisher (George Putnam), and of course, found this fascinating.   I won’t give away any more of the little details that were revealed in the movie because I think you should see it yourself.

There is some old black and white footage of Amelia Earhart inserted in Amelia in several places and it’s uncanny how much Hillary Swank resembles her.  Both Swank and Richard Gere do a great job in their roles.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, even though a few of the scenes were a little long.   I recommend this movie to anyone interested in history, aviation and women’s stories.

Can anyone recommend a great book about Amelia Earhart?

35 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2009 6:09 am

    It is good to have the feedback. I was not altogether sure if the Hilary Swank/Richard Gere thing would work…the trailer left me unsure. I think that Earhart is a fascinating character as well, but have read nothing about her. There has to be a worthy biography out there about her!

  2. November 5, 2009 6:24 am

    seems a awesome movie can’t wait till it premiere in portugal! definitely i will see it 😀

  3. November 5, 2009 6:25 am

    We saw the trailer in the theatre recently. Glad to hear it’s a good movie. I don’t have a biography to recommend but if I hear of one, I’ll let you know!

  4. November 5, 2009 6:42 am

    When I was young, Amelia Earhart was my heroine and I read every biography I could find on her, but I don’t recall that there were many. Then of course I wanted to fly as well, and tried to join the Civil Air Patrol, but at that time, I was told: no girls allowed! At least little girls these days won’t have that problem!

  5. November 5, 2009 6:44 am

    Never heard about this movie nor the real Amelia. But I love Hilary Swank so I’ll keep an eye out for this movie 🙂

  6. November 5, 2009 7:20 am

    I did not know Amelia Earhart was married to a publisher either – interesting.

  7. November 5, 2009 7:33 am

    Do you know if this movie was based on a book? Her life does sound fascinating!

  8. November 5, 2009 7:45 am

    This sounds like it will be a good movie. I don’t know anything about Amelia other than she was lost in an airplane. She does sound fascinating though to be such a pioneer in that field.

  9. November 5, 2009 7:48 am

    You see all the good movies, and read all the good books! I haven’t convinced my husband to go to the theater in about a year (missing, sadly, Julie and Julia on the big screen), but maybe, following this review, I can get him to go to this one.

    Thank you!

  10. November 5, 2009 8:26 am

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this movie. I probably won’t see it in the theaters, but it looks good.


  11. November 5, 2009 8:44 am

    I vaguely remember hearing about this movie. I can’t remember where I heard of it and it may just be something fiction but I could have sworn recently that there was a new break in her disappearance case. Maybe I’m just going crazy though…

  12. November 5, 2009 9:39 am

    Nice to know that you enjoyed the movie. Hope I get a chance to see it soon.

  13. November 5, 2009 10:12 am

    I didn’t know Amelia was married, period, let alone to a publisher. I’m glad you recommend the movie. I’d been debating whether to see it.

    Straight From Hel

  14. November 5, 2009 10:21 am

    I love the poster to this movie! It’s beautiful.

  15. November 5, 2009 10:33 am

    I’ve wanted to see this movie since I saw the trailer. Great review Kathy..I didn’t know she was married to a publisher either. It sounds like this movie will spark more interest in Amelia.

  16. November 5, 2009 10:45 am

    I really want to see this movie! I saw a documentary (more than once) about her and she was such an interesting woman. I can’t recommend any books though since I haven’t read any – but I’d be interested in a recommendation too!

  17. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 5, 2009 10:50 am

    It’s been many years since I read it, but I loved I was Amelia Earhart bu Mendelsohn. It’s a fictional account of what happened after what we know about her last flight. It’s a charming little novel.

  18. November 5, 2009 10:51 am

    My husband would enjoy this; I will have to reccommend it to him. He’s been asking if there are any good movies out right now. Thanks for your thoughts!

  19. November 5, 2009 11:34 am

    I really want to see this. Parts of it were actually filmed near to where I live, so even though I doubt you can really tell, I still want to see!

  20. November 5, 2009 12:03 pm

    I would love to watch this movie–I’m so impressed by women who fly! Thanks for your review.

  21. November 5, 2009 12:06 pm

    I would love to see this, but will probably have to wait a year for the DVD. Am fairly certain there’s a biography out there, but cannot remember what it’s called or who wrote it. Sorry.

  22. November 5, 2009 1:06 pm

    To be honest, I don’t know much about her. I’ll have to watch this when it comes out on DVD.

  23. November 5, 2009 1:48 pm

    I hope it’s more exciting than The Aviator, bc that one was BORING!

  24. November 5, 2009 3:25 pm

    It may be worth my time and money; thanks, Kathy.

  25. November 5, 2009 4:49 pm

    I’ve heard that the new book “The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart” by Mary S. Lovell is quite good. It came out in Sept of this year. Might be worth adding to the ever-growing TBR list!

  26. November 5, 2009 7:19 pm

    S co-worker saw this last weekend & he claims that this is the role Swank was born to play. Hopefully, I will see it soon.

  27. November 5, 2009 8:21 pm

    I didn’t know anything about this Lady at all. I will try and get this DVD here.

  28. November 5, 2009 8:34 pm

    I think Swank makes a perfect Amelia! I want to see this one!!

  29. November 5, 2009 9:30 pm

    I want to see the movie too. Amelia Earhart is on my list for the Literary Road Trip as she was born and raised in Kansas. She also wrote books.

  30. November 5, 2009 10:12 pm

    Amelia Earhart is one of my favorite people from history. She was so much her own person.

  31. November 6, 2009 4:42 am

    This is the first time I heard about this. I’m afraid I can’t help much with this…

  32. November 6, 2009 12:37 pm

    She was a pioneer in so many ways. I would be interested in a book also. Good review B!
    And yes, the resemblence is uncanny.

  33. November 6, 2009 7:41 pm

    Thanks for bringing this movie to my attention. My hubby and I were looking for a good movie to go watch, and this seems like such a good one, especially if Richard Gere is in it! 🙂

  34. December 3, 2009 3:48 pm

    As usual..I’m behind in reading my favorite blogs. I’m glad to know you enjoyed the movie though. I was interested in it, but not sure if it would be any good. I’m definitely be adding to my netflix list.

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