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Martin Scorsese (2011)

U Certificate


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Here are two firsts for director Martin Scorsese: a family film where the family in question isn't the Mafia, and his first use of 3D. In this adaptation of Brian Selznick's children's book, Asa Butterfield plays 12-year-old orphan Hugo Cabret, who lives within the walls of the Paris railway station in 1931. Chloë Grace Moretz is Isabelle, the girl he befriends in his bid to find bits and bobs for a mechanical man his late father has left him. But it's Isabelle's grandfather Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley) who takes centre stage as the film mutates, oddly but endearingly, into a tribute to a pioneer of early cinema. It's a subject close to cinephile Scorsese's heart, though it can feel a little indulgent and heavy for kids, with Sacha Baron Cohen's silly-voiced station inspector a jarring attempt to bridge the gap. But, as a crazy mix of Cinema Paradiso, Cronos and David Copperfield it's unusually stimulating family fare.


An orphan lives in the walls of a 1930s railway station, hiding from the inspector who would send him to an orphanage. He scours the station for parts to complete a clockwork robot belonging to his father, a quest which leads him to uncover a lonely shopkeeper's mysterious past. Martin Scorsese's family adventure, starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley.

Cast & Crew

Hugo Cabret Asa Butterfield
Georges Méliès Ben Kingsley
Station Inspector Sacha Baron Cohen
Isabelle Chloë Grace Moretz
Uncle Claude Ray Winstone
Lisette Emily Mortimer
Mama Jeanne Helen McCrory
Monsieur Labisse Christopher Lee
Rene Tabard Michael Stuhlbarg
Madame Emilie Frances de la Tour
Monsieur Frick Richard Griffiths
Hugo's father Jude Law
Photographer Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 Dec 2011

Childrens Drama

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