Martin Scorsese (2011)

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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
Isabelle Chloe Grace Moretz
Georges Ben Kingsley
Station inspector Sacha Baron Cohen
Hugo's father Jude Law
Uncle Claude Ray Winstone
Lisette Emily Mortimer
M Labisse Christopher Lee
M Frick Richard Griffiths
Director Martin Scorsese
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Dec 2011
Children's Drama