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Review of Amelia on DVD

10:26 PM


We watched a heartbreaking movie tonight.

It was "Amelia," the new movie about the life of Amelia Earhart, and it took me by surprise. Why? Well, it caused me to question a lot of things about women: what they can do, what they should do, and how far you should go to follow your dreams. The story presented in this movie was complex, as was the main character.

I loved many things about the movie, like how she did things with her own sense of style (or in this case her own sense of non-style. She wasn't a very stylish person, at all.) I learned a little about what it was like for a woman in that day: the politics and the changes.

Some things about the movie made me very uncomfortable: Amelia's somewhat non-committed marriage, her boyfriend, her insistence on doing everything her way, even when it was impractical or treacherous.

All in all, however, it was a great story. While I can't verify much of the historical accuracy, it did spur me on to learn more about this inquisitive character in America's history. (And Richard Gere, Hillary Swank, and Ewan McGregory were all very charming -- even as they were slightly disfunctional.)

Amelia left me teary, even though I knew how it would end. Her strange disappearance over the ocean didn't seem to do justice to the strong and complicated woman that led this film. I watched it with my 11-year-old daughter, and while she seemed to have many questions at first (especially regarding Amelia's somewhat tangled love life), she seemed to understand the importance that this woman made in history. For other women.. and for everyone.

Rated PG for some very mild language, a few romantic scenes (which were mild, as well), and a reference or two to drinking, it was not something you had to worry about showing the kids. Younger kids, however, will find it not entertaining enough to stick around for. (I'd say it will hold the attention of around 9 years and up.) A family-friendly drama, this picture from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will make a good way to spend an evening at your house. Check it out on Amazon (aff) or your favorite video retailer.

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We have 3 copies of this film to give away. To be entered, just comment on this post with why you think you might want to catch this flick! You have until February 27th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

* A DVD screener was provided for this review.



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158 comments

  1. I want to watch this flick because I love watching how the writers embellish the stories of history. For example, Titanic was amazing. It was history, yet the story they injected into it was awesome.

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  2. I saw the previews for this movie and I have been wanting to see it. Sounds like a good movie.

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  3. Largely because it was panned. It's a good movie - a bit self indulgent but a good movie. I'd like to support it by owning and reviewing a personal copy.

    And no, this is not annette bening.

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  4. I haven't seen this movie yet. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  5. My son is really into aviation,he might enjoy the historical elements of the movie.

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  6. I'm a history buff and love HIlary Swank so I can't wait to see it!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  7. 1] Because it is history
    2] love story involved
    3] Richard Gere, of course
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  8. I have really been wanting to see this!! Thanks for the chance.
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  9. I want to see this because I love historical movies.

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  10. I have always been interested in amelia Earhart, and I really like Hilary Swank as an actress. Thanks!

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  11. its mushy mverno@roadrunner.com

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  12. love to win this as i'm fascinated with ameia earhart

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  13. I enjoyed this movie and would love to own it. Amelia was a great feminist icon.

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    Because it's one of the few movies I missed in the theaters and I'd really like to see it.

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  15. because i wanted to see it in the movies and never got to it thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  16. I would like to see this because hillary swank is a great actress

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  17. Today's entry

    I wonder if there is a really great song in this movie. You know like Top Gun had Berlin's "Take My Breath Away". I am such a geek to care about movie soundtracks, right?

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  18. I know very little about Amelia Earhart but would like to know more.
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  19. I've heard such good things about this movie. Would love to see it!

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  20. I have always been a bit fascinated by the story of Amelia Earhart. The movie looks good and has a fantastic cast.

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  21. Today's Entry!

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  22. This was the right actress at the right time. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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  23. I love movies

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  24. I love movies about history.
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  25. It's an interesting story and I like Hilary Swank.

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  26. I've always admired strong women like Amelia Earheart who followed their bliss instead of the stereotypical roles so many women accept. This movie has a great cast, and I would love to watch it!

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  27. I want to see it because it has such a great cast. Richard Gere, Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor!!

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  28. love Richard Gere, like fine wine he's only getting better
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    I absolutely adore Hilary Swank and Richard Geer. I haven't seen this film yet and know they probably did a great job, but I wonder how this film would be with Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet. Those two will always be the IT couple for me.

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  30. I think Hilary Swank is a fantastic actress

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  31. Today's entry

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  32. I've always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart. I wanted to watch this movie when it first came out but haven't gotten to it yet.

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  33. Hubby and I need a new romance movie.

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  34. The only aspect of Amelia Earhart that I have known about is her flight and disappearance. It
    would be great to learn more
    about the person and her life!
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  35. I'd like to see this because I'm a history buff, so I always enjoy movies that are based on historic events. smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  36. I've always been curious about what happened to her. Not that the movie answers that but it would be interesting to see more about her life.

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  37. I would love to learn more about Amelia Earhart!

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  38. I like the vast array of characters Hillary Swank has played so I'd love to see this movie.
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  39. As a young missionary pilot(for a short time) I read alot about Amelia. I would like to see the movie and see how it coinsides with what I learned and loved about her. Probably there is alot of theatrical license when it comes to the real Amelia. Richard Gere and Hilary Swank are the perfect pair to do the film. I admire Hilary as she stands up for what she believes in and has worked hard to get to be recognized as a gifted artist in her field.

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  40. I'd like to win because I've always been interested in Amelia. This movie looks so good! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  41. I'd like to win because I haven't seen this but know from past movies that it's hard to go wrong when Hilary Swank is involved!

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  42. because I love Hilary Swank!
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  43. two words, Richard Gere, is it just me or is he just getting better with age?
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  44. I wanted to see this movie since it came out and I missed it.

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  45. I'd like to win this movie because it looks like a good movie.

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  47. It looks cute, and I'm a sucker for romance!

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  49. I want to win this because I LOVE Richard Gere. Thanks!

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  50. Looks like a great movie. Susan

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  51. I would love to see this, love Richard;}

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  52. I like Hilary Swank, and have heard good things about this movie.

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  53. read great things and we did not get to see it at the theater
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  54. Today's Entry!

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  55. "Today's Entry!"
    Thanks very much.....Cindi
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  56. I always found the Amelia Earhart story interesting

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  57. Today's Entry!
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  58. Today's entry:

    I wonder what an actress must think when she is told she has to cute her hair of so short or even shave it like Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. What must be even a bigger shocker is being told to gain 50 pounds like Charlize had to do for her roll as a miner chick.

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  59. 2 words ... Richard Gere, nuf said
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  60. I would love to see this because it looked really good from the previews. I would love to learn more about what compelled this woman to achieve what she did.
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  61. I've always been interested in knowing more about Amelia. I was fascinated about her since I was a young girl and would like to have this movie in my collection.

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  62. Today's entry!
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  63. Today's entry

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  64. "Today's Entry!"
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  66. I need a good flim for my daughter and I to watch on a rainy weekend
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  67. todays entry, still hoping to get to try these out
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  68. Because Hilary Swank is a goddess!
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  69. Today's Entry!

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  70. Today's entry.
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  71. Today's entry

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. Today's Entry!

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  75. I would love to win this movie, as I haven't seen it yet but have heard great reviews.

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  76. I'd like to see this because Hilary Swank is an amazing actress.
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  77. this is todays entry, thank you
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  79. Richard Gere, Hillary Swank, and Ewan McGregory are all talented actors whose work I admire. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this film. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  80. I think I would like to see this because Hillary Swank has never let me down in a movie

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  81. Looks very interesting, I would love to watch this, thanks for the chance!

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  82. always been fascinated with earhart and a fan of hillary! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  84. I have been wanting to see this I think would enjoy watching it with my 11 year old daughter and that she would learn some history also lezanac@yahoo.com

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  85. I'm always up for a Richard Gere film :)

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  88. I've always found Amelia interesting I think this would be a great movie to watch.
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  89. I enjoy the direction of Mira Nair.

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  90. The lady led somewhat of an immoral life

    I want to see if the movie fits the facts.

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  92. I really like the history aspect, and I like the actors.

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  93. The commercials intrigued me and I don't know her whole story, but would like to learn more.

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  94. Today's Entry!

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  95. We would love this because we went to the Smitsonian this summer and we saw her planes. The children were very inquisitive during the trip and wanted to learn more. Thank you

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  97. Today's entry.

    Did you know the name Amelia means hard working? Amelia Earhart definitely knew a thing or two about hard work. She worked hard to be known as a woman of strength.

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  98. I am a hilliary swank fan and I really want to see this

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  99. I remember reading about Amelia Earhart as a kid and have always been fascinated by her life.

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  100. I had wanted to see this in the theater and missed it!

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  101. I might want to catch this flick because I've heard good reviews about it.

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  102. I have a tween daughter who wants to see it, and I like the story, so I'd like to see it too. Thanks for the cool review.

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  103. I'd like to see it because it has great actors

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  104. Id like to learn more about this historical figure by watching this movie!


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  105. i want to see this as it is a Mystery as to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and where did she actually disappear

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  106. I want to watch Amelia because I have always been fascinated by this unconventional woman. I would love to learn more about her. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  108. I have always wanted to know more about Amelia and this movie has wonderful actors!
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  110. I like Hilary Swank and Richard Gere and movies based on history.

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  111. this looks really good and id love to see it hillary swank is an awesome actress.

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  112. Nice picture. I like good pictures

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  113. I want to see this because I've always been interested in her life. She was such a unique person and I want to see how her story has been interpreted for film.

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  114. I would love to see this because I missed it when it was in theaters and it looks really good! Plus, Hilary Swank and Richard Gere are great actors!

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  115. I'd like to catch this flick because my sister tells me it is a good movie. So, I love to win to be able to see for myself and to pass it along. Thanks!

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  117. I would love to win this thank you for the chance fancyfeet45@earthlink.net

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  118. ][I would like to add this to my collection.
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  119. I would like to win this. Thanks for the chance.

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