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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Jack Warden, Sam Wanamaker, Scott Wilson
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: Ernest K. Gann, Marc Norman
  • Producers: Dan Tana, Mace Neufeld, Thomas H. Brodek
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792836626
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Reeve (Superman) and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) star in this thrilling post-World War I drama about survival, romance and the resilience of the human spirit. Co-starring Oscar(r) nominee* Jack Warden (The Replacements) and Tyne Daly ("Judging Amy"), The Aviator soars with adventure. As a solo pilot for the nation's newly-formed airmail service, Edgar Anscombe (Reeve), a man haunted by a tragic memory, has made a career of keeping tohimself over the years. But one day he's unexpectedly assigned an involuntary passenger: the rebellious and outspoken Tillie Hansen (Arquette), whose unrelenting impudence drives Edgar crazy! But when their plane is forced to crash-land in a rugged and desolate mountain canyon, the unlikely companions find they have only one source of hope against the excruciating elements, the savage wilderness and a pack of hungry wolves: each other! *Supporting Actor, Heaven Can Wait (1978); Shampoo (1975)

Customer Reviews

Christopher Reeve is outstanding, which is no big surprise.
Robert E. Mauger
Taken from the story by Ernest Gann this is probably about as good an adaptation as could be hoped for.
gtoherder
After the plane crashes the movie only has the two actors fighting with one another.
D. Fuller

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on October 13, 2004
Format: DVD
When former WWI pilot instructor Christopher Reeve crashes his biplane with Rosanna Arquette aboard, it is more than a matter of survivial. Arquette plays a spoiled society girl that happened to need a ride so bad she paid to ride with his mail run. When they crash in the mountains it is a test of personalities as well as survival. Reeve and Arquette are great. Although not as much fun as "High Road To China", it is still a great movie. Fans of Christopher Reeve should definitely get it. This is ninety-seven minutes of survival and relationships training. Reeve's and Arquette do such a good job in their roles of pilot and society girl that you will wonder why you hadn't heard of this movie before. I highly recommend it. The picture and sound quality are excellent. To bad it doesn't include any commentary or documentary. It is still worth adding to your DVD collection. One of my favorite Christopher Reeve movies. I had not heard of it before I saw it in a store. I bought it as a gamble and it paid off. Get it whether you are a fan of Reeve's, Arquette's, airplanes, survival shows, or just good movies.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you're a Christopher Reeve fan, you'll like this movie. If not, then you're in for just another "surviving-in-the-wilderness" tale of an American mail pilot in one of the last days of flying before pilots actually carried passengers. Reeve does a good job of portraying Edgar, a former WW1 flight instructor who's trying to overcome the scars of the death of a student. He crashes in the mountains in the midst of a mail run with a brat of a girl played by Arquette. Surviving with little food, plagued by the cold, hunger and a pack of mean wolves, Reeve triumphes in the end. You didn't expect anything less of Superman now didja?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wilson on March 10, 2010
Format: DVD
The year 1985 was not that long ago, and yet, after watching "The Aviator" for the first time since its theatrical release, I realized it could just as well have been 100 years. It's such an old-fashioned film, the kind they don't make anymore. Period films, adventure films, wilderness survival films - you name it - "The Aviator" feels like it's from another dimension. It wears these sensibilities on its sleeve, and for that one must give it a grudging nod of respect.

Director George Miller, who just a few years prior had piloted the surprising box office sleeper The Man From Snowy River, another work cut from old-fashioned cloth, purposefully sets the tone during the opening credits. We are shown pseudo snapshots of an antique shaving kit, a period water faucet, a dusty book, and we realize this is a tribute to an era when Cary Grant, John Wayne or even Errol Flynn were the kings of adventure cinema. What better actor to take on such lofty heights than Superman - The Movie himself Christopher Reeve? He's up to the task - for the most part - and gives one of his better performances of an all-too-short career.

He plays a 1920's pilot working for the U.S. Post Office. He's a surly loner, carrying the scars of a tragic crash from World War I. Every one wishes to be his friend, including the lovely Rose (Marcia Strassman), but he stares at the floor and essentially says, "I don't deserve love." He's forced to fly a wealthy teenager, the spoiled and troubled Tillie, across the mountains to Seattle.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on May 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Christopher Reeve plays an airmail pilot who has to carry a passenger. Rosanna Arquette is that passenger and she is a spoiled teenager being sent away to live with relatives because she has "disgraced the family". The two take an instant diliking to each other. The situation changes, though, when their plane crashes in the mountains and it looks like they are about to become Purina Wolf Chow.

Both of the characters are changed by their ordeal. He learns to put away some of the baggage from surviving a training flight 10 years earlier. She matures without losing her independant mindset and outspoken ways. Their crash, fight for survival and trek through the mountains makes them put their differences aside and depend on each other.

This film is certainly not the best survival film nor is it the best plane crash movie nor does it even approach being a great love story. It is, however, well done and entertaining. Fans of Christopher Reeve will enjoy it as will fans of Rosanna Arquette. It is a good movie even if it is not a great one.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marlin Lee on April 19, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The plot of this survival movie is adequate. But where the movie really shines is in the relationship between Reeve and Arquette and the changes they inspire in each other. If you are a Reeve or Arquette fan then this should be a must have. If you're not a fan you may well be after watching this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Laurent on July 3, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Based on a very good book from E.K. Gann, this movie is unfortunately of less quality. Good adventure movie anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gtoherder on December 28, 2013
Format: DVD
Taken from the story by Ernest Gann this is probably about as good an adaptation as could be hoped for. Christopher Reeves made one of his best efforts and was supported by a strong cast. By today's standards it's a little dated and a little stilted in a couple of spots but overall the skill of the cast and the writing of Mr Gann ( also see 'Island In the Sky' and 'The High And The Mighty') make this a much better than average film.
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