The Aviator

The Aviator is an Academy Award-winning 2004 biographical drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a biopic of the aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, following his life from the late 1920s through the 1940s, a time when Hughes was directing and producing Hollywood movies as well as test piloting his own groundbreaking new aircraft, all while dealing with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Year:
2004
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Frank:
You may be directing this movie, Howard. But what you're asking- we can't do it!

Howard:
Don't tell me I can't do it; don't tell me it can't be done!

Frank:
The gyro forces are too much here. You send these planes into simultaneous barrel roles they won't make it!

Howard:
It's the goddamn climax of the picture Frank, all right, you make it work! Look decrease the vertical trajectory if you have to a Le Rhône rotary won't stall at 60 degrees- I've done it!

Advisor:
Howard, we need to cut that sequence down, we don't have enough cameras.

Howard:
No, no we're not cuttin' anything! I'll get those extra cameras, set up for rehearsal's in five!

[off-screen]:
Howard, this is Mr. Dietrich.

Howard:
Dietrich. You're man on the come! I read your resume and talked to your references. You know what I'm lookin' for?!

Noah Dietrich:
Well as I understand it you're looking for a second-in-command at Hughes Tools; someone to oversee the financial aspects of the business-

Howard:
Yeah, I'm lookin' for somebody to run it and do a damn good job. Look, there's really only one thing you gotta know! My folks... they're gone now! So it's my money! Now what I choose to do with that money may seem crazy to those sons-a-bitches in Houston - and I'm sure as hell it does - but it all makes good sense to me, you got that?

Noah:
Got it.

Howard:
Good. Now you made what uh... five thousand dollars a year your last job; I'll pay you ten thousand!

Noah:
Guess I'll be working twice as hard!

Howard:
You'll be workin' four times as hard; I just got you half price, Mr. Dietrich. Welcome aboard. You're my voice now, make 'em understand that- look, some of those fine folks down there still callin' me Junior. You tell 'em its Mister Hughes now!

Noah:
So when do we go to Houston?

Howard:
We don't. Cholera epidemic in 1913, two thousand dead; whole place is nothin' but pestilential swamp. Typhus, malaria, cholera, yellow fever, you name it they got it. You see that, Mr. Dietrich! You are lookin' at the largest private air force in the entire world! What do you think of that now?!

Noah:
Well... It's your money!

Howard:
START 'EM UP!!!

Odie:
Hey, you want the good news or the bad news?

Howard:
Bad news, always.

Odie:
Alright, we've installed the 450 radial, but the struts won't take the vibrations. [Gives Howard a magnifier to look at the strut] The minute we fire her up, the struts start cracking at the attach points.

Howard:
Well, what's the good news?

Odie:
There isn't any.

Howard:
Goddamn it, Odie, if the 450's too big, we just gotta figure something else out.

Odie:
Well, we've done everything. We've rebuilt her from top to toe. Now, if we drain the fuel tank for a couple of runs, she might make 180 MPH.

Howard:
I want minimum 200, alright?

Odie:
Yeah, well I want a date with Theda Bara, but that ain't gonna happen either.

Howard:
Ah, don't be so sure...Well, if the struts won't sustain the engine, then maybe we get rid of the struts.

Odie:
No, then the top wing falls off.

Howard:
...Then let it.

Odie:
What?

Howard:
Who-who says we need a top wing? Who says we need anything?

Odie:
[Realizes what Howard's thinking] A monoplane...

Howard:
A cantilevered monoplane, right? I mean, they're doing it in France. To hell with the top wing and the struts.

Odie:
Put in a 550 Wasp engine...

Howard:
100 octane fuel, that would give us a top horsepower of what?

Odie:
700.

Howard:
We squeeze that to 1,000, we've got the fastest plane ever built.

Odie:
You know, I just gotta say, we've already spent over $200,000 rebuilding this plane.

Howard:
Yeah, to hell with it. [Grabs a 2x4 and tosses it to Odie] Tear it up, Odie! Go on! [Odie swings the board at the struts, breaking them and the top wing]

Howard:
[clearing his throat, looking at a cleaner] Ode?

Ode:
Hm?

Howard:
That man sweeping up over there, does he work for me? I mean, have you seen him before?

Ode:
His name's Nick, something like that.

Howard:
Why's he looking at me?

Ode:
I dunno.

Howard:
Fire him, and make sure they use damp brooms from now on. Respiratory diseases are expensive and I don't want a bunch of damned lawsuits.

Ode:
Okay, but can we at least proceed with the instrument panel we discussed? The tool shops are ready to go...

Howard:
No, I want to see the blueprints again.

Ode:
Look Howard, the deadline is now completely unrealistic. At this rate, the war's gonna be over by the time she's done. Now, I need you here to help consult on vital decisions and you're off, dealing with movies. You got a thousand goddamned workers waiting for you to make a decision here...

Howard:
HEY, Ode! Take it easy. Alright? I understand you're under a lot of pressure, but it's gonna do me no good if you crack up on me like that. Alright? Look, take a couple hours off, alright? Just relax a little.

Ode:
Okay.

Howard:
See your wife.

Ode:
Okay.

Howard:
Be sure to show me all the blueprints.

Ode:
Alright.

Howard:
[to himself] Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. [to Ode] I'm serious now, Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blue-Show me all the blueprints

Ode:
[chuckles] Howard...

Howard:
Show me all the blueprints! Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. [clears his throat] I want to get this done right so show me all the blueprints. [looking upset] Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints, show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints

Ode:
[concerned] Howard...

Howard:
[Backing away] Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints Show me all the blueprints [Raises his finger as if to say "Excuse me" and takes off running]

Howard:
I'll put this very simply. On February 12th, at the Mayflower Hotel, did you or did you not tell me that if I were to sell TWA to Pan Am that this entire investigation would be called off?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
No, I did not, and I have asked you repeatedly to submit your questions in writing.

Howard:
How long have you known Juan Trippe, Senator?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
I've known Mr. Trippe for some time now, and that's not the question here.

Howard:
Is it not true that Juan donated $20,000 to your last campaign? I mean, he spoke to me as if you worked for him.

[Murmurs spread through the court]

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
I have a personal friendship with Mr. Trippe, but--

Howard:
Is it not true you accept free tickets from Pan Am, so you can circle the globe in support of your C.A.B. bill?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
No, no, it is not true.

Howard:
Well, who wrote that bill, Senator?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
No, we're asking questions--

Howard:
Who actually wrote the C.A.B. bill? The actual words in the bill. Did you write them?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
This is not how these hearings are going be conducted, Mr. Hughes--

Howard:
I have it right here. Maybe it'll refresh your memory. "Bill S-987 to amend the Civil Aeronautics Act." Now, you introduced this bill to the Senate. [looking through the pages] Lotta words. You write all of them? Did you write any of them, Senator?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
Now, look, Mr. Hughes--

Howard:
Now, this entire bill was written by Pan Am executives and designed to give that airline a monopoly on international travel. And you've been flogging this bill all around the world on their behalf, have you not?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
I have duties that take me all over the world, Mr. Hughes.

Howard:
Oh, what the hell does a senator from Maine need to visit Peru for?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
I was-- I was seeking outlets for our trade-- our trade goods.

Howard:
Ah. Buy a lotta lobsters down there, do they?

[People in the court laugh]

Howard:
Senator Brewster, how many times have you visited Juan Trippe's office in New York in the last three months? Huh? Would you like me to tell you, Senator?

Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster:
All right, this has gone on long enough. Juan Trippe is a great American. His airline has advanced the cause of commercial aviation in this country for decades. Juan Trippe is a patriot. Juan Trippe is not a man who is interested in making money.

Howard:
Hm. Well, I'm sure his stockholders would be happy to hear that.

[People laugh again]

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