American Aviatrix Amelia Earhart Gets Biopic

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Amelia Earhart, the American aviatrix and first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross medal, disappeared after she stopped radio transmitting on July 2, 1937 during her attempted flight around the world. Now she's getting a movie.

Featuring Hilary Swank as Amelia and Richard Gere as her husband George Putnam, Amelia promises to relive the glory days of the daring aviatrix' life up until the night she disappeared. Amelia flies into theaters on October 23, 2009.

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I saw the preview for this in the theater ahead of Harry Potter (yes, I saw Harry Potter on opening day, get over it).

Looked really good, although my wife wasn't interested. The "love story" part will probably be overdone, but not unjustly so. It's not like she was a single woman when she took off.

From watching the trailer, it looks like they'll even put in the first round-the-world attempt that ended in a crash on the runway. It also looks like they used an actual Lockheed Electra, and not a Beech 18 which would have been the easy route (and few moviegoers would have noticed). I wonder how much is CG...it's not like there are a lot of Lockheed Electras around anymore.

A group called TIGHAR has lots of interesting info on this:

[www.tighar.org]