20th Century Fox Released 2009




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James Cameron

Avatar is a landmark 3D science fiction masterpiece about a beautiful alien planet where a bloody war is being fought between the world's indigenous inhabitants, the Na'vi, and the human prospectors exploiting the planet for its valuable natural resources. Jake Sully, a paraplegic former marine who travels to Pandora after the death of his twin brother, a scientist who was working on a project that allows a human to mentally control a specially engineered Na'vi body, or avatar. Sully is trained in physical combat, and he's woefully unqualified for this highly technical science project. However, his natural ability makes him surprisingly perfect for the job, and he becomes an important leader in the struggle between the nature-loving Na'vi and the resource-obsessed humans.

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Quaritch: You're not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a hell, you might want to go there for some R&R after a tour on Pandora. Out there, beyond that fence, every living thing that crawls, flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes.

    • Grace: [sighs] So you just figured you'd come out here, to the most hostile environment known to man, with no training of any kind, and see how it went?
      Jake: Maybe I was sick of doctors telling me what I couldn't do.

    • Chacon: (an air search party looks for Sully who is lost in the jungle)
      I'm gonna have to call it, guys. We're not allowed to run night ops, Colonel's orders. I'm sorry, Doc, he's gonna just have to hang on till morning.
      Grace: He won't make it till morning.

    • Eytukan: This creature... why do you bring him here?
      Neytiri: I was going to kill him but there was a sign from Eywa.
      Eytukan: I have said no dreamwalker will come here.
      Jake: What's he saying?
      Eytukan: His alien smell fills my nose.

    • Moat: Why did you come to us?
      Jake: I came to learn.
      Moat: We have tried to teach other Sky People. It is hard to fill a cup which is already full.

    • Selfridge: Their damn village happens to be resting on the richest unobtainium deposit within 200 klicks in any direction. I mean look at all that cheddar! [laughs]
      Jake: Well, who gets them out?
      Quaritch: Guess.
      Jake: [scoffs] What if they won't go?
      Quaritch: Oh, I'm betting that they will.
      Selfridge: Okay, okay, okay, okay, hey. Look. Look. Killing the indigenous people looks bad, but there's one thing shareholders hate more than bad press, and that's a bad quarterly statement.

    • Jake: I'm trying to understand this deep connection the people have to the forest. She talks [Neytiri] about a network of energy that flows through all living things. She says all energy is only borrowed, and that one day you have to give it back!

    • Grace: What we think we know is that there is some kind of electrochemical communication between the roots of the trees, like the synapses between neurons. And each tree has ten-to-the-fourth connections to the trees around it. And there are ten-to-the-twelfth trees on Pandora.
      Parker: Which is a lot, I'm guessing.
      Grace: It's more connections than the human brain. Get it? It's a network.

    • Quaritch: You let me down, son. So, what, you found yourself some local tail and you just completely forget what team you're playing for?
      Grace: Parker, there is time to salvage the situation. Parker...
      Quaritch: Shut your pie hole!
      Grace: Or what, Ranger Rick? You gonna shoot me?
      Quaritch: I could do that.

    • Jake: It's hard to believe it's only been three months. I can barely remember my old life. I don't know who I am anymore.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $237,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $760,507,625 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $2,782,275,172 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $827,432,296
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $3,027,115,387

    • Other Production Companies:
      Lightstorm Entertainment
      Dune Entertainment
      Ingenious Film Partners

    • Filming locations:
      Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
      Hughes Aircraft, El Segundo, California
      Kaua'i, Hawaii
      Los Angeles, California
      O'ahu, Hawaii
      Playa Vista, California
      Stone Street Studios, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
      Wellington, New Zealand

    • Taglines:
      1. Enter the World.
      2. Return to Pandora.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Cinematography - FOX
      2. Art Direction - FOX
      3. Visual Effects - FOX

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Director - James Cameron (won by Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker)
      3. Editing
      4. Sound
      5. Sound Editing
      6. Original Score

      ASCAP Awards Wins:
      1. Best Box Office Movie

      Saturn Awards Wins:
      1. Actor - Sam Worthington
      2. Actress - Zoe Saldana
      3. Director -  James Cameron
      4. Music
      5. Production Design
      6. Best Sci-Fi Film
      7. Special Effects
      8. Supporting Actor - Stephen Lang
      9. Supporting Actress - Sigourney Weaver
      10. Writing

      BAFTA Wins:
      Production Design
      Visual Effects

      BAFTA Nominations:
      Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music - James Horner
      Best Film
      David Lean Award for Direction - James Cameron

      Golden Globes Wins:
      Best Drama
      Director -  James Cameron

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      Original Score
      Original Song - "I See You"

      Grammy Nominations:
      Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture  - James Horner
      Best Song Written for Motion Picture - "I See You"

    • Music:
      I See You
      Performed by Leona Lewis
      Music by James Horner and Simon Franglen
      Lyrics by Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell, and James Horner


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beings from another world, visually stunning, gunfights, giant robots, genetic mutations