Avatar (2009)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

Crew: James Cameron (Director), Mauro Fiore (Director of Photography), James Horner (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 18 Dec 2009 (India)

Tagline: Return to Pandora

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as Jake Sully
as Neytiri
as Moat
as Troupe
as Dragon Gunship Gunner
Supporting Actor
as Troupe
as Dr. Max Patel
as Parker Selfridge
as Basketball Avatar
as Dragon Gunship Navigator
as Basketball Avatar / Troupe
as Shuttle Pilot
as Norm Spellman
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Ambient Room Tech / Troupe
as Tsu'tey
as Troupe
as Ambient Room Tech
as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Supporting Actor
as Trudy Chacon
as Shuttle Crew Chief
as Horse Clan Leader
as Venture Star Crew Chief
as Private Fike
as Shuttle Co-Pilot
as Grace
as Colonel Miles Quaritch
as Eytukan
as Ambient Room Tech / Troupe


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director



Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label
Playback Singer
Music Editor


Sound Effects Studio
Sound Effects Editor




Production Designer
Set Decorator
Assistant Art Director


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Makeup and Hair

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician
Special Effects Studio


Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Studio
Visual Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Spoken Languages:
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sonics-DDP, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Sony CineAlta F23
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
Converted to 3D
Archival Source:
Return to Pandora
Enter the World
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Avatar (Hindi)
Followed by: Avatar: The Way of Water (English)
Dubbed into: Avatar (Tamil)
Followed by: Avatar: The Seed Bearer (English)
Reference: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (English)
Referenced in: Nautanki Saala (Hindi)
Referenced in: Elysium (English)
Dubbed into: Avatar (Romanian)
Dubbed into: Avatar (Hungarian)
Dubbed into: Avatar (Latin American Spanish)
In the nightclub scene on Earth when Jake is thrown out into the street, you can see his legs move and stiffen into a bent position in anticipation of landing on the ground.

Jake Sully pulls a blanket over Grace Augustine in the scene where they are flying north in the mobile link-up trailer after Grace is shot and leaves it folded at the top.

When the Na'vi are attempting to move Grace from her human body to her Avatar body, after she has died and one of the Na'vi moves to check for life in her Avatar, you can see her eyes twitch even though she is supposed to be dead.

Factual Mistake
A large mining machine, a bucket wheel excavator, is seen during the shuttle landing sequence. It is shown operating incorrectly, with the descending part of the wheel against the rock.

When Selfridge lectures Grace in his office about the corporation's purpose on Pandora, he closes with the Spanish expression "Comprendo?".

The first part of the credits are shown over panoramic views of Pandora. Most of these shots are recycled from the movie, and reversed left to right to make it a bit less obvious.

When Jake's late brother, Tom, is uncovered, he's played by Sam Worthington. In the next shot of Tom being covered again it's clearly someone else.

In the scene where Jake lands on Pandora for the first time, when all other personnel have gotten off the transport ship it is revealed that Jake is paraplegic.

When Jake first tries to convince the Na'vi not to fight, and Tsu'tey shoves him, Tsu'tey's eyes are colorless and gray. In the scenes before and after this, however, his eyes are clearly yellow.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where Jake first meets Neytiri and is trying to thank her, he grabs her arm, however, the sound effect for grabbing her arm isn't in sync, as you can hear it a couple seconds before he does grab her arm.

When Quaritch is scolding Jake for making out with a Na'vi, Jake moves his head to the right. In the immediate next angle, his head is straight.

When the colonel is in the robot asking Jake to report to him, in one scene a red disconnect flag is hanging off the robot's leg, but when the colonel starts to walk, the flag is gone.
The cigarette smoked by Sigourney Weaver is completely CGI.

Earlier Chris Pine had auditioned for the lead role and said that it was his worst audition ever.

The first completely digitally shot movie to win the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The whooping and cackling sounds made by the wolf-like predators on Pandora are actually real spotted hyena calls.

Jake Sully's initials (J.S.) are the same as John Smith, a central figure in the historical and often romanticized story of Pocahontas.

In the scene where Jake Sully is in prison, his back is to the camera and you can see the back of his wheelchair. The brand of wheelchair he is in is "Grunt", which is another term for a Marine infantryman.

Sigourney Weaver plays a James Cameron persona for her character in this film.

The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. A lot of motion capture technology was used for the CGI scenes.

James Cameron was convinced that CGI effects had progressed enough to make this film when he saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Promotional items were shipped to cinemas under the name "Project 880".

In the UK, the film was shipped in two parts, under the code name "Redbird". Reels 1-5 were delivered first; 6-10 came the following day.

"Unobtainium" is a humorous term used mainly in the aerospace industry.

Each frame of the CGI scenes took an average of 47 hours to render.

"Avatar" is Sanskrit for "incarnation". It is used extensively in Hindu scriptures to refer to human incarnations of God.

Sam Worthington said in an interview that it was easier for him to master the Na'vi language than the American accent.

At the time of auditioning, Sam Worthington was a struggling artist living in his car.

To appease 20th Century Fox's fears, and remembering the harrowing experience of Titanic and its production overruns and costly delays, James Cameron promised to forgo his director's fee if Avatar flopped.

The film's landscapes were in part inspired by the famed Huangshan Mountain in China.

The multiple breathing orifices seen on the larger animals of Pandora were inspired by the air intakes on the sides of sports cars.