Minority Report (2002) Poster


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Three years before production began, Steven Spielberg assembled a team of sixteen future experts in Santa Monica to brainstorm out the year 2054 for him. This team included: Neil Gershenfeld, professor at the Media Lab at MIT; Shaun Jones, director of biomedical research at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency); William Mitchell, dean of the school of architecture at MIT; Peter Calthorpe, the New Urbanism evangelist; Jaron Lanier, one of the inventors of virtual reality technology; Douglas Coupland, author and commentator; Stewart Brand, author, scientist and co-creator of The Well on-line community; Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine; Harald Belker, car designer and John Underkoffler, the science and technology advisor for the movie.
The "PreCogs" were all named after famous mystery writers. Dashiell Hammett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie.
When John Anderton (Tom Cruise) visits the jail, the retina scanner that scans his eye makes a confirmation sound that years later Apple use as the charging sound.
At the police station, the officers talk about the metaphysical proof of precognition. Chief Anderton (Tom Cruise) rolls a red ball along a table to demonstrate the law of cause and effect to Detective Witwer (Colin Farrell). All of this is an allusion to the famous claim of philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), that by observing billiard balls you can actually demonstrate that cause and effect does not exist but is merely a habitually created fiction of the mind.
For the scene where Anderton holds his breath in the bathtub, Steven Spielberg was going to create the air bubble rising with CGI, but Tom Cruise took the time and learned how to do it himself.
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg both agreed to waive their usual salary to help keep the film's budget under 100 million dollars. They agreed to take fifteen percent of the film's gross instead.
The film was almost shot a few years earlier, before Steven Spielberg decided to do A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) instead and have the "Minority Report" script reworked. According to reports, Tom Cruise's co-stars in that version would have been Cate Blanchett as Agatha, Matt Damon as Witwer, Ian McKellen as Burgess and Jenna Elfman as Lara Anderton. After the delay, Javier Bardem has stated in interviews that he was offered the part of Witwer, but turned it down because he "didn't want to just run around chasing Tom Cruise." This led to the casting of Colin Farrell.
Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski bleached the film's negative in post-production to create the desaturated colors.
The car factory scene is based on an Alfred Hitchcock idea for a never-filmed sequence in North by Northwest (1959) to which François Truffaut also referred in interview.
When Dr. Solomon Eddie (Peter Stormare) calls his assistant, he says the following sentence in Swedish: "Greta, get the hell out of there, wipe your ass, hurry up!"
Steven Spielberg hired the top twelve contortionists from around the world to do the futuristic yoga class scene.
Nokia is supposed to have spent two million dollars to have as many handsets as possible in the film.
A "Minority Report" in real life is a legislative procedure whereby a minority of a committee (usually members from the minority party) offer an official alternative to a piece of legislation. Because of the way rules of decorum work out, minority reports are very rarely successful (as in this film).
Janusz Kaminski is a regular cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's films. When Spielberg approached him for this film, he told him to create "the ugliest, dirtiest movie" either of them had ever made.
The concept behind the spiders was what a grenade would look like if it had been designed by Porsche.
Tom Cruise began filming only a few days after completing work on Vanilla Sky (2001).
From the very beginning, Steven Spielberg wanted Greta (Dr. Eddie's assistant) to sing something by ABBA, but Peter Stormare suggested that she should sing something else, to make the scene more absurd. The Swedish children's song "Små grodorna" ("The Small Frogs") was chosen by Stormare. This song is usually sung on Midsummer Eve parties in Sweden.
Steven Spielberg chose the special effects company Imaginary Forces to design the film's prevision sequences because he liked the title sequence they designed for Se7en (1995).
The adaptation of the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick was originally planned as a sequel to Total Recall (1990) by writers Ronald Shusett and Gary Goldman (later joined by Robert Goethals). The setting was changed to Mars with the Precogs being people mutated by the Martian atmosphere, as established in the first film. The main character was also changed to Douglas Quaid, the man played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The project eventually fell apart but the writers, who still owned the rights to the original story, rewrote the script, removing the elements from "Total Recall". This script was eventually tossed out when writer Jon Cohen was hired in 1997 to start the project over from scratch. The only original element from the early script which made it to the final film is the sequence in the car factory, an idea that Steven Spielberg loved.
Lexus reputedly paid five million dollars to have a futuristic version of one of its cars in the film. As part of the deal, Steven Spielberg took delivery of a 62,000 dollar Lexus SC 430 convertible.
John Williams was hired to provide the score. However, he came late to the production due to the overrunning of the schedule of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
The police hovership was nicknamed The Dispenser because of its physical similarities to a Pez dispenser.
In Philip K. Dick's original short story, John Anderton is short, fat, and balding, not at all like Tom Cruise.
The tiny in-ear cellphones used throughout the movie (most noticeably by Pre-Crime Director Lamar Burgess (Max von Sydow) in the film's final scenes) are actually Bang and Olufsen earphones without the connection cables.
Jan de Bont was a credited producer because he was originally going to direct the film. Steven Spielberg claimed that De Bont did no work on the film once Spielberg joined the project and publicly questioned whether he deserved the credit.
Apparently, Colin Farrell had a lot of trouble delivering the line "I'm sure you all understand the legalistic drawback to Pre-Crime methodology".
According to sound designer Gary Rydstrom, the sounds for the Mag-Lev (Magnetic Levitation) car system were made from the sounds of his own washing machine.
Steven Spielberg had enjoyed Kathryn Morris' performance in Rod Lurie's The Contender (2000) so he gave her a small part in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). However, Morris' scenes ended up being cut, so Spielberg gave her the part of Lara to make up for that.
The part of Danny Witwer was originally American and with a father who died outside a church in Maryland, but Steven Spielberg didn't think Colin Farrell could fully shake his Irish accent, so the character was made Irish.
During the scenes that show Anderton manipulating the PreCogs' visions of future crimes, the music in the background is Franz Schubert's "Symphony #8 in B Minor"--more commonly known as the "Unfinished" symphony.
The small storage media used throughout the film are clear plastic versions of Iomega's PocketZip disks.
This film shows technology that was not yet widely available at the time it came out, but is at the time of this writing, July 2015. Gesture control, eye and fingerprint recognition are some of the things available to the public now shown in the film. Even touch screen (capacitative touch) was introduced on a large scale through the first Apple iPhones in 2007.
Elements from the original short story that the screenplay is based on included more details about the Pre-Crime Unit. The data was double-checked by the military to ensure that the Pre-Crime officers would not be bribed by any future murderer to conceal the evidence. The Pre-Cogs worked on different time levels which accounted for any minor discrepancies that their premonitions had. They mumbled and their incoherent words were deciphered in audio tapes. Their data could be fabricated and in the story this is exactly what happens since the first vision is revealed to be a fake one. The screenplay however omits all these details in favor of a visual display of the precognitions.
Wristwatches in the film: Tom Cruise wears two different timepieces, an Omega Speedmaster X33 digital at the Baltimore public pool when measuring underwater endurance (the X33 is no longer in production due to disappointing sales). The digital Bvlgari with LCD dial hasn't been invented yet.
The film takes place in April 2054.
The schedule overrun of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible II (2000) allowed Steven Spielberg to hire Scott Frank to rework Jon Cohen's screenplay. John August also did an uncredited draft. Frank Darabont was approached to also do one, but was busy finishing up The Majestic (2001).
When Gideon says that the contained prisoners are "busy, busy, busy," this may be a reference to "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: "'Busy, busy, busy,' is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is."
Steven Spielberg turned to Lexus for some ideas in designing a car for the future, but the bulk of the designs were done by Harald Belker, who has also designed vehicles featured in Armageddon (1998) and xXx (2002).
Final film of George Wallace.
Colin Farrell later appeared in Total Recall (2012), a remake of the film for which this was to be a sequel.
The scissors killing in the beginning is a reference to Dead Again (1991) and the guy finding his wife having an affair with another guy and hiding from them so they don't see him is a reference to Malice (1993). Both movies were written by Scott Frank.
ILM contributed over 250 effects shots to the film.
The pistol that John Anderton uses is the Beretta 9000.
Steven Spielberg used the town of Gloucester, Virginia, as a location for a portion of the film. Though the crew was in the town for a little over a month shooting, the scenes are only shown in the movie for a minute or so. The town was given no acknowledgment in the credits.
Meryl Streep was originally cast as Iris Hineman, but had to back out.
Cate Blanchett was offered the role of Agatha.
Daniel London (Wally the Caretaker) is the only actor to reprise his role in the television adaptation Minority Report (2015). However, William Mapother (Hotel Clerk) played Charlie Peele in Minority Report: Hawk-Eye (2015) and Minority Report: Fredi (2015).
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On the animated cereal box--designed and animated by Kurtz and Friends Animation--from which John Anderson (Tom Cruise) is eating, when he's at home watching holographic videos of his son Sean (the fictitious cereal Pine & Oats) they're offering inside each box, one of each of the 70 magnets to collect from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Shown "in actual size" are circular magnets representing; the iconic image of Elliot riding his bike in front of the moon, as well as one of a portrait of E.T. himself. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was a blockbuster hit for Steven Spielberg.
Even though Amblin Entertainment was involved with the production of this film, its logo credit is only represented on film posters and theatrical trailers worldwide, not in the film itself.
Matt Damon and Dutch actor Yorick van Wageningen were considered for the role of Danny Witwer. Van Wageningen had to drop out because he had been unable to secure a working permit when filming began.
This is the first movie Steven Spielberg directed for 20th Century Fox. The studio, which handled theatrical distribution rights in North America, financed the film along with DreamWorks, which handled theatrical distribution rights in all other countries outside of North America. DreamWorks released the film on DVD and VHS in North America, while Fox handled DVD and VHS rights worldwide.
The car assembly line scene bears a striking resemblance to the assembly line scene in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). John Williams was the composer on both films.
When Anderton and Agatha are at the mall, right after the little girl asks her mom to buy a balloon, the police are looking for them and just barely miss them. In the background of that scene, a billboard reads "See what others don't," an ability Agatha has that the police don't.
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The robotic welding guns were manufactured in LaSalle, Ontario and were tested by Marcel Chayer.
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An advertisement for the film was shown during the TV3 broadcast of Tom Cruise's earlier film Mission: Impossible (1996) in New Zealand in 2002. The film had a similar plot to Minority Report (2002), which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) an agent working for the IM-F government agency whom goes on the run after a mission in Prague is sabotaged and his team is killed and he is framed as a mole inside IM-F and he sets out to find the real mole and to clear his name. In this film, John Anderton (Cruise) the chief of the elite PreCrime police is forced to go on the run, when Agatha (Samantha Morton) predicts that he will kill Leo Crow (Mike Binder) and sets out to stop the crime from happening.
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This is the first film directed by Steven Spielberg to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio since Hook (1991).
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Jenna Elfman was considered for the part later taken by Kathryn Morris.
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Kathryn Morris went on to star in the CBS police series Cold Case (2003) as Detective Lilly Rush.
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In an interview Steven Spielberg admitted that jetpacks are not likely to ever come to fruition, but he included the technology as a tribute to the science fiction that he grew up with.
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Paul Thomas Anderson: Tom Cruise's director in Magnolia (1999) as a man on the train. It is reported that he is so hard to find that Anderson himself does not know where he appears.
Cameron Crowe: Tom Cruise's director from Jerry Maguire (1996) and Vanilla Sky (2001) appears as a commuter on the train who looks at Anderton over the top of his newspaper and recognizes him.
Scott Frank: The co-writer appears as a customer in the cyber parlor, the one who receives an award and is being congratulated ("You're the man").
William Mapother: Tom Cruise's cousin as a hotel desk clerk. He's likely best known for his role as Ethan on the television series Lost (2004).

Director Trademark 

Steven Spielberg: [Music] Score by John Williams.
Steven Spielberg: [trademark recognition] A commuter on the train looks at John Anderton over the top of his newspaper and recognizes him. This is similar to the commuters who recognized James Donovan on the train in "Bridge of Spies", some looking over the top of their newspapers at him, some glancing up from their newspapers.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the scene where John kidnaps Agatha, Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) asks, "How much time do we have?" (asking how much time until John commits the murder). A Pre-Crime Officer responds, "51 minutes 30 seconds." This is exactly how much time remains until the end of the movie as well (until the credits begin to roll).
At the climax, Anderton tells Burgess that he has two choices: choose not to commit the murder, thereby discrediting precrime; or commit the murder and go to jail but ultimately vindicate the system he created. This is in fact the choice Burgess makes in the original short story. Burgess at first realizes that the precogs prediction was wrong, and is able to choose not to commit the murder. However, when his would-be victim announces his intention to publicize this fact to discredit precrime, Burgess decides to kill him anyway--thus apparently proving the precogs correct and preserving the system he believes in.
Similarities to The Fugitive (1993): 1. Like Richard Kimble, John Anderton is framed for a crime he didn't commit/hasn't yet committed. 2. Anderton and Kimble are both recognized on the subway by another passenger, who sees his picture in the newspaper. 3. Both consult a colleague (Kathy Wahlund, Iris Hineman) to unravel a vital clue. 4. Both are pursued by a police officer (Gerard, Witwer), and at one point must navigate their way through a crowded public place (shopping mall, St. Patrick's Day Parade). 5. Kimble dyes his hair and creates a fake ID to sneak back into his place of work for vital information. Anderton has his eyes replaced to sneak back into pre-crime. 6. Both discover they were set up by a colleague (Nichols, Burgess) to cover up his own criminal activity. Both confront that man at a banquet held in his honor.
On February 18th, 2016, iO9 posted a video on the movie titled "Is The Ending To Minority Report One Giant Deception?" which theorizes that everything that happens after Anderton is apprehended for Leo Crow and Danny Witwer's murders and haloed at Lara's house is not real and it is a dream that is happening in Anderton's mind and that he is still in stasis at the PreCrime prison.
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At the climax, Tom Cruise confronts Max von Sydow in a secluded area, wearing a dark hood while presenting him with a metaphysical dilemma. This mirrors the opening of the movie The Seventh Seal (1957), in which Bengt Ekerot, playing a dark hooded incarnation of Death, confronts von Sydow's character.
The shot of the camera pulling away from the Pre-Cogs Agetha, Dashiell and Arthur's house at the beginning of the end credits was influenced by the end credits of Blade Runner (1982). Phillip K. Dick is the author of both films.
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The case in which Anderton is to be the killer is numbered 1109.

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