Minority Report (2002) Poster


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The "PreCogs" were all named after famous mystery writers. Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie.
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.
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 Det. 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.
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.
For the scene where Anderton holds his breath in the bathtub, Steven Spielberg was going to create the air bubble rising with CG, but Tom Cruise took the time and learned how to do it himself.
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!".
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.
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg both agreed to waive their usual salary to help keep the film's budget down under $100 million. They agreed to take 15% of the film's gross instead.
Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski bleached the film's negative in post-production to create the film's desaturated colors.
Nokia is supposed to have spent $2 million to have as many handsets as possible in the film.
The concept behind the spiders was what a grenade would look like if it had been designed by Porsche.
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.
Steven Spielberg hired the top 12 contortionists from around the world to do the futuristic yoga class scene.
The adaptation of 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.
In Philip K. Dick's original short story, John Anderton is short, fat and balding, i.e., not at all like Tom Cruise.
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 children's song "Små grodorna" (The Small Frogs) was chosen by Stormare. This song is usually sung on Midsummer Eve parties.
Tom Cruise began filming only days after completing work on Vanilla Sky (2001).
Apparently, Colin Farrell had a lot of trouble delivering the line "I'm sure you all understand the legalistic drawback to Pre-Crime methodology".
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).
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.
Lexus reputedly paid $5 million to have a futuristic version of one of their cars in the film. As part of the deal, Steven Spielberg took delivery of a $62,000 Lexus SC 430 convertible.
Janusz Kaminski is a regular cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's films. When Spielberg approached him for Minority Report (2002), he told him to create "the ugliest, dirtiest movie" either of them had ever made.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
According to sound designer Gary Rydstrom, the sounds for the Mag-Lev (Magnetic Levitation) car system was made from the sounds of his own washing machine.
The film takes place in April 2054.
When Gideon says that the contained prisoners are "busy, busy, busy," this may be a reference to 'Cat's Cradle' by 'Kurt Vonnegut': "'Busy, busy, busy,' is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is."
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.
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).
The small storage media used throughout the film are clear plastic versions of Iomega's PocketZip disks.
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.
Steven Spielberg had enjoyed Kathryn Morris's performance in Rod Lurie's The Contender (2000) so had given her a small part in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). However, Morris's scenes ended up being cut so Spielberg gave her the part of Lara to make up for that.
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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 iTouch and iPhone devices about 2008.
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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 his film The Majestic (2001).
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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.
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.
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.
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ILM contributed over 250 effects shots to the film.
Cate Blanchett was offered the role of Agatha.
Both 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.
Meryl Streep was originally cast as Iris Hineman, but had to back out.
Colin Farrell later appeared in Total Recall (2012), a remake of the film for which this was to be a sequel.
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Spencer Treat Clark played the role of Sean at age 11 in a brief dream sequence meant to be placed immediately after Anderton is put into containment. The entire scene was deleted. Nevertheless, theatrical prints of the film had him in the cast list in the end titles.
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This is the first movie Steven Spielberg has 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 handle DVD and VHS rights worldwide.
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Even though Amblin Entertainment was involved with the production of Minority Report, their logo credit is only represented on film posters and theatrical trailers worldwide, not in the film itself.
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On the animated cereal box, John Anderson (Tom Cruise) is eating from 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 the late 20th Century blockbuster hit ET the Extra Terrestrial.'

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 ET itself.

ET the Extra Terrestrial was another of Spielberg's films.

The box's design and animation was done by Kurtz and Friends Animation.
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When Agatha and John Anderton enter Leo Crowe's building Agatha says, 'Anderson, Leave,' rather than 'Anderton.'
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The car assembly line scene bares a striking resemblance to the assembly line scene in another 2002 movie, Star Wars Episode II Attack of the clones. John Williams was the composer on both.
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Cameron DiazTom Cruise's co-star in Vanilla Sky (2001) plays the blond woman sitting just behind director Cameron Crowe, the man who looks over at Anderton on the train.
Paul Thomas AndersonTom 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 CroweTom 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.
William MapotherTom Cruise's cousin as hotel desk clerk. He's likely best known for his role as Ethan on the television series Lost.
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").

Director Trademark 

Steven Spielberg:  [Music]  Score by John Williams.


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 28 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 Anderton makes in the original short story. Anderton 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, Anderton decides to kill him anyway--thus apparently proving the precogs correct and preserving the system he believes in.
Despite being a critically acclaimed film, the main premise that Anderton views himself in the future murdering someone is itself a fundamental paradox, the reason being if you viewed yourself killing someone in the near future, with this knowledge, you would prevent yourself from doing so. However, the crux of the film is to ask the question if you really could prevent yourself from doing so. In the act of trying to prevent himself from committing the crime, Anderton does, in fact, commit the crime.
At the climax of the movie, 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.
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The case in which Anderton is to be the killer is numbered 1109
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