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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery  |  17 September 2004 (USA)
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After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Editor Paley
Mysterious Woman
Dr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
Trevor Baxter ...
Dr. Jennings
Julian Curry ...
Dr. Vargas
Peter Law ...
Dr. Kessler
Jon Rumney ...
German Scientist
Khan Bonfils ...
Samta Gyatso ...
Louis Hilyer ...
Executive Officer


In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she's covering-- of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots. The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain's right hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world. Written by Apster

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The world will tremble. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of stylized sci-fi violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The World of Tomorrow  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,580,278 (USA) (17 September 2004)


$646,403 (Australia) (11 February 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally slated to be released on 25 June 2004. However, it was moved to September 17th so as not to compete with the summer blockbuster Spider-Man 2 (2004) and to give more time for the production staff to fine-tune the finished product. See more »


When the destroyed robot is delivered to the Sky Captain's base, we can see that CGI trucks carrying the robot have no drivers. See more »


[first lines]
Hindenburg announcer: Attention. Please prepare for docking procedure.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title is written in the sky, in large, steel letters extruding from the clouds at an angle. The opening credits are shown against a backdrop of an extreme close-up of the letters, and when it comes time for the title to show, the camera zooms out. See more »


Referenced in What's Going on Up There? (2007) See more »


by Herbert Stothart
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
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User Reviews

This film is incredible
4 November 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I read through some of the other comments on here... I can't imagine who went to this movie expecting it to be full of philosophy or deep thinking, it's just a fun thrill ride type of movie and it is one of the best of those types of films to appear in decades. I knew the film would be cool looking because I caught a few minutes of it at a drive-in, but when I watched the whole movie it really blew me away as a well-conceived well-executed whole. I liked the characters, I didn't think they were "realistic" but they were fun in the old-school movie kind of way. It reminded me somewhat of a Howard Hawks film, actually. I like the love triangle here and wish it had been developed more. The visuals are just amazing. This movie is in every way better than the new Star Wars movies.... it has the great futuristic dogfights that were so great in the first 3 SW movies but are missing in the new films, and its effects are better thought out and better done than "Attack of the Clones".

Everybody who likes science fiction or just who likes good old-fashioned movies should see this film. It is suitable for kids and for adults. Very good photography and direction, I think this one will be appreciated by film fans looking to the new fronteirs of filming also. This film gave me some hope, at long last, that Hollywood will not become a wasteland of effects without good story, so I am indeed surprised that many posters here consider it to be just that. To me, this film is a gem.

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