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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

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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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As a reporter covers a story on a missing scientist, giant robots attack New York City.

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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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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)


$37,760,080 (USA) (17 December 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interior of Radio City Music Hall is actually not computer generated; rather, the background is comprised of digital photographs taken by Darin Hollings and Eric Adkins, merged together to create a panorama backdrop. The same was done for the lobby of The Chronicle building, which was actually a combination of multiple different building interiors edited together. See more »


In the sequence where the winged robots attack on the military base, Sky Captain chases the lead robot. During his pursuit, he flies his P-40 airplane over an exploding Zeppelin. He is clearly flying above the fiery Zeppelin in one shot, but in the next shot, the P-40 appears to be below the zeppelin. See more »


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

Laurence Olivier is given a major on-screen credit, despite only being in the film through archive footage and having another actor voice his character's lines. See more »


References Marathon Man (1976) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Jane Monheit
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
Jane Monheit appears courtesy of Sony Classical
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User Reviews

Movie has a very interesting look and feel
27 November 2004 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

I had not read about the movie before watching it and was fascinated within the first several minutes and continued to enjoy it through to the end. This movie's unique look and feel is its primary vehicle.

If you are looking for a sophisticated plot, this movie was not made for you. The plot and acting were adequate enough to avoid ruining the visual picture. The makers applied a comic book feel to the movie that allowed for softer edges and sepia tones, both with the animated sets and the human characters. If a set does not look completely realistic, the viewer is not troubled because the set is consistent with everything you see in the movie.

Anyone who has ever edited video or worked with animation would have to appreciate the visual art and quality of this movie. Otherwise, it contains a decent story that would be worth watching at least once.

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