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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

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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Editor Paley
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Mysterious Woman
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Dr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
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Creepy
Samta Gyatso ...
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Louis Hilyer ...
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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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Rated PG for sequences of stylized sci-fi violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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17 September 2004 (USA)  »

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The World of Tomorrow  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,760,080 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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The first screening of the finished film was shown to a select audience on 22 July 2004 at the San Diego Comic-Con. On July 24, Jude Law, 'Ling Bai', Giovanni Ribisi, Kerry Conran, Jon Avnet, and Marsha Oglesby appeared in a panel to promote the film. See more »

Goofs

Several problems with the camera Polly is using, the Argus C3. (Produced from 1939 to 1966, there are thousands still in use, including one this author has had for 50 years.) 1. It was released in October 1939, yet Polly was in possession of it when Wizard of Oz was released in August of that year. 2. She is shown taking flash pictures with it, with no flash unit attached. (She would have to take the camera out of its carry case to attach the gun-grip flash.) 3. If not meant as a joke, you can't take a picture with one "with the lens cap on" as it didn't have one - the full case (which they had severely modified for the movie) has the "lens cap" built in to its cover. 4. She is shown taking picture after picture without winding. 5. She is never shown "cocking" the shutter, which is powered by a spring release mechanism. 6. The metal "frame counter" may be from the older model C2, but the C2 was incapable of using a flash unit at all. 7. The digital frame counter shown (when Polly complained she only had two shots left) never existed - only the frame counter wheel (which does correctly shows only two shots remaining.) See more »

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[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 »

Connections

References The Iron Giant (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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