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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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Dr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
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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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Without Warning. Without Mercy. See more »


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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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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,580,278, 19 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,760,080, 19 December 2004
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Trivia

The devices near the end of the movie that zap the unsuspecting scientist are actual devices called Tesla Coils. Although not used for that purpose, they do arc electicity over the air in a similar fashion. See more »

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On two occasions, Frankie gives the order "All hands on deck" when she means "battle stations" or "general quarters" See more »

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

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Referenced in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Midnight Zone (2012) See more »

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Fairyland
by Herbert Stothart
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
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Visuals And Audio Are Incredble; Story Is So-So
4 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wow, what an amazing visual film. Being someone who loves cinematography and artwork in general, I acquired this film quickly after hearing about it. I wasn't disappointed, except for the story which was just so-so.

Almost the whole film is computerized and almost has a painting-like look to it. In fact, many scenes look as if Edward Hopper had painted them. Yet, it is a live-action movie with real actors whose faces aren't altered, except for Gywneth Paltrow's hair which is made more blondish and shimmering.

Story-wise, it's nothing special, just a corny old-time serial story about someone using high-tech robots and spaceships to take over the planet. The time period, however, is pre-World War II so to see this futuristic type of robot is a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, it's a strictly old-fashioned sci-fi story with little profanity and, except for the robots, a great retro look.

Going back to that "look," this film is still very worthy of viewing because it's absolutely stunning to see. There truly is nothing quite like it. I'm sorry it didn't do well at the box office because that won't encourage others to make more of these visually-inventive kind of films. This must look beyond incredible on an expensive plasma TV set!

Also notable is the sound. The better the sound system you have, the more you will be blown away with the audio here. It's as good as the visuals. If only the story was as good!


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