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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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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 Battle for Tomorrow is About to Begin... 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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The logo for the Flying Legion is a winged lion with a banner reading "Ille Caelum Fremitus", which is Latin for "Yon roaring of the skies". The Latin form "caelum" is an unusual, poetic contraction of "caelorum". See more »


The bones of the doctor who was burned to the bones before Totenkopf's message are gone when the camera zooms in at the steel walkway. 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 THX 1138 (1971) See more »


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

I'm sorry I love it, I just can't help it...
16 November 2007 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

This movie is somewhat the opposite of "Sin City". Sin City was a movie liked by everyone and made me feel stupid for not liking it. Sky Captain is the opposite I guess, despised by everyone and made me feel immature by liking it. But the movie is just too good not to like, sorry guys.

It gives the great atmosphere of old cinema plus comic books, and it does so perfectly using flying funny looking evil robots, strange laser guns, and comic-book like dialog. And it was the first time I said to myself "wow, Angelina Jolie is actually a good actress". She's nothing like her boob-flashing movies.

And story? For me a story is good as long as it's not boring. And this is a comic-book adaptation, it was MEANT to be silly, and it didn't bother me at all since I was busy enjoying the film. If u're a stiff businessman with no shred of child imagination and if u even hated Star Wars saying "hey, this can't happen in real life", then don't watch this movie. If u're a comic-books fan, watch it and love it. It has a great atmosphere, great visual effects, and it's exciting. And it's fun to watch.

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