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Minority Report (2002)

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In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

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Steven Spielberg

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Philip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Chief John Anderton
Max von Sydow ... Director Lamar Burgess
Steve Harris ... Jad
Neal McDonough ... Fletcher
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Knott
Jessica Capshaw ... Evanna
Richard Coca ... Pre-Crime Cop
Keith Campbell ... Pre-Crime Cop
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Pre-Crime Cop
Klea Scott ... Pre-Crime Cop
Frank Grillo ... Pre-Crime Cop
Anna Maria Horsford ... Casey
Sarah Simmons Sarah Simmons ... Lamar Burgess' Secretary
Eugene Osment ... Jad's Technician
James Henderson ... Office Worker
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Storyline

In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad "Precrime". They use three gifted humans (called "Pre-Cogs") with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system's flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn't even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery's core by finding out the 'minority report' which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that "might" tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent. Written by Soumitra

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What would you do if you were accused of a murder, you had not committed... yet? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Sight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,677,125, 23 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$132,072,926

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,372,926
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At the police station, the officers talk about the metaphysical proof of precognition. Chief Anderton (Tom Cruise) rolls a red ball along a table to demonstrate the law of cause and effect to Detective Witwer (Colin Farrell). All of this is an allusion to the famous claim of philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), that by observing billiard balls you can actually demonstrate that cause and effect does not exist but is merely a habitually created fiction of the mind. See more »

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The movie is set in 2054, but the hotel registry has "44" as a recent date. See more »

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Gideon: Careful, Chief. Dig up the past, all you get is dirty.
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Menuet, Allegro ma non troppo
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You still have a choice...
21 June 2002 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors around today who can still manipulate an audience in one sense while dazzling and daring that same audience with storytelling and character skills fused with ingenious visual effects. Minority Report is a shining example of that, which also has the grace of having an intelligent concept to start with, which so many sci-fi films lack much less summer sci-fi films (look at MIB2 to see what I mean), and also better than average acting.

Cruise takes the lead role here as John Anderton, who leads, more or less, the agency of police that prevent all murders on the basis of predictions from three Pre-Cogs (one of them Samantha Morton who has the most important role of the three). The system is presumably perfect, until to the surprise of Anderton, he is seen to commit a murder and so starts his quest to try and find out if there is a flaw in thirty six hours. This could be the basis for average sci-fi fodder (Impostor, a film based on another Philip K. Dick story that came out earlier this year, is an point of that), yet Spielberg elevates a story and creates a unique atmosphere to coexist with his characters; by the time the film is HALF way through you'll be exhausted in entertainment.

Bottom line, this is the type of picture to see twice, first to get the feel and presence, and the second to clear up any misunderstandings in the plot (or maybe to avoid Scooby Doo and Windtalkers), since this is indeed one of the best pictures of the year and one of Spielberg's best recent pictures. Grade: A+ or A


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