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Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 21 June 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief John Anderton
... Director Lamar Burgess
... Jad
... Fletcher
... Knott
... Evanna
... Pre-Crime Cop
... Pre-Crime Cop
... Pre-Crime Cop
... Pre-Crime Cop
... Pre-Crime Cop
... Casey
Sarah Simmons ... Lamar Burgess' Secretary
... Jad's Technician
... Office Worker
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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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The system is perfect until it comes after you. See more »


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

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$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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The adaptation of the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick was originally planned as a sequel to Total Recall (1990) by writers Ronald Shusett and Gary Goldman (later joined by Robert Goethals). The setting was changed to Mars with the Precogs being people mutated by the Martian atmosphere, as established in the first film. The main character was also changed to Douglas Quaid, the man played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The project eventually fell apart but the writers, who still owned the rights to the original story, rewrote the script, removing the elements from "Total Recall". This script was eventually tossed out when writer Jon Cohen was hired in 1997 to start the project over from scratch. The only original element from the early script which made it to the final film is the sequence in the car factory, an idea that Steven Spielberg loved. See more »

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After John's chase in the Lexus, a crouching crewmember in a white shirt is reflected in the car door as it opens. See more »

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Dr. Iris Hineman: It's funny how all living organisms are alike...
[she starts crushing a mutated plant]
Dr. Iris Hineman: ...when the chips are down, when the pressure is on, every creature on the face of the Earth is interested in one thing and one thing only.
Dr. Iris Hineman: [the plant scars her palm] Its own survival.
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References Defending Your Life (1991) See more »

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Symphony No.6 in B Minor (Pathétique) Op. 74
(1893)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker (as Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker)
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH. Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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21 June 2002 | by See 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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