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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:
... Polly Perkins
... Sky Captain
... Dex
... Editor Paley
... Mysterious Woman
... Kaji
... Dr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
... Franky
... Dr. Jennings
Julian Curry ... Dr. Vargas
Peter Law ... Dr. Kessler
... German Scientist
Khan Bonfils ... Creepy
Samta Gyatso ... Scary
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world will tremble this September! 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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$37,760,080, 19 December 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Polly's article reporting the disappearance of Dr. Vargas reads: "NEW YORK-German Scientist and mechanical engineer Professor Jorge Vargas mysteriously vanished after arriving in New York aboard the Hindenburg III. Prof. Vargas was scheduled to lecture at the American assembly with two other scientists. This marks the third disappearance in as many months of important figures in the science community. Demands have been made for a resolution to this problem. Prof. Vargas was to deliver a paper on efforts in Norway and South Africa." See more »


After the P-40 surfaces on Totenkopf's island, Polly sees the plane's registration "h-11-od" reflected in the water and one of the dashes is has moved, it reads "po-l-ly". Also a reflection flips the image upside down (like "y-ll-oq"), it does not rotate it 180 degrees. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Stardust (2007) See more »


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

Movie has a very interesting look and feel
27 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had not read about the movie before watching it and was fascinated within the first several minutes and continued to enjoy it through to the end. This movie's unique look and feel is its primary vehicle.

If you are looking for a sophisticated plot, this movie was not made for you. The plot and acting were adequate enough to avoid ruining the visual picture. The makers applied a comic book feel to the movie that allowed for softer edges and sepia tones, both with the animated sets and the human characters. If a set does not look completely realistic, the viewer is not troubled because the set is consistent with everything you see in the movie.

Anyone who has ever edited video or worked with animation would have to appreciate the visual art and quality of this movie. Otherwise, it contains a decent story that would be worth watching at least once.

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