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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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Editor Paley
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Mysterious Woman
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Kaji
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Dr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
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Dr. Jennings
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Dr. Kessler
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German Scientist
Khan Bonfils ...
Creepy
Samta Gyatso ...
Scary
Louis Hilyer ...
Executive Officer
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Storyline

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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robot | scientist | reporter | captain | pilot | See more »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$160,598 (Australia) (11 February 2005)

Gross:

$646,403 (Australia) (11 February 2005)
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The theatrical trailer uses music by David Arnold from Stargate (1994). See more »

Goofs

Headlines in German newspaper shown after the attack of the robots is full of errors. Main headline is "Sehr Grosse Metallc Maschinen Stehlen Stehlen Reserven" which translates to "Very Big Metallk Machines Steal Steal Reserves". Another headline says "Schlechten Desends Nach Landscape" which means "Bad ??? On Landscape" (the word "Desends" means nothing in German). Furthermore, only the first word and nouns are capitalized in German headlines. This line was probably to mean "Evil Descends to the Land" in which case it should appear as "Das Übel kommt über das Land". The same goes for Russian newspaper that is titled "Voice People's" and shows headline full of semantical and grammatical errors ("Gigantic Metallic Nation's Reserves Steals Machines Coal, Oil and Uranium. National Leader Attempt To Protect Reserves"). See more »

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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 »

Connections

References Buck Rogers (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Jane Monheit
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
Jane Monheit appears courtesy of Sony Classical
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Visuals And Audio Are Incredble; Story Is So-So
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – 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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