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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Coming Out at 17 September 2004 in theaters.

Action, Adventure, Mystery

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is science fiction action-adventure film written and directed by Kerry Conran in his directorial debut, and produced by Jon Avnet, Sadie Frost, Jude Law and Marsha Oglesby. The film stars Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. It is an example of “Ottensian” (pre-WWII) dieselpunk.

Conran spent four years making a black and white teaser with a bluescreen set up in his living room and using a Macintosh IIci. He was able to show it to Avnet, who was so impressed that Avnet spent two years working with him on his screenplay. No major studio was interested, but Avnet convinced Aurelio De Laurentiis to finance Sky Captain without a distribution deal (a worldwide distribution deal would later happen with Paramount Pictures).

In a technologically-advanced 1939, the zeppelin Hindenburg III moors itself atop the Empire State Building. Aboard the airship is Dr. Jorge Vargas, a scientist who arranges for a package containing two vials to be delivered to Dr. Walter Jennings. The courier looks back while leaving with the vials, to see that Dr. Vargas has vanished.

Polly Perkins, a reporter for The Chronicle, is looking into the disappearances of Vargas and five other renowned scientists. A cryptic message leads her to Radio City Music Hall, against the warnings of her editor, Mr. Paley, where she meets Dr. Jennings during a showing of The Wizard of Oz. He tells her that a Dr. Totenkopf is coming for him next. Suddenly, seemingly indestructible robots attack the city. Clearly outmatched, the authorities call for “Sky Captain” Joe Sullivan, the city’s hero and Perkins’ ex-lover and the commander of the private air force the Flying Legion.

Director: Kerry Conran

Writer: Kerry Conran

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling


Gwyneth PaltrowPolly Perkins
Jude LawSky Captain
Giovanni RibisiDex
Michael GambonEditor Paley
Bai LingMysterious Woman
Omid DjaliliKaji
Laurence OlivierDr. Totenkopf (archive footage)
Angelina JolieFranky
Trevor BaxterDr. Jennings
Julian CurryDr. Vargas
Peter LawDr. Kessler
Jon RumneyGerman Scientist
Khan BonfilsCreepy
Samta GyatsoScary
Louis HilyerExecutive Officer
Mark WellsCommunications Engineer
James CashUniformed Officer
Tenzin BhagenKalacakra Priest
Thupten TsondruDying Old Man
Matthew GrantCrewman #1
Steve MorphewCrewman #2
Nancy CraneReceptionist
Stuart MilliganPolice Sergeant
Paul CanterPolice Officer
Demetri GoritsasRadio Operator
William HopeAmerican Broadcaster
Jonathan KeebleBritish Broadcaster
Stephane CornicardFrench Broadcaster
Stephen BallantyneGerman Broadcaster
Victor SobchakRussian Broadcaster
Mido HamadaSoldier
Gerard MonacoTechnician
Chris RobsonHindenburg Porter
Matthew CoulterHindenburg Boy
Merritt YohnkaConstruction Worker
James BannonVoice Actor
Karl ChampleyPilot
David DecioPilot
Matthew FeitshansOfficer
Charlotte KyleHindenberg Passenger
Sky SoleilOfficer
Chuen TsouBuddhist Monk

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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