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Encyclopedia > Minority Report (movie)
Minority Report
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Philip K. Dick (novel)
Scott Frank, Joe Cohen
Starring Tom Cruise
Colin Farrell
Produced by Jan de Bont
Distributed by DreamWorks SKG
Twentieth Century Fox
Release date June 19, 2002 (premiere)
Runtime 145 min.
Language English
Budget $102,000,000
IMDb page

Minority Report is a 2002 film by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton,Kathryn Morris, and Colin Farrell. It is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name. Minority Report movie poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... Tom Cruise as seen on the poster for the 2001 film Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA) is an American film actor and producer who has starred in a number of top-grossing movies. ... Colin Farrell Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor born in Castleknock, Dublin. ... Jan de Bont, (born October 22, 1943). ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 195 days remaining. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio but raised in the suburbs of Haddonfield, New Jersey and Scottsdale, Arizona), is an American film director whose films range from science fiction to historical drama to horror. ... Tom Cruise as seen on the poster for the 2001 film Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA) is an American film actor and producer who has starred in a number of top-grossing movies. ... Max Carl Adolf von Sydow  listen? (born on April 10, 1929) is a Swedish actor, known in particular for his collaboraton with Ingmar Bergman. ... Samantha Morton in In America Samantha Morton (born May 13, 1977 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England) is a British actress. ... Kathryn Morris (born January 28, 1969) is an American actress. ... Colin Farrell Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor born in Castleknock, Dublin. ... Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... Minority Report is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick first published in 1956. ...


Minority Report is one of several movies based on stories by Dick. The film renders a much more detailed view of a near-term future world than that present in the original short story, with depictions of a number of technologies related to the movie's themes. The film also omits certain story details (no punch cards for example). While the film's roots make it a science fiction film, it mixes in elements of a number of different genres, particularly film noir, mystery, thriller and action / adventure. Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... The punch card (or Hollerith card) is a recording medium for holding information for use by automated data processing machines. ... Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction as a genre of film making has been an element of the cinema experience since the earliest days of the motion picture industry. ... A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... Film noir is a style of film associated with crime films that developed in the United States during World War II that featured people acting out of desparation in a bleak and morally ambiguous world. ... Mystery fiction is a distinct subgenre of detective fiction that entails the occurrence of an unknown event which requires the protagonist to make known (or solve). ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... Movie poster for Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond movie. ...

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Plot

Minority Report is set in Washington, DC during the year 2054. Thanks to three "precogs" and technology built around their ability to see murders before they happen, the city has gone six years without a murder. The group making use of the precogs is called the "Department of Pre-Crime"; the police officers and detectives within the department are empowered to act on their foreknowledge, arresting people who are about to commit a murder, and imprisoning them without a trial in a "Hall of Containment" using technology even crueler than that used to make use of the precogs. The department chief is played by Cruise, with von Sydow playing his boss. Morton plays the senior precog, nicknamed Agatha (after Agatha Christie; the nicknames of the other two, Dashiell and Arthur, are also references to the themes of the film). Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... (Redirected from 2054) (20th century - 21st century - 22nd century - other centuries) Definition In calendars based on the Christian Era or Common Era, such as the Gregorian calendar, the 21st century is the current century, as of this writing, lasting from 2000-2099. ... Precognition is a form of extra-sensory perception which allows a percipient to perceive information about future places or events before they happen (as opposed to merely predicting them based on deductive reasoning and current knowledge). ... Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE (September 15, 1890–January 12, 1976), was a British crime fiction writer. ... ’’ Raymond Chandler, in The Simple Art of Murder Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. ... Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930) is the British author most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. ...


The country is about to vote on expanding the Pre-Crime program nationally, which brings in the Department of Justice. Farrell plays an observer from that department, whose concerns about Pre-Crime could be motivated as much by a desire to advance his own career as from doubt about the constitutionality and absolute certainty of the Pre-Crime process and the people who run it. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. ...


The title of the movie refers to a discovery that the chief makes about the pre-cogs: they don't always agree about the future. Since there are three precogs, the "Minority Report" refers to the dissenting opinion, which the process filters out in order to preserve the sense of certainty that von Sydow's character in particular believes is required for the program's success.


The chief's discovery of the existence of minority reports is one of several clues to the mystery which drives most of the film. And it also contributes to the desperation felt by the chief when in the flash of an eye (more literally, the drop of a wooden ball), he goes from being a pre-crime cop to a pre-crime perpetrator. He learns that he is supposed to kill someone he's never met and eventually discovers a conspiracy involving the pre-cogs, an old friend, and the death (six years before) of his little boy.


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Trivia

  • In the portrayal of the future world, there were certain aspects of the imagined technology that gained some attention in the popular computer press. One sequence features Cruise's character using a futuristic graphical user interface, where several wall-sized screens were projected into space in front of a standing Cruise. With a gloved hand, Cruise uses gestures to zoom, shift and manipulate images on the projected screen.
  • The film is full of chase scenes and expensive (though not gratuitous) special effects created by Industrial Light and Magic and other companies. It cost more than $100 million to make, though it made more than three times that in worldwide box office, and sold at least four million copies in its first few months of release on DVD [1].
  • In 1999, Spielberg invited fifteen experts (and the reporter Joel Garreau [2]) to a hotel in Santa Monica, California to brainstorm and flesh out details of a possible "future reality" for the year 2054. The experts included Stewart Brand, Peter Calthorpe, Douglas Coupland, Neil Gershenfeld, biomedical researcher Shaun Jones, Jaron Lanier, and former MIT architecture dean William J. Mitchell [3]. While the discussions didn't change key elements needed for the film's action sequences, they were influential in introducing some of the more utopian aspects of the film, though John Underkoffler, the science and technology advisor for the film, described the film as "much grayer and more ambiguous" than what we envisioned in 1999 [4].
  • Hawthorne Plaza, a mall in Hawthorne, California where several scenes were filmed, is now abandoned [5].
  • A futuristic weapon is featured, which seems to have been designed to be non-lethal. A gun that utilises concentrated sound waves to knock a person off their feet, no doubt then allowing law enforcement officers to move in and arrest a suspect.
  • The 1955 movie, House of Bamboo, can be spotted being played on a projection screen in the scene where we first see Dr. Solomon (the scene shows a man being shot in a Japanese hot-tub).

An example of graphical user interface in Microsoft Windows XP An example of graphical user interface in Apples Mac OS X A graphical user interface (or GUI, pronounced gooey) is a method of interacting with a computer through a metaphor of direct manipulation of graphical images and widgets in... A cyberglove is a glove-like input device for virtual reality environments. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... Industrial Light + Magic (ILM) is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in July 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Joel Garreau (born 1948) is a journalist and author. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California, USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ... Brainstorming (sometimes referred to as Word Storming or Thought Showering) is an organized approach for producing ideas by letting the mind think without interruption. ... (Redirected from 2054) (20th century - 21st century - 22nd century - other centuries) Definition In calendars based on the Christian Era or Common Era, such as the Gregorian calendar, the 21st century is the current century, as of this writing, lasting from 2000-2099. ... Stewart Brand speaking September 5, 2004 Stewart Brand (born December 14, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois) is an author, editor, and creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, CoEvolution Quarterly, and the pioneering online community The WELL. He has also been an appointee to California state government and is one of the... Peter Calthorpe has been named one of twenty five innovators on the cutting edge by Newsweek magazine for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America. ... Douglas Coupland (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian author and cultural commentator, raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Neil Gershenfeld is a professor at MIT and the head of MITs Center for Bits and Atoms, a sister lab spun out of the popular MIT Media Lab. ... Jaron Lanier is an artist, musician, inventor, virtual reality developer, film director, public speaker, and member of the Global Business Network. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a leading research and educational institution -essentially a university- located in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts along the Charles River and across from Bostons Back Bay district. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Hawthorne is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... House of Bamboo is a 1955 color film noir shot in CinemaScope. ...

External links

Feature films directed by Steven Spielberg
1970s: Duel (1971), Something Evil (1972), Savage (1973), The Sugarland Express (1974), Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), 1941 (1979)
1980s: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Always (1989)
1990s: The Visionary (1990), Hook (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Amistad (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Unfinished Journey (1999)
2000s: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Indiana Jones 4 (2006)

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Minority Report Movie Review (1134 words)
His only hope is to find the rumored Minority Report, a forbidden file of previous killings that the psychics were wrong about but has been buried by...
He and Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski filmed Minority Report using Super 35mm film and a laboratory process known as bleach bypass, wherein the grain of the stock comes to the fore and the characters' faces are drained of virtually all color.
Minority Report is rated PG-13 for violence, language, and thematic elements.
MINORITY REPORT (797 words)
Description: Set in 2054, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is freely adapted from a story by Philip K. Dick, with its central premise of "Precrime" law enforcement, totally reliant on three isolated human "precogs" capable (due to drug-related mutation) of envisioning murders before they're committed.
Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor.) A bit like Total Recall, Minority Report eschews some of the plot's more cerebral aspects in favour of action when one of the cops responsible for capturing these future criminals is fingered as a future murderer and goes on the run to prove his future innocence.
Ultimately Minority Report has everything that the latest Star Wars instalment (Attack of the Clones) lacked: competent acting, thrilling action sequences, realistic special effects and a clever screenplay.
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