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Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer's familiar preoccupation with themes of concealed identity and mind control. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in the year 2054. Anderton works for "Precrime," a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed the actual crime. Precrime bases its work on the visions of three psychics or "precogs" whose prophecies of future events are never in ...
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Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer's familiar preoccupation with themes of concealed identity and mind control. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in the year 2054. Anderton works for "Precrime," a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed the actual crime. Precrime bases its work on the visions of three psychics or "precogs" whose prophecies of future events are never in error. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as the future killer of a man he's never met, he is forced to become a fugitive from his own colleagues as he tries to uncover the mystery of the victim-to-be's identity. When he kidnaps Agatha Samantha Morton, one of the precogs, he begins to formulate a theory about a possible frame-up from within his own department. Directed by Steven Spielberg, who hired a team of futurists to devise the film's numerous technologically advanced gadgets, Minority Report co-stars Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Neal McDonough.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Chalk up another triumph for Steven Spielberg, whose latest sci-fi effort ranks among his very best films. Minority Report, a futuristic thriller based on a story by author Philip K. Dick Blade Runner, is also something of a tour de force for Tom Cruise. He plays police officer John Anderton, whose "future crimes" task force uses scientific technology and psychic premonitions to identify contemplated crimes and arrest the would-be perpetrators before they follow through with them. This expansive, revolutionary approach to law enforcement, overseen by visionary Lamar Burgess Max von Sydow, seems to be foolproof -- until Anderton himself is identified as the potential murderer of a man he’s never met. Minority Report’s script synthesizes sci-fi stories, psychological thrillers, and police procedurals; the result is a complex melodrama that plays out like a particularly intricate whodunit. Spielberg’s trademark virtuosity manifests itself in the film’s striking visuals and elaborately staged action sequences. But the muscular performances of Cruise, von Sydow, and Colin Farrell as a skeptical cop who becomes Anderton’s nemesis -- along with those of supporting players Lois Smith, Tim Blake Nelson, and Steve Harris -- keep the story’s human element in the forefront and prevent the film from becoming an extravagantly produced piece of eye candy. To those disappointed by Spielberg’s previous genre offering, A.I., Minority Report will be seen as a much-welcome return to form.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In adapting one of Philip K. Dick's dystopian tales, Steven Spielberg has a tough act to follow after Blade Runner (1982) survived its box office death via E.T. (1982) to become one of the 1980s' most revered films. Rising to the challenge in eye candy and entertainment, if not philosophical depth, Minority Report (2002) finds Spielberg in top action form. With the desaturated photography lending a steely-gray cast to the deliriously high-tech activity, Spielberg neatly lays out the workings of the ominously potent Precrime outfit that sacrifices the freedom of the individual for the safety of all. The film really kicks into gear, however, once Tom Cruise's Precrime honcho John Anderton is fingered by the super-psychic Pre-Cogs and, true to Cruise form, runs. The pure cinematic pleasure in Cruise's adrenaline-rush escape from spirited G-man nemesis Colin Farrell through Washington D.C. is matched by his arrival at the lushly verdant mutant paradise cultivated by Precrime godmother Lois Smith; the rampant product placement throughout becomes a witty comment on the perils of bureaucratic omniscience. Spielberg sabotages the ending, however, by refusing to let the audience get a thought in edgewise. After over-explaining the paradoxes of Precrime, Spielberg and company negate the prior 90 minutes of sublimely bleak sci-fi noir by giving Cruise his obligatory star hero moment before ending on a vision of bucolic freedom strikingly at odds with the story's apparent implications. Sleekly crafted nevertheless, Minority Report is still an engaging walk on the safely Spielbergian dark side.
New York Times
The film is magnificently creepy, a calculated bad dream that stays with you like the best of Roger Corman. Elvis Mitchell
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill.
Hollywood Reporter
One of [Spielberg's] most compelling and entertaining films ever. Kirk Honeycutt
San Francisco Chronicle
This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic. Mick LaSalle

The film is magnificently creepy, a calculated bad dream that stays with you like the best of Roger Corman. Elvis Mitchell
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • UPC: 032429131041
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Officer John Anderton
Colin Farrell Danny Witwer
Samantha Morton Agatha
Max von Sydow Director Lamar Burgess
Lois Smith Dr. Iris Hineman
Peter Stormare Dr. Solomon Eddie
Tim Blake Nelson Gideon
Steve Harris Jad
Kathryn Morris Lara Clarke
Mike Binder Leo Crow
Daniel London Wally the Caretaker
Spencer Treat Clark Sean at nine
Neal McDonough Fletcher
Jessica Capshaw Evanna
Patrick Kilpatrick Knott
Jessica Harper Anne Lively
Ashley Crow Sarah Marks
Arye Gross Howard Marks
Jason Antoon Rufus Riley
Joel Gretsch
Dominic Scott Kay
Caroline Lagerfelt
Victor Raider-Wexler
Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director
Ramsey Avery Art Director
Denise Chamian Casting
Jonathan Cohen Screenwriter
Bonnie Curtis Producer
Jan de Bont Producer
Michael Doven Associate Producer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Gary Goldman Executive Producer
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Gerald R. Molen Producer
Walter Parkes Producer
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Shusett Executive Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Red Ball/Main Title
2. The Arrest of Howard Marks
3. Clarity
4. Pre-Determination
5. Can You See?
6. Ann Lively
7. Case 1109
8. Everybody Runs
9. Auto Assembly Line
10. History of the Precogs
11. Minority Reports
12. Eyeworks
13. Public Pool
14. The Spyders
15. Agatha Is the Key
16. Downloading Agatha
17. Balloon Man
18. Leo Crow
19. An Echo
20. So Much Love in This House
21. All Thumbs
22. A World Without Murder
23. Forgive Me, John
24. In Peace/End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      From Story to Screen: The Story, the Debate
      From Story to Screen: The Players
      Archives
         Production Concepts
            Precrime
            Hovership
            Hoversuit
            Hall of Containment
            Spyders
            Precog
            Cyberparlor
            Buildings Architecture
            Roadway Systems
            Vehicles
               Mag-Lev
               Sports Car
               Extras
            City Apartment
            Greenhouse Plants
            Objects
         Cast
            Tom Cruise
            Colin Farrell
            Samantha Morton
            Max Von Sydow
            Kathryn Morris
            Lois Smith
            Peter Stormare
            Tim Blake Nelson
         Filmmakers
            Steven Spielberg
            Scott Frank
            Jon Cohen
            Gerald R. Molen
            Bonnie Curtis
            Walter F. Parkes
            Janusz Kaminski, ASC
            Scott Farrar
            Alex McDowell
            Michael Kahn A.C.E.
            Deborah L. Scott
            John Williams
         Production Notes
   Scene Index
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby Digital [English]
      2.0 Dolby Surround [English]
      5.1 Dolby Digital [French]
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    22nd Century Crime Prevention.

    This was a riveting tale of the "precrime" unit in Washington, D.C. Tom Cruise is the head of the "precrime" unit that has the responsibility of stopping crime before it occurs. There are many twists and turns to accomplishing this daunting task. Yet, this unit is determined to keep the rate of crime low. What crime have they targeted for this special unit? What could the possible flaws of this "precrime" unit be? What could happen if the flaws are not addressed? Watch this DVD and you will learn some new crime prevention ways. This DVD has violence, language, and graphic images that you may find you do not want to expose youth under 17 to; this statement is just a caution about the nature of the story. Great storyline and character development help this to be a fascinating DVD; it is a little different from the short story it was adapted from by Philip K. Dick, yet it was still worth watching

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A smart and intelligent film that really got me thinking

    In the not too distant future, murder has become a crime that can be prevented. The division of Pre-Crime uses three psychics, known as “Precogs” to predict when and where a murder might take place. The division has a 100% success rate and the murder rate has dropped to an unprecedented zero percent. The Justice Department is considering taking over the program to make Pre-crime a national program and sends in an investigator (Colin Farrell) to see if the program is all they hope it is. Jon Anderton (Tom Cruise) carries a great deal of pain over the abduction of his son 6 years ago and is clinging to the hope that he can survive by pushing himself to make sure Pre-crime doesn’t fail. He feels if it had been ongoing at the time his son was abducted, the devastating event may have never occurred. When Anderton learns that he has been predicted to commit a murder in the next 72 hours, he is on the run from the very people he called friends. Spielberg directs this sci-fi masterpiece that is based on a story by legendary futurist author Phillip K Dick, who also has written Total Recall, Blade Runner, Freejack, Paycheck and Screamers. Spielberg used a team of futurists to design the conceptual art, clothing, weapons and methods of transportation of the Washington D.C. of the future and the effort pays off big time. There was also considerable attention paid to what our dreams would actually look like to us on film which I thought was very neat and very interesting. This is a great Sci-fi film with an emotional storyline and a thought-provoking plot involving free will, predestination and the ever-changing human condition. PG-13: Violence, Sexual Content, and Language

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was good for the first half...

    Well... I liked it for the first half, but after that it started getting disgusting. I mean Eyeballs rolling around isn't exactly pleasent to look at. But I have to say the plot is amazing! I give a thumbs up to whoever thought of this kinda story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A bomb? Afraid not...

    Minority Report is a spectacular Sci-fi ride that may only be for the "intelligent". This movie is slick and well thought out. A cool realistic Sci-fi version of the future for sure. This movie was far from a "bomb" as a another reviewer suggests in a previous review... he or she may have disliked it... but a "bomb"... no. Minority Report was critically aclaimed and did well at the box office and in DVD sales. Tom Cruise was outstanding and proves once again that he is one of Hollywood's most under rated actors who doesn't get enough credit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprising ending

    I had to admit, I was thrown by the ending. I have always liked Cruise, and I think he did a good job with this flick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a mess!

    I'm sorry, Roger Ebert and everyone else who liked this. I thought it was a complete mess. It's the first movie I ever gave up on before it was done. About three quarters of the way through, I realized what an unfulfilling time I was having. Being a huge Spielberg fan (two of my all-time favorite movie are his), this made me realize that even he comes up with a bomb on occasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Plain Awes0me!!

    This is an action-packed movie that will keep you glued to you seat. But you have to see it to ''get it'' It's a great movie that everyone can enjoy from beginning to end. It's just awes0me! No boring parts, no going to the bathroom, you just can't....I've watched it hundreds of times, that's how much I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie, a must see!

    Based on Philip K. Dick's short story, Minority Report stars Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a cop working for ''Precrime'' in 2054 Washington D.C. Interesting twist on ''thoughtcrime'' and great special effects from Steven Spielberg!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very good scifi movie

    Steven Spielberg once again impressed me with these special effects

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome Movie!

    Tom Cruise did a great job in this movie! So did Colin Farrel. I liked it because I thought it was cool how they could look into the future and predict when Murders are going to happen. It had a great plot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly scary prospect for the future of law enforcement

    Spielberg and Cruise work together in this futuristic science fiction movie about a new way of law enforcement in 2054 Washington, called ''Precrime''. Cruise plays tormented cop, John Anderton, whose son was kidnapped years earlier and now it influences all future decisions. Samantha Morton plays ''Agatha'', one of the precogs who ''sees'' crimes before they ''happen'' and does an oustanding job.(One wonders why she never speaks out about the slavery imposed on her by the Precrime system.) The special effects and human elements make this a very good story. Watch out for the gory bit about the eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful movie!

    Spielberg and Cruise have done it again in this fast paced sci fi movie. Cruise plays Anderton, a cop in 2054 Washington who runs ''Precrime'' The agency purports to prevent murders. Problems arise when Cruise is ''seen'' by the ''precogs'' who work in the agency. Special effects are awesome and the product placements are made a for a good giggle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Those Who Care

    Spielberg cooks up some pap for us with a nicely tinited sci-fi film about the dangers of a world where John Ashcroft is allowed to run amok. Naturally there is the usual daddy-child junk going on which is de riguer in the ''valuable lesson'' department of his entire oeuvre. But this one has no meat on the bones. Nice people, pretty pictures. There is one beautiful thing about this film: Max von Sydow showing every gentleman amateur and Mr. Twenty-Million Dollar Cruise how a real pro takes fecal dialogue and makes something out of it. Every scene should be required viewing for students of James Lipton. The seven minutes he is on screen is a tribute at the altar of Thespus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A happy dystopia?

    This could have been a great film. The movie gives a twist to thoughtcrime and constant electronic surveillance by adding a foundation of commercialism (and you thought pop-ups were annoying). But unfortunately, no one seemed to tell Spielberg that the society was supposed to be a dystopia. Instead, this film becomes yet another shallow and sentimental cop-out. If you like Blade Runner, watch this one without the final fifteen minutes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Flick, Happy Chic

    The title says it all...Yet you have to see it to 'get it'...I was amazed to find an action flic that both my action-fan husband and I could enjoy together. This was truely a thriller, with a thick plot, chemistry between characters and Tom Cruise! What more could a girl ask for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie of the Year

    A stellar dystopian movie of our futuristic America, Minority Report deals with the myriad problems we will face as technology becomes more powerful. Breeches the subject of nanotechnology in a popular film... For a good read about a similar 1984-style book on nanotechnology, I recommend CONQUEST OF PARADISE by Britt Gillette, a fictional account of the assembler breakthrough. The problems of Minority Report may come sooner than we think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KEPT ME THINKING

    YOU COULD NOT TAKE YOUR EYES AWAY FROM THE TV FOR EVEN A MINUTE. THINGS KEPT MOVING FORWARD CONSTANTLY. NO BORING SPOTS FOR BATHROOM BREAKS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Crock

    A movie that begins well enough as a lean mean tech noir machine, but then gets bogged down in an all-too predictable conspiracy plot and mushy family friendly happy ending. At least one plot hole that you could drive a planet through, and some really juvenile attempts at gross-out humor don't help matters much. It has delusions of relevance, of having a SERIOUS MESSAGE, but whatever that message is has been buried under enough high tech art-direction and CGI to effectively obscure it. A bore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spielburg has done it again!

    Once again, Spielburg has given us another excellent film to treasure. What a great nailbiting thriller this is! Even if you don't like sci-fi movies you will probably love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This movie kept up a great sense of suspense and action throughout. There was never a scene where you absolutly knew what was going to happen until it did.

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