Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Kerry Conran
Production: Paramount
  8 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Attention. Please prepare

for docking procedure.

There's a package for you,

Miss Perkins.

They didn't leave a name.

- Said it was important.

- Thank you.

I don't like this business

you're getting yourself into.

I'll be just fine, Mr. Paley.

You know what a careful girl I am.

I move my mouth, words come out,

you don't hear.

- I'm late for a movie.

- I don't like it when you smile at me.

You don't like my smile?

I don't like what's behind it.

Listen, Polly, six scientists are missing,

probably dead.

Somebody out there means business.

I don't want you in the middle of it.

It's only a movie, Mr. Paley.

I'll bring you some popcorn.

Toto, I have a feeling

we're not in Kansas anymore.

We must be over the rainbow.

You sent me this?

Who are you?

- What's this all about, Mr...?

- Doctor.

Dr. Walter Jennings.

I'm a research chemist.

I specialize in nucleic-acid emissions.

The bonding enzymes

in proteus molecules which...

The missing scientists.

You said you knew who was next.

Yes, I...

I have a deadline to meet, doctor.

I was one of seven scientists

chosen to serve in a secret facility

stationed outside of Berlin

before the start of the First World War.

It was known only as Einheit Elf,

"Unit 11."

We agreed never to discuss

what went on behind those doors.

The things we were made

to do there...

Terrible things.

- I shouldn't have come.

- Now I know we're not in Kansas.

Are you a good witch

or a bad witch?

Doctor, you said you knew

who was next.


Don't you see?

- There is only one left.

- Who? Who is it, doctor?


He's coming for me.

Who? Who's coming?


It's Totenkopf.


All citizens, attention.

New York City

must be evacuated at once.

Proceed in an orderly manner

to the East River Drive.

All members of the police and fire

department on leave or off duty

shall report immediately to their

precincts or company command.

This is urgent.

- Editor Paley.

- Mr. Paley, it's me, Polly.

What's going on? They're calling

for midtown to evacuate.

Listen, Mr. Paley,

I don't have much time.

I need you to dig up anything you can

on a Dr. Walter Jennings

and someone named Totenkopf.

An address, a phone number,

anything you can find. It's important.

Totenkopf. Who is he?

He may have something to do

with the missing scientists.

Quick as you can.

Polly, listen to me.

I want you to get out of there.

I want you to put the phone down,

close your notepad

and get the hell out of there.

Wait a minute.

I can see something now coming

into sight above the Palisades.

They're crossing Sixth Avenue.

Fifth Avenue.

They're a hundred...

They're a hundred yards away.

Polly. Polly!

Oh, my God.




Stop! Come back!


Get out of here!

They've broken through the perimeter.

Send reinforcements.

Send everything you've got!

Emergency protocol 90206. Calling

Sky Captain. Come in, Sky Captain.

Repeat. Calling Sky Captain.

Come in, Sky Captain.

This is an emergency

protocol, 90206.

Calling Sky Captain.

Sky Captain, do you read?

Calling Sky Captain.

Come in, Sky Captain.

This is an emergency

protocol, 90206.

Calling Sky Captain.

Sky Captain, do you read?

Repeat. Calling Sky Captain.

Come in, Sky Captain.

This is Sky Captain. I'm on my way.



Further details of the attack

continue to pour in.

The central portion of the city is

blacked out from radio communication

due to damaged power lines

and electrical failure.

Cables received from English, French

and German news agencies

now confirm the attack

was not limited to the city.

The BBC is reporting

that a steel mill in Nuremberg

was virtually excavated

by what witnesses describe

as a mechanized tornado.

News agencies in Paris and Madrid

speak of strange burrowing machines

rising from the ground,

robbing entire communities

of their coal and oil reserves.

Meanwhile, with military resources

stretched thin across the globe,

world leaders

must once again call upon

the elite mercenary forces

of Sky Captain and his army-for-hire

to uncover the meaning

of these mysterious events.

Where's Dex?


I thought you said this thing was big.

Can I have it?

You find out where it came from,

and I'll buy you one for Christmas.

Oh, I need to show you something.

I recorded this signal just before

the first machine appeared.

I didn't think anything of it

until I played it back.

- Morse code?

- See, that's what I thought at first,

but the syntax

is more complex than that.

There's a sub-carrier hidden

in the lower frequency.

I think it's being used

to control them.

If it shows up again,

could you track it?

I can try, yeah.

- Good boy, Dex.

- Thanks.

In the meantime,

see what you can do with that thing.

Find out what makes it tick.

- You don't mind, do you?

- I don't mind.

I wanna know where it comes from,

Dex. Who sent it here.

Switch to map coordinate

Tummy ache?

How you been, Joe?

- Miss me?

- Get out.

Well, it's nice to see you too.

Dex said you might be in a mood.


Get in here!

It's been three years, Joe.

You're not still mad at me, are you?

Can't even remember

what we were fighting about.

You sabotaged my plane.


I spent six months in a Manchurian

slave camp because of you.

- They were gonna cut off my fingers.

- Joe,

for the last time, I didn't sabotage

your damn airplane.

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Kerry Conran

Kerry Scott Conran (born November 6, 1964) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for creating and directing the 2004 pulp science fiction film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. more…

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