Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Enchantment



In World War II London, a bold American servicewoman named Grizel Dane (Evelyn Keyes) pays a visit to her granduncle, aged General Sir Roland 'Rollo' Dane (David Niven), looking for a place to stay. At first reluctant to disturb his routine, Rollo soon gives in.
Interspersed flashbacks reveal the history of the Dane family. The first takes place when Rollo (Peter Miles) is a child. He and his older siblings, Selina and Pelham (Warwick Gregson), are introduced to Lark Ingoldsby (Gigi Perreau) by their father (Colin Keith-Johnston). He explains that her parents have been killed in a railway accident and that she will be living with them as a member of the family. Selina immediately resents the newcomer.

Directed byIrving Reis
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Screenplay byJohn Patrick
Based onTake Three Tenses, A Fugue in Time
1945 novel
by Rumer Godden
StarringDavid Niven
Teresa Wright
Evelyn Keyes
Farley Granger
Narrated byWilliam Johnstone
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyGregg Toland
Edited byDaniel Mandell
Production
company
Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • December 11, 1948
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Source: Wikipedia

Mortdecai



Lord Charlie Mortdecai, an unscrupulous art dealer and swindler, is accosted in Hong Kong by one of his victims, a gangster named Fang. Jock, Mortdecai's faithful manservant, extricates his master before they can be killed by Fang's gunmen. They return to London, where Mortdecai and his wife, Johanna, consider ways to pay off their crushing debt. A painting by Francisco Goya becomes the target of an elaborate theft which results in the murders of an art restorer and one of the thieves.

Directed byDavid Koepp
Produced by
  • Christi Dembrowski
  • Johnny Depp
  • Andrew Lazar
Screenplay byEric Aronson
Based onDon't Point that Thing at Me
by Kyril Bonfiglioli
Starring
  • Johnny Depp
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Olivia Munn
  • Paul Bettany
  • Jeff Goldblum
Narrated byJohnny Depp
Music by
  • Geoff Zanelli
  • Mark Ronson
CinematographyFlorian Hoffmeister
Edited byJill Savitt
Derek Ambrosi
Production
company
  • Infinitum Nihil
  • Mad Chance Productions
  • Odd Lot Entertainment
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million
Box office$30.4 million

Source: Wikipedia

Absolute Beginners





The film takes place in 1958, a time in which pop culture is transforming from 1950s jazz and early rock to a new generation on the verge of the 1960s. London is post-World War II, but pre-Beatles/Stones. The storyline incorporates elements of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.
Young photographer Colin falls in love with aspiring fashion designer Crepe Suzette but she's only interested in her career. Colin tries to win her affections by taking a crack at the big time himself. Meanwhile racial tensions heat up in Colin's neighbourhood of London.

Directed byJulien Temple
Written byRichard Burridge
Starring
  • Eddie O'Connell
  • Patsy Kensit
  • David Bowie
  • James Fox
  • Ray Davies
  • Eve Ferret
  • Anita Morris
  • Steven Berkoff
  • Sade Adu
CinematographyOliver Stapleton
Edited byGerry Hambling
Production
company
Goldcrest Films
Virgin Films
Distributed byPalace Pictures (UK)
Orion Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 18 April 1986 (1986-04-18)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£8.4 million
Box office£1.8 million (UK)
$930,211 (USA)

Source: Wikipedia

Predestination




The movie begins in medias res when an agent is about to accomplish a mission by disarming a bomb, but the bomb explodes, burning the agent's face. A man is seen trying to help the agent escape. The agent, while recovering from facial reconstruction, reviews records of various bombing incidents from 1960 through 1975. This suggests that his agency has traveled back in time to try to stop the so-called Fizzle Bomber before 11,000 are killed in a 1975 New York City bombing. When recovered, the agent receives his last assignment.

Directed byMichael Spierig
Peter Spierig
Produced by
  • Paddy McDonald
  • Tim McGahan
  • Michael Spierig
Written by
  • Michael Spierig
  • Peter Spierig
Based on"'—All You Zombies—'"
by Robert A. Heinlein
Starring
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Sarah Snook
  • Noah Taylor
Music byPeter Spierig
CinematographyBen Nott
Edited byMatt Villa
Production
company
  • Blacklab Entertainment
  • Screen Australia
  • Screen Queensland
  • Wolfhound Pictures
Distributed byPinnacle Films
Release dates
  • 8 March 2014 (2014-03-08) (SXSW Film Festival)
  • 28 August 2014 (2014-08-28) (Australia)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4.3 million

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Girls in the Band




“The Girls in the Band” tells the little told, poignant stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their groundbreaking journeys from the late 1920s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them – although perseverance back then all too often meant having to wiggle and jiggle like bowls of jello in cleavage-popping gowns.

Source: Telluride Inside… and Out

The Brass Teapot




The movie follows John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), a down on their luck couple that comes across a magical brass teapot capable of providing them with money. The only catch is that they must harm themselves in order for the teapot to provide. They must then decide what they are willing to do in order to gain financial security.

Directed byRamaa Mosley
Written byTim Macy
StarringJuno Temple
Michael Angarano
Alexis Bledel
Alia Shawkat
Bobby Moynihan
Music byAndrew Hewitt
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • 8 September 2012 (2012-09-08) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$6,997


Source: Wikipedia

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis




Philippe Abrams is the manager of the postal service (La Poste) in Salon-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, in southern France. He is married to Julie, whose depressive character makes his life miserable. Philippe does everything to get a job at an office on the Mediterranean seaside to make her happy. As this favourable position will be granted to somebody who is disabled, Abrams decides to pretend that he is. However, the management finds out. As punishment, he is banished for two years to Bergues, a town near Dunkirk in northern France. Northern France – and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in particular – is considered "the sticks" – a cold and rainy place inhabited by unsophisticated ch'tis who speak a strange language (called "ch'ti" in local parlance, and "cheutimi" in the South). He has to spend his first night at Antoine's place, a co-worker of his. Philippe initially dislikes Antoine for his rude behaviour and because he thinks Antoine is gay (he found photographs of Antoine dressed as a woman, but they were taken during a carnival party). However, later in the film, Antoine and Philippe become best friends.


Directed byDany Boon
Produced byClaude Berri
Jérôme Seydoux
Pathé
Hirsch
Les Productions du Ch'Timi
TF1 Films Production
Written byDany Boon
Alexandre Charlot
Franck Magnier
StarringDany Boon
Kad Merad
Zoé Félix
Music byPhilippe Rombi
Distributed byPathé Distribution
Release dates
  • 20 February 2008 (2008-02-20)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Ch'ti
Budget€ 11 million
(approx US$15.3 million)
Box office$245,144,417
(approx €162,347,296)

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, September 25, 2015

Spare Parts


A group of four Carl Hayden High School students win first place over M.I.T. in a 2004 national robotics competition. The team had only $800 and used car parts but won the competition over several highly funded university teams.
 
Directed by Sean McNamara
Produced by
  • Leslie Kolins Small
  • George Lopez
  • Ben Odell
Written by Elissa Matsueda
Based on La Vida Robot
by Joshua Davis
Starring
  • George Lopez
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Carlos PenaVega
  • Marisa Tomei
Music by Andrés Levin
Cinematography Richard Wong
Edited by Maysie Hoy
Production
company
  • Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment
  • Pantelion Films
  • Televisa Films
  • Circle of Confusion
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • January 16, 2015
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language
  • English
  • Spanish
Box office $3.6 million

Source: Wikipedia

Documentary Underwater Dreams

포화 속 으로 = 71-Into the fire




 The film is based on a true story of a group of 71 undertrained and underarmed, outgunned student-soldiers of South Korea during the Korean War, who were mostly killed on August 11, 1950, during the Battle of P'ohang-dong. For 11 hours, they defended the local P'ohang girls' middle school, a strategic point for safeguarding the struggling Nakdong River perimeter, from an attack by overwhelming North Korean forces, specifically the feared 766th Unit.
These 71 teenagers, most of whom had never shot a gun before, managed to hold out against the advancing North Korean army for 11 hours. Their heroic defense of the area was actually a turning point in the Korean War. 71: Into the Fire tells the story of these student-soldiers over the course of that fateful day.
 
Hangul 포화 속으로
Hanja 砲火 속으로
Revised Romanization Pohwa sogeuro
McCune–Reischauer Pohwa sokŭro
Directed by Lee Jae-han
Produced by Choi Myeong-gi
Jeong Tae-won
Written by Lee Man-hee
Kim Dong-woo
Lee Jae-han
Jeong Tae-won
Starring Cha Seung-won
Kwon Sang-woo
Choi Seunghyun (T.O.P)
Kim Seung-woo
Music by Lee Dong-joon
Cinematography Choi Chan-min
Edited by Choi Min-yeong
Kim Chang-joo
Production
company
Taewon Entertainment
Distributed by Lotte Entertainment
Release dates
  • June 16, 2010
Running time
120 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $20,967,660


 Source: Wikipedia

The Man from Nowhere









Cha Tae-sik leads a quiet life running a pawnshop. His only friend is a little girl, So-mi, who lives next door. So-mi's mother, Hyo-jeong, is a heroin addict who steals drugs from a feared organized crime group. She pawns her camera bag to Tae-sik; he does not realize it has the stolen drugs inside. Crime lord Oh Myung-gyu sends his subordinates, brothers Man-Seok and Jong-seok to retrieve the drugs; Jong-seok and his henchman Lum Rowan torture Hyo-jeong to find the drugs' location, then kidnap her and So-mi. Two gangsters, Du-chi and "Bear" go to Tae-sik pawn shop, but Tae-sik easily overpowers them. When he finds that Hyo-jeong and So-mi have been kidnapped, he gives them the bag, and Rowan kills Bear to set him up as the fall guy.
 
Hangul 아저씨
Revised Romanization Ajeossi
McCune–Reischauer Ajŏssi
Directed by Lee Jeong-beom
Produced by Lee Tae-heon
Written by Lee Jeong-beom
Starring
  • Won Bin
  • Kim Sae-ron
Music by Shim Hyun-jung
Cinematography Lee Tae-yoon
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 4, 2010
Running time
119 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$43 million


 Source: Wikipedia

Friday, September 18, 2015

Steven Spielberg (Director)

The films below are only the theatrical releases that Mr Spielberg has directed. Mr. Spielberg has an outstanding film legacy. He has written, directed and produced many television programs and films.

As always my thanks to Wikipedia, Yahoo! image posters and YouTube uploaders.

There are many more titles to add.

Steven Spielberg filmography


Amblin'


A young man carrying a closely guarded guitar case befriends a free-spirited young woman while hitchhiking across the desert in southern California en route to the Pacific coast. Along the way, the man engages the woman in an olive-spitting contest, and then she introduces him to the joys of smoking cannabis and having sex in a sleeping bag. Following the scene alluding to sexual intercourse, the young man is seen walking on the median of a road, which is perhaps symbolic. As the pair reach the beach, the man frolics in the surf, while the woman covertly inspects the contents of his guitar case: a suit and tie, toothpaste, mouthwash, a roll of toilet paper and a copy of Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byDenis C. Hoffman
Written bySteven Spielberg
StarringRichard Levin
Pamela McMyler
Music byMichael Lloyd
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited bySteven Spielberg (uncredited)
Distributed bySigma III Corp.
Release dates
  • December 18, 1968 (1968-12-18)
Running time
26 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent
Budget$15,000

Source: Wikipedia
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Duel



David Mann is a middle-aged salesman driving on a business trip. On a two-lane highway in the California desert, he encounters a grimy tanker truck, traveling slower than the speed limit and expelling sooty diesel exhaust. Mann overtakes, but the truck roars past him and slows down again. Mann overtakes again; the truck blasts its horn. 

GenreThriller
Written byRichard Matheson
Directed bySteven Spielberg
StarringDennis Weaver
Theme music composerBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)George Eckstein
Editor(s)Frank Morriss
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Running time74 minutes (TV broadcast)
89 minutes (Theatrical cut)
DistributorUniversal Studios
Budget$450,000
Release
Original channelABC
Original releaseNovember 13, 1971


Source: Wikipedia
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Sugarland Express


It is about a husband and wife trying to outrun the law and was based on a true story. The event partially took place, the story is partially set, and the movie was partially filmed in Sugar Land, Texas. Other scenes for the film were filmed in San Antonio, Lone Oak, Floresville, Pleasanton, Converse and Del Rio, Texas.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byRichard D. Zanuck
David Brown
Screenplay byHal Barwood
Matthew Robbins
Story bySteven Spielberg
Hal Barwood
Matthew Robbins
StarringGoldie Hawn
Ben Johnson
William Atherton
Michael Sacks
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Edited byEdward M. Abroms
Verna Fields
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 5, 1974 (1974-04-05)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3 million
Box office$12.8 million


Source: Wikipedia
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Jaws


On Amity Island, Chrissie Watkins (Susan Backlinie) leaves a late-night beach party to go skinny dipping in the ocean. Something violently grabs and pulls her underwater. The next day, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) and Deputy Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) find her remains washed up on shore. The medical examiner initially determines the cause of death was a shark attack. Brody orders the beaches closed, but Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing news of a shark attack will ruin the summer tourist season, the town's primary revenue source. He rationalizes that there have been no prior shark problems in the area, and theorizes the girl was killed in a boating accident. The coroner concurs and Brody reluctantly accepts their conclusion.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Richard D. Zanuck
  • David Brown
Screenplay by
  • Peter Benchley
  • Carl Gottlieb
Based onJaws
by Peter Benchley
Starring
  • Roy Scheider
  • Robert Shaw
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Lorraine Gary
  • Murray Hamilton
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byVerna Fields
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 20, 1975 (1975-06-20)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9 million
Box office$470.7 million

Source: Wikipedia
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind



In the Sonoran Desert, French scientist Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) and his American interpreter, mapmaker David Laughlin, along with other government scientific researchers, discover Flight 19, a squadron of Grumman TBM Avengers that went missing more than 30 years earlier. The planes are intact and operational, but there is no sign of the pilots. An old man who witnessed the event claimed "the sun came out at night, and sang to him." They also find a lost cargo ship in the Gobi Desert named SS Cotopaxi. At an air traffic control center in Indianapolis, a controller listens as two airline flights narrowly avoid a mid-air collision with an apparent unidentified flying object (UFO), which neither pilot chooses to report, even when invited to do so. In Muncie, Indiana, 3-year-old Barry Guiler is awakened in the night when his toys start operating on their own. Fascinated, he gets out of bed and discovers something or someone (off-screen) in the kitchen. He runs outside, forcing his mother, Jillian, to chase after him.


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Julia Phillips
  • Michael Phillips
Written bySteven Spielberg
Starring
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Teri Garr
  • Melinda Dillon
  • François Truffaut
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyVilmos Zsigmond
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
EMI Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 1977 (1977-12-25)
Running time
137 minutes (Director's Cut) 135 minutes (Original Cut) 132 minutes (Special Edition)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million
Box office$303.7 million

Source: Wikipedia
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1941



On Saturday, December 13, 1941 at 7:01 a.m., a woman goes swimming somewhere on the California coast, only to find a Japanese submarine surfacing beneath her. The submarine crew believes they have arrived in Hollywood, and the vessel submerges while the woman swims to safety.
Later that morning, a 10th Armored Division M3 Lee tank crew, consisting of Sergeant Frank Tree, Corporal Chuck Sitarski, and Privates Foley, Reese, and Henshaw, are at a restaurant where dishwasher Wally Stephens works. Wally is planning to enter a dance contest with Betty Douglas, against the wishes of Ward, her father. Sitarski takes an instant dislike to Wally, particularly his civilian attire, and trips him. A fight ensues, leading to Wally losing his job. Wally later takes his friend Dennis shopping for a zoot suit and steals one.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byBuzz Feitshans
Screenplay byRobert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
Story byRobert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
John Milius
StarringDan Aykroyd
Ned Beatty
John Belushi
Lorraine Gary
Murray Hamilton
Christopher Lee
Tim Matheson
Nancy Allen
Warren Oates
Robert Stack
Treat Williams
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyWilliam A. Fraker
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
A-Team Productions
Columbia Pictures
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures (US)
Columbia Pictures (International)
Release dates
  • December 14, 1979 (1979-12-14)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million
Box office$94.9 million


Source: Wikipedia
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Raiders of the Lost Ark



In 1936, archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) braves an ancient booby-trapped temple in Peru and retrieves a golden idol. He is confronted by rival archaeologist René Belloq (Paul Freeman) and the indigenous Hovito people. Surrounded and outnumbered, Jones is forced to surrender the idol to Belloq and escapes aboard a waiting floatplane.
Jones returns to his teaching position at Marshall College, where he is interviewed by two Army Intelligence agents. They inform him that the Nazis, who are obsessed with the occult, are searching for his old mentor Abner Ravenwood. The Nazis know that Ravenwood is the leading expert on the ancient Egyptian city of Tanis, and that he possesses the headpiece of the Staff of Ra. Jones deduces that the Nazis are searching for the location of the Ark of the Covenant; the Nazis believe that if they acquire the Ark their armies will become invincible. The Staff of Ra is the key to finding the Well of Souls, a secret chamber in which the Ark is buried.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byFrank Marshall
Screenplay byLawrence Kasdan
Story by
  • George Lucas
  • Philip Kaufman
Starring
  • Harrison Ford
  • Karen Allen
  • Paul Freeman
  • Ronald Lacey
  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Denholm Elliott
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Lucasfilm
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 12, 1981 (1981 -06-12)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million
Box office$389.9 million

Source: Wikipedia
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E.T. The Extraterrestrial 



In a California forest, a group of alien botanists collect flora samples. When government agents appear on the scene, they flee in their spaceship, leaving one of their own behind in their haste. The scene shifts to a suburban home, where a 10-year-old boy named Elliott is trying to spend time with his 15-year-old brother, Michael, and his friends. As he returns from picking up a pizza, he discovers that something is hiding in their tool shed. The creature promptly flees upon being discovered. Despite his family's disbelief, he leaves Reese's Pieces candy to lure it to his bedroom. Before he goes to sleep, he realizes it is imitating his movements. He feigns illness the next morning to stay home from school and play with it. Later that day, Michael and their five-year-old sister, Gertie, meet it. They decide to keep it hidden from their mother, Mary. When they ask it about its origin, it levitates several balls to represent its solar system and then demonstrates its powers by reviving a dead chrysanthemum.


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kathleen Kennedy
Written byMelissa Mathison
Starring
  • Dee Wallace
  • Peter Coyote
  • Henry Thomas
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited byCarol Littleton
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 26, 1982 (1982-05-26) (Cannes)
  • June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11) (United States)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10.54 million
Box office$792.9 million

Source: Wikipedia
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Twilight Zone The Movie




Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling. The film stars Vic Morrow, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Quinlan and John Lithgow with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the prologue segment. Burgess Meredith, who starred in four episodes of the original series, took on Serling's position as narrator. In addition to Meredith, six actors from the original series (William Schallert, Kevin McCarthy, Bill Mumy, Murray Matheson, Peter Brocco, and Patricia Barry) had roles in the film.


Directed by
  • John Landis (prologue and "Time Out" segment)
  • Steven Spielberg ("Kick the Can" segment)
  • Joe Dante ("It's a Good Life" segment)
  • George Miller ("Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" segment)
Produced by
  • Steven Spielberg
  • John Landis
Written by
  • John Landis (prologue and segment 1)
  • George Clayton Johnson (original screenplay 'Kick the Can', segment 2)
  • Richard Matheson and Melissa Mathison (segment 2)
  • Jerome Bixby (story 'It's a Good Life', segment 3)
  • Richard Matheson (segment 3)
  • Richard Matheson (short story 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet' and screenplay, segment 4)
Based onTwilight Zone
by Rod Serling
Starring
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Albert Brooks
  • Scatman Crothers
  • John Lithgow
  • Vic Morrow
  • Kathleen Quinlan
Narrated by
  • Burgess Meredith
  • Rod Serling
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Cinematography
  • Allen Daviau
  • John Hora
  • Stevan Larner
Edited by
  • Malcolm Campbell
  • Tina Hirsch
  • Michael Kahn
  • Howard E. Smith
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • June 24, 1983 (1983-06-24)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Vietnamese
Budget$10 million
Box office$29.5 million


Source: Wikipedia
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom



In 1935, Indiana Jones - Indy (Harrison Ford) narrowly escapes the clutches of Lao Che (Roy Chiao), a crime boss in Shanghai. With his 11-year-old Chinese sidekick, Short Round (or Shorty) (Jonathan Ke Quan), and the nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) in tow, Indy flees Shanghai on an airplane that, unknown to them, is owned by Lao. While the three of them sleep on the plane, the pilots parachute out, and they leave the plane to crash over the Himalayas while dumping its fuel. Indy, Shorty, and Willie discover this and narrowly manage to escape on an inflatable raft and ride down the slopes into a raging river. They come to Mayapore, a desolate village in northern India, where the poor villagers believe them to have been sent by the Hindu god Shiva and enlist their help to retrieve the sacred Sivalinga stone stolen from their shrine, as well as the community's children, from evil forces in the nearby Pankot Palace. During the journey to Pankot, Indy hypothesizes that the stone may be one of the five fabled Sankara stones that promise fortune and glory.


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byRobert Watts
Screenplay by
  • Willard Huyck
  • Gloria Katz
Story byGeorge Lucas
Starring
  • Harrison Ford
  • Kate Capshaw
  • Amrish Puri
  • Roshan Seth
  • Philip Stone
  • Ke Huy Quan
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Lucasfilm
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 23, 1984 (1984-05-23)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$28.2 million
Box office$333.1 million

Source: Wikipedia
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The Color Purple



Taking place in the Southern United States between Winter 1909 and Autumn 1937, the movie tells the life of a poor African American woman named Celie Harris (Whoopi Goldberg) whose abuse begins when she is young. By the time she is 14, she has already had two children by her father Alphonso "James" Harris (Leonard Jackson). He takes them away from her at childbirth and forces the young Celie (Desreta Jackson) to marry a wealthy young local widower Albert Johnson, known to her only as "Mister" (Danny Glover), who treats her like a slave. Albert makes her clean up his disorderly household and take care of his unruly children. Albert beats and rapes her often, intimidating Celie into submission and near silence. Celie's sister Nettie (Akosua Busia) comes to live with them, and there is a brief period of happiness as the sisters spend time together and Nettie begins to teach Celie how to read. This is short-lived; after Nettie refuses Albert's predatory affections once too often, he kicks her out. Before being run off by Albert, Nettie promises to write to Celie saying, "Nothing but death can keep me from it!".


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced bySteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Quincy Jones
Frank Marshall
Screenplay byMenno Meyjes
Based onThe Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Starring
  • Danny Glover
  • Adolph Caesar
  • Margaret Avery
  • Rae Dawn Chong
  • Whoopi Goldberg
Music byQuincy Jones
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • December 18, 1985 (1985-12-18)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$142 million


Source: Wikipedia
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Empire of the Sun



Japan had been at war with China since 1937 before declaring war on the United States and the United Kingdom. Amidst the war, Jamie Graham, a British upper middle class schoolboy fascinated with Japanese planes and pilots, is enjoying a privileged and spoiled life in the Shanghai International Settlement. At a costume party he attends with his parents, he wanders off and encounters a Japanese airplane that had been shot down. Nearby he finds a camp full of Japanese troops in a trench and is taken aback. Jamie's father finds him and forces him to leave, Jamie not realizing the impending danger. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Japanese begin to occupy the Shanghai International Settlement and in the ensuing chaos to escape the city and catch the next ferry out of Shanghai, Jamie is separated from his parents in the crowds of panicking people. Over the crowds of people Jamie's mother shouts at him to wait for them back at their house and promises that they will come back for him. He spends some time living in his deserted house, occupying his time by waiting and eating remnants of food but eventually he ventures out into the city and finds it bustling with Japanese troops.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Frank Marshall
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Robert Shapiro
Screenplay byTom Stoppard
Based onEmpire of the Sun
by J. G. Ballard
Starring
  • John Malkovich
  • Miranda Richardson
  • Nigel Havers
  • Christian Bale
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11) (Premiere)
  • December 25, 1987 (1987-12-25) (United States)
Running time
154 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
Budget$35 million
Box office$66.2 million


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Always


Pete Sandich (Dreyfuss) is an aerial firefighter, flying a war-surplus A-26 bomber dropping fire retardant slurry to put out forest wildfires. His excessive risk taking in the air deeply troubles his girlfriend, Dorinda Durston (Hunter), a pilot who doubles as a dispatcher, and is also of concern to his best friend, Al Yackey (Goodman), a fellow fighter. On one flight, Pete makes one extra drop, runs out of fuel, and barely manages to glide onto the runway.
Pete shrugs off his brush with death and surprises Dorinda with a stunning white dress for her birthday, although it turns out to be the wrong day. Irate at first, she eventually puts on the dress anyway, and the couple dance to their song, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced bySteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Written byJerry Belson
Diane Thomas
StarringRichard Dreyfuss
Holly Hunter
John Goodman
Brad Johnson
Audrey Hepburn
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyMikael Salomon
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
United Artists
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 22, 1989 (1989-12-22)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$29.5 million
Box office$74,134,790

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade



In 1912, at the twilight of the Old West, 13-year-old Indiana Jones is horseback riding with his Boy Scout troop in Moab, Utah. While scouting caves, Indy discovers a group of grave robbers who have found a golden crucifix belonging to Coronado and steals it from them, hoping to donate it to a museum. The men give chase through a passing circus train, leaving Indy with a bloody cut across his chin from a bullwhip and new phobia of snakes. Indy escapes, but the local sheriff makes him return the crucifix. Impressed with Indy's bravery, the leader of the robbers gives Indy his fedora.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Robert Watts
  • George Lucas
Screenplay byJeffrey Boam
Uncredited:
Tom Stoppard
Story by
  • George Lucas
  • Menno Meyjes
Starring
  • Harrison Ford
  • Denholm Elliott
  • Alison Doody
  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Julian Glover
  • Sean Connery
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Lucasfilm
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$48 million
Box office$474.2 million

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Hook



Peter Banning is a successful corporate lawyer who spends more time at work than with his wife Moira and children Jack and Maggie. The Bannings fly to London to visit Moira's grandmother, an older Wendy Darling, to celebrate her charity work for orphans, which once included Peter. During the visit, Peter is distracted by phone calls from his office and on one occasion, shouts at his children when they interrupt him, leading Moira to throw his cellphone out of an open window. Later, while Peter, Moira, and Wendy attend a banquet ceremony hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital, a strange presence abducts Jack and Maggie. Tootles, another of Wendy's orphans who lives at her house, informs Peter that Captain Hook took the children to Neverland. Peter dismisses Tootles' warning and calls the police instead. With no sign of the children anywhere, Wendy informs Peter that he is actually Peter Pan and that he lost his memories of Neverland when he decided to stay in London with Wendy many years ago. 


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byFrank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay byJames V. Hart
Malia Scotch Marmo
Story byJames V. Hart
Nick Castle
Based onCharacters created
by J. M. Barrie
StarringDustin Hoffman
Robin Williams
Julia Roberts
Bob Hoskins
Maggie Smith
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • December 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)
Running time
144 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$70 million
Box office$300.9 million

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Jurassic Park



John Hammond, the founder and CEO of bioengineering company InGen, has created a theme park called Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, a tropical island populated with cloned dinosaurs. After a park worker is killed by a Velociraptor, the park's investors, represented by lawyer Donald Gennaro, demand that experts visit the park and certify it as safe. Gennaro invites the mathematician Ian Malcolm while Hammond invites paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler. Upon arrival, the group is stunned to see three Brachiosaurus and a herd of Parasaurolophus in the distance.


Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay by
  • Michael Crichton
  • David Koepp
Based onJurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
Starring
  • Sam Neill
  • Laura Dern
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Richard Attenborough
  • Bob Peck
  • Martin Ferrero
  • B.D. Wong
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Wayne Knight
  • Joseph Mazzello
  • Ariana Richards
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 1993 (1993-06-09) (Uptown Theater)
  • June 11, 1993 (1993-06-11) (United States)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$63 million
Box office$1.029 billion

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Schindler's List



In Kraków during World War II, the Germans had forced local Polish Jews into the overcrowded Kraków Ghetto. Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German, arrives in the city hoping to make his fortune. A member of the Nazi Party, Schindler lavishes bribes on Wehrmacht (German armed forces) and SS officials and acquires a factory to produce enamelware. To help him run the business, Schindler enlists the aid of Itzhak Stern, a local Jewish official who has contacts with black marketeers and the Jewish business community. Stern helps Schindler arrange loans to finance the factory. Schindler maintains friendly relations with the Nazis and enjoys wealth and status as "Herr Direktor", and Stern handles administration. Schindler hires Jewish workers because they cost less, while Stern ensures that as many people as possible are deemed essential to the German war effort, which saves them from being transported to concentration camps or killed.

Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Gerald R. Molen
  • Branko Lustig
Screenplay bySteven Zaillian
Based onSchindler's Ark
by Thomas Keneally
Starring
  • Liam Neeson
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Caroline Goodall
  • Jonathan Sagall
  • Embeth Davidtz
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Edited byMichael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 30, 1993 (1993-11-30) (Washington, D.C.
  • December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15) (United States)
Running time
197 minutes
Country
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$22 million
Box office$321.2 million

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The Lost World Jurassic Park
 
Four years after the disaster at Jurassic Park, the wealthy Bowman family makes an excursion to the island of Isla Sorna during a yachting cruise. Their young daughter wanders off and is attacked by a pack of Compsognathus, but survives. The incident allows Peter Ludlow, John Hammond's nephew, to gain control of his uncle's company InGen, which is in severe financial straits after the events at Jurassic Park. Hammond contacts Ian Malcolm and explains that Isla Sorna is the island where the dinosaurs were engineered and nurtured before being moved to Isla Nublar, Jurassic Park's location. He also explains that after the park was shut down, Isla Sorna was abandoned during a hurricane and the dinosaurs left to survive in the wild, where they have been inexplicably thriving. Hammond asks Malcolm to join a team that will travel to Isla Sorna to document the dinosaurs in order to rally public support against human interference on the island. Ian initially declines but, after learning that his girlfriend, paleontologist Sarah Harding, is part of the team and is already on the island, he agrees to go.


Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Gerald R. Molen
Colin Wilson
Screenplay by David Koepp
Based on The Lost World
by Michael Crichton
Starring Jeff Goldblum
Julianne Moore
Pete Postlethwaite
Arliss Howard
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 19, 1997 (Los Angeles)
  • May 23, 1997 (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $73 million
Box office $618.6 million

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Amistad



Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans captured in Sierra Leone who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinqué, a leader of the Africans, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. The mutineers spare the lives of two Spanish navigators to help them sail the ship back to Africa. Instead, the navigators deceive the Africans and sail north to the east coast of the United States, where the ship is stopped by the American navy and the 44 living Africans imprisoned as runaway slaves. In an unfamiliar country and not speaking a word of English, it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors. A lawyer named Baldwin, hired by the abolitionist Tappan and his black associate Joadson (a fictional character) decides to take their case, arguing that the Africans had been captured in Africa to be sold in the Americas illegally, and therefore were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. With help from James Covey, who speaks both Mende and English, Baldwin is able to start communicating with Cinque. The judge rules in favor of the Africans, but the case is eventually appealed to the Supreme Court. At this point, former U.S. President John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release, and is successful.


Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Debbie Allen
Steven Spielberg
Colin Wilson
Written by David Franzoni
Starring Morgan Freeman
Anthony Hopkins
Djimon Hounsou
Matthew McConaughey
Nigel Hawthorne
Stellan Skarsgård
Harry Blackmun
Anna Paquin
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
HBO Films
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • December 10, 1997
Running time
154 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $36 million
Box office $44,229,441

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 Saving Private Ryan


On the morning of June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy Invasion, American soldiers prepare to land on Omaha Beach. They suffer heavily from their struggle against German infantry, machine gun nests, and artillery fire. Captain John H. Miller, a company commander of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, survives the initial landing and assembles a group of his Rangers to penetrate the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach. In Washington, D.C, at the U.S. War Department, General George Marshall is informed that three of the four brothers of the Ryan family were killed in action and that their mother is to receive all three telegrams in the same day. He learns that the fourth son, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, is a paratrooper and is missing in action somewhere in Normandy. Marshall, after reading Abraham Lincoln's Bixby letter, orders that Ryan be found and sent home immediately.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Ian Bryce
  • Mark Gordon
  • Gary Levinsohn
  • Steven Spielberg
Written by Robert Rodat
Starring
  • Tom Hanks
  • Edward Burns
  • Matt Damon
  • Tom Sizemore
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
  • Amblin Entertainment
  • Mutual Film Company
Distributed by
  • DreamWorks Pictures
    (United States)
  • Paramount Pictures
    (International)
Release dates
  • July 24, 1998
Running time
169 minutes
Country United States
Language English, German, French
Budget $70 million
Box office $481.8 million

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A. I. Artificial Intelligence


 
 In the late 21st century, global warming has flooded coastlines, drastically reducing the human population. There is a new class of robots called Mecha, advanced humanoids capable of emulating thoughts and emotions. David (Osment), a prototype model created by Cybertronics of New Jersey, is designed to resemble a human child and to display love for its human owners. They test their creation with one of their employees, Henry Swinton (Robards), and his wife Monica (O'Connor). The Swintons' son, Martin (Thomas), was placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found for his rare disease which is caused by the Sinclair virus. Initially frightened of David, Monica eventually warms enough to him to activate his imprinting protocol, which irreversibly causes David to have an enduring childlike love for her. He is also befriended by Teddy (Jack Angel), a robotic teddy bear, who takes it upon himself to care for David's well-being.


Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Steven Spielberg
Bonnie Curtis
Screenplay by Steven Spielberg
Story by Ian Watson
Based on Super-Toys Last All Summer Long
by Brian Aldiss
Starring Haley Joel Osment
Jude Law
Frances O'Connor
Brendan Gleeson
William Hurt
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Stanley Kubrick Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
(United States theatrical and International home video releases)
DreamWorks Pictures
(International theatrical and United States home video releases originally. all other rights now under Paramount Pictures)
Release dates
  • June 29, 2001
Running time
146 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Box office $235.9 million

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Minority Report





In April 2054, Washington, D.C. has a special police force called PreCrime that stops murderers before they act. Murders are predicted using three Precogs, mutated humans who "previsualize" crimes by receiving visions of the future. Over the past six years, PreCrime has successfully reduced the city's murder rate to zero, and the Federal government is on the verge of adopting it, even though the public finds it controversial. Captain John Anderton (Tom Cruise), the leader of PreCrime, has been suffering from drug addiction since the unresolved disappearance of his son, Sean, which led to his wife, Lara (Kathryn Morris), divorcing him. With PreCrime poised to go nationwide, the system is being audited by Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell), an agent from the United States Department of Justice. In the middle of the audit, the Precogs generate a new prediction, one saying that Anderton will murder a man named Leo Crow in thirty-six hours. Anderton does not know Crow, but he flees the area as Witwer begins a manhunt.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Gerald R. Molen
  • Bonnie Curtis
  • Walter F. Parkes
  • Jan de Bont
Screenplay by
  • Scott Frank
  • Jon Cohen
Based on The Minority Report
by Philip K. Dick
Starring
  • Tom Cruise
  • Colin Farrell
  • Samantha Morton
  • Max von Sydow
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
companies
  • Amblin Entertainment
  • Cruise/Wagner Productions
  • Blue Tulip Productions
  • Ronald Shussett/Gary Goldman Productions
Distributed by
  • 20th Century Fox (North America)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (International)
Release dates
  • June 19, 2002 (Ziegfeld Theatre)
  • June 21, 2002 (United States)
Running time
145 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $102 million
Box office $358.4 million

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Catch Me if you Can


 In 1963, teen-aged Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) lives in New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale, Sr. (Christopher Walken), and French mother Paula (Nathalie Baye). When Frank Sr. is denied a business loan at Chase Manhattan Bank due to unknown difficulties with the IRS, the family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack (James Brolin), a friend of her husband. Meanwhile, Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class. Frank’s parents file for divorce, and Frank runs away. When he runs out of money, he begins relying on confidence scams to get by. Soon, Frank’s cons increase and he even impersonates an airline pilot. He forges Pan Am payroll checks and succeeds in stealing over $2.8 million.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Walter F. Parkes
Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson
Based on Catch Me If You Can
by Frank Abagnale
Stan Redding
Starring
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Tom Hanks
  • Christopher Walken
  • Martin Sheen
  • Nathalie Baye
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Splendid Pictures
Kemp Company
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 2002
Running time
141 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $52 million
Box office $352.1 million

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 The Terminal
 
 

Krakozhian traveler Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to find that his passport is suddenly no longer valid due to the outbreak of a civil war in his homeland. As a result, the United States no longer recognizes Krakozhia as a sovereign nation, and he is not permitted to either enter the country or return home as he is now stateless. Due to his inability to communicate in proper English, US Customs and Border Protection seizes his passport and airline ticket.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Walter F. Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
Screenplay by Sacha Gervasi
Jeff Nathanson
Story by Andrew Niccol
Sacha Gervasi
Starring Tom Hanks
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Stanley Tucci
Chi McBride
Diego Luna
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • June 18, 2004
Running time
128 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Russian
Bulgarian
Budget $60 million[1]
Box office $219.4 million[

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 War of the Worlds


 

The narrator (Morgan Freeman) explains that humans were unaware that intelligent extraterrestrials were making plans to occupy Earth. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a divorced crane operator longshoreman who works at a dock in Bayonne, NJ. Ray is estranged from his children. His former wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), later drops off the children, 10-year-old daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and teenage son Robbie (Justin Chatwin), at Ray's house in Bayonne on her way to visit her parents in Boston. Unexplained changes in the weather occur, emitting lightning that strikes multiple times in the middle of an intersection and disrupting all electrical technology in the area.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Colin Wilson
Screenplay by Josh Friedman
David Koepp
Based on The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
Starring Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Justin Chatwin
Miranda Otto
Tim Robbins
Narrated by Morgan Freeman
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Amblin Entertainment
Cruise/Wagner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
(North America theatrical and International home video releases)
DreamWorks Pictures
(International theatrical and North America home video releases)
Release dates
  • June 28, 2005 (Kuwait)
  • June 29, 2005 (United States)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $132 million
Box office $591.7 million

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