Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

2004 American dieselpunk film by Kerry Conran

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a 2004 film about a reporter who teams up with an ace pilot in search of the origin of a series of attacks to New York City from giant flying robots, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world.

Written and directed by Kerry Conran.
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Joseph SullivanEdit

  • [repeated line] Good boy, Dex.
  • This is Sky Captain, I'm on my way.
  • [to Dexter] Is it safe?
  • Naked... you can say it, Polly.
  • [to the Mysterious Woman] Why won't you die?

Polly PerkinsEdit

  • [describing the robot invasion to her editor] They've reached Sixth Avenue. They've reached Fifth Avenue. They're a hundred yards away. Oh, my God.
  • It's only a movie, Mr. Paley. I'll bring you some popcorn.
  • [seeing that the box behind which she and Joe have sought shelter from an explosion is labeled "dynamite"] Oh, great... we're safe.
  • [after she smashes the window in the door at Dr. Jennings' office, then reaches through and unlocks it] It's open.
  • [while crying after realizing she wasted one of two pictures left in the camera] While we were running, I shot the ground!


  • Hindenberg Announcer: [first lines] Attention. Please prepare for docking procedure.
  • Police Sergeant: They've broken through the perimeter. Send reinforcements... send everything you've got!
  • Captain Francesca Cook: Alert the amphibious squadron!
  • Dexter Dearborn: Oh, great, we all made up!


Polly Perkins: Doctor, you said you knew who was next.
Dr. Jennings: Yes, well... don't you see it? There is only one left.
Polly Perkins: Who? Who is it, doctor?
Dr. Jennings: Me! He's coming for me.
Polly Perkins: Who? Who's coming?
Dr. Jennings: Totenkopf... it's Totenkopf!

Editor Paley: I don't like this business you're getting yourself into.
Polly Perkins: I'll be just fine, Mr. Paley. You know what a careful girl I am.
Editor Paley: I move my mouth, words come out, you don't hear.
Polly Perkins: I'm late for a movie. [smiles]
Editor Paley: I don't like it when you smile at me.
Polly Perkins: You don't like my smile?
Editor Paley: 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.
Polly Perkins: It's only a movie, Mr. Paley. I'll bring you some popcorn.

Editor Paley: What's going on? They're calling for midtown to evacuate.
Polly Perkins: Listen, Mr. Paley, I don't have time for this. I need you to dig up anything you can about a Dr. Walter Jennings, and someone named Totenkopf. An address, a phone number, anything you can. It's important.
Editor Paley: 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.
Polly Perkins: [about the robots] 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 yards away...
Editor Paley: Polly, Polly!
Polly Perkins: Oh, my God.

Joseph Sullivan: [flies over the sidewalk where Polly is standing] Polly.
Polly Perkins: [snaps a picture of Sky Captain flying overhead] Joe.

Dexter Dearborn: I thought you said this thing was big? Can I have it?
Joseph Sullivan: You find out where it came from and I'll buy you one for Christmas.

Joseph Sullivan: [Polly laughs] What?
Polly Perkins: I missed you. Thanks for saving my life today.
Joseph Sullivan: Oh, you were down there.
Polly Perkins: You missed me, too? How nice.

Polly Perkins: It's been three years, Joe. You're not still mad at me, are you? Can't even remember what we were fighting about.
Joseph Sullivan: You sabotaged my plane.
Polly Perkins: Right.
Joseph Sullivan: I spent six months in a Manchurian slave camp because of you. They were gonna cut off my fingers.
Polly Perkins: Joe, for the last time, I didn't sabotage your damn airplane!
Joseph Sullivan: All so you could get a photograph of Tojo Hideki in his bathrobe, remember?
Polly Perkins: You know, I'm starting to think that you've invented this whole sabotage nonsense to cover the fact that you were running around on me with your little mystery girl the whole time we were in Nanjing.

Joseph Sullivan: Come in, Dex.
Dexter Dearborn: Look, what ever you do don't shoot!
Joseph Sullivan: Er... Okay!
Dexter Dearborn: You shot it, didn't you?
Joseph Sullivan: Yes.

[Polly's faulty directions nearly crashed them into a building]
Joseph Sullivan: It's a dead end.
Polly Perkins: That's not supposed to be there.
Joseph Sullivan: [shouts] It's a dead end!
Polly Perkins: There's no way out!
Joseph Sullivan: Oh, bugger.
Polly Perkins: There's the lead ship!
Joseph Sullivan: Shortcut, heh!
Polly Perkins: I got us here, didn't I?

Polly Perkins: We went underwater.
Joseph Sullivan: Dex rigged it up. Got the idea from one of his comic books.
Polly Perkins: You mean, you knew this the whole time, and you let me think we were gonna crash? I thought you were gonna die! You should have said something!
Joseph Sullivan: Look, Polly, it was your idea to tag along, not mine. If you can't take it, that's not my fault.
Polly Perkins: Oh, I can't take it. I can take anything you dish out
Joseph Sullivan: Good, because that was nothing.

[Sky Captain and Polly take cover behind a box labeled "dynamite"]
Polly Perkins: Oh, great. We're safe.
Joseph Sullivan: Polly, this may be our last moment together. There's something I need to ask you.
Polly Perkins: Yes, Joe?
Joseph Sullivan: Did you cut my fuel line?
Polly Perkins: Damn it! I didn't sabotage your lousy airplane!
Joseph Sullivan: Fine.
Polly Perkins: Our last moments on Earth and this is all you have to say?
Joseph Sullivan: Could we just die for once without all this bickering?

[Sky Captain would not let Polly go back to get her case of film in the cave that was about to explode]
Polly Perkins: You should've let me go back for my film.
Joseph Sullivan: You're right, I should've.

[Joe has marked Totenkopf's location on the map]
Polly Perkins: There's nothing there. Are you sure you did it right?
Joseph Sullivan: I'm sure. If the old man was right, that's where Totenkopf is now. Dead center in the middle of nowhere. [marks another spot on the map, just short of making it to the first spot]
Polly Perkins: What's that point there?
Joseph Sullivan: That's where we run out of fuel.

Captain Francesca Cook: Joseph Sullivan, I was sure you'd be dead by now.
Joseph Sullivan: It's good to see you too, Franky.
Captain Francesca Cook: This had better be important or one of us is in trouble.
Joseph Sullivan: It's important.
Captain Francesca Cook: What is that? [watching Polly trying to climb off the wing of the plane]
Joseph Sullivan: You be nice. Commander Cook, meet Polly Perkins.
Captain Francesca Cook: Polly Perkins, I've heard so much about you. It's a pleasure to finally meet the competition. It's been a long time since Nanjing, hasn't it, Joseph?

Captain Francesca Cook: Reconnaissance located an island three kilometers northeast of our current position. It is not, however, on any of our charts.
Polly Perkins: That has to be him.
Captain Francesca Cook: That has to be who? What have you gotten me into this time, Joseph?
Joseph Sullivan: Nothing you can't handle, Franky.
[Polly trips and slams her hand into some controls, causing sirens to go off]
Joseph Sullivan: Polly, try not to touch anything.

British Officer: Commander, we've lost power to the forward rotors. We're losing altitude.
Captain Francesca Cook: All engines, reverse full. Get us out of here.
Joseph Sullivan: Francesca, you've got to get me on that island.
Captain Francesca Cook: I'm not about to risk the lives of my men for one of your silly antics.
Joseph Sullivan: He's got Dex.
[Franky is shocked]
Captain Francesca Cook: Rescind order! You´ll never make it from the air. We have to find you another way.
Joseph Sullivan: There's a tidal flow on the eastern face of the island.
Captain Francesca Cook: It's too deep. We're not rated past 100 meters. But... this area here, there's an undersea inlet at the southern tip and it runs beneath the entire length of the island. That is your only way in. Everything else is sheer rock to the edge of the water.
Polly Perkins: What about those machines? How do we get past them?
Captain Francesca Cook: Leave that to me. Alert the amphibious squadron!

[Sky Captain and Polly are preparing to take off along with Franky; Polly looks annoyed with Sky Captain]
Joseph Sullivan: What?
Polly Perkins: 'Nanjing'?
Joseph Sullivan: [shouts] I can't hear you, Polly! You'll have to speak up! [They took off]
Captain Francesca Cook: [over the radio] Keep your nose up, Joseph. You always were bad at the short takeoff.
Joseph Sullivan: Keep up, Franky. I don't wanna have to come back for you.
Polly Perkins: I thought you takeoff was just fine.
Joseph Sullivan: Thank you, Polly.
Polly Perkins: So you heard that, did you?

Captain Francesca Cook: You're all clear. Good luck, Joe.
Joseph Sullivan: Thank you, Franky. We'll take it from here.
Polly Perkins: She's some kind of girl.
Joseph Sullivan: Yes, I know. I'm taking us up.

Polly Perkins: Joe, I wanna ask you something and I want you to tell me the truth. I don't care one way or the other, I swear. I just need to know. The girl in Nanjing was Franky wasn't it?
Joseph Sullivan: Polly...
Polly Perkins: How long were you seeing her?
Joseph Sullivan: Look me in the eyes. I never fooled around on you. Never.
Polly Perkins: I sabotaged your plane.
Joseph Sullivan: Three months.
Polly Perkins: I knew it! I can't believe I ever trusted you, you lousy...
[Sky Captain keeps her quiet]

Joe: What are you doing? You honestly think you're gonna find something more important than every single creature on Earth being led by two by two inside a giant rocket ship?
Polly: I might.
Joe: Like what?
Polly: I'll know when I see it!

Joseph Sullivan: It's a mobile airstrip. Dex has a hand in designing it. You can keep a secret, can't you, Polly?
Polly Perkins: [raising her camera to photograph it] Yeah, I can keep a secret. [looks at her camera] Two shots. [doesn't take a picture]

Dr. Totenkopf: Who dares come before me? Who dares enter this place? What has begun cannot be stopped. The time for this world is over.
Polly Perkins: Totenkopf.
Joseph Sullivan: Hello, doctor. Why are you doing this?
Dr. Totenkopf: I have been witness to a world consumed by hatred and bent on self-destruction, watched as we have taken what was to be a paradise, and failed in our responsibilities as its steward. I know now that the course of the human race has set for itself and cannot be changed. I am the last desperate chance for a doomed planet. Now, leave this place or die!
[Dexter unplugs the Tesla coils that previously electrocuted Dr. Kessler]
Joseph Sullivan: Is it safe?
Dexter Dearborn: Well, there's only one way to find out.
[Sky Captain and Polly cross the threshold together and are relieved to be unharmed]
Dexter Dearborn: I meant throw something.

[last lines]
[Polly turns and uses her last picture to snap a shot of Sky Captain instead of the pods falling to Earth]
Joseph Sullivan: Polly... you...
Polly Perkins: You don't have to say anything.
Joseph Sullivan: Lens cap.
[Polly stares in shock as the screen fades to black for ending credits]


  • Join the resistance.
  • The world will tremble.
  • Who will save us?
  • Without warning. Without mercy.
  • The battle for tomorrow is about to begin...


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