Minority Report (film)

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Minority Report is a 2002 film is which is loosely based upon the novel by Philip K. Dick. Set in the year 2054 A.D. where a special police department called "Precrime" apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge, provided by three psychics termed "precogs"

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Philip K. Dick
What would you do if you were accused of a murder, you had not committed... yet? (taglines)

John Anderton

  • But it didn't fall. You caught it. The fact that you prevented it from happening doesnt change the fact that it was "going" to happen.
  • In 2054, the six-year Precrime experiment was abandoned. All prisoners were unconditionally pardoned and released, though police departments kept watch on many of them for years to come. Agatha and the twins were transferred to an undisclosed location, a place where they could find relief from their gifts. A place where they could live out their lives in peace.
  • In the middle of the civil war, for example, Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus observing that a limb may be sacrificed to save a life, but a life is never wisely given to save a limb.

Dr. Iris Henimen

  • Sometimes, in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark.
  • It's funny how all living organisms are alike...[she starts crushing a mutated plant] ... when the chips are down, when the pressure is on, every creature on the face of the Earth is interested in one thing and one thing only.[the plant scars her palm] Its own survival.
  • I was doing genetic research at the Woodhaven Clinic in Rhode Island on Renning's Syndrome, a neurological condition that affects the cerebral cortex of children. Most of these kids were abandoned or forgotten. Very few of the kids lived past the age of twelve. It began as play. A guessing game like you play with any toddler, except these children always guessed right. And then the nightmares started. They were all different, but all the same. They were all about murder. And the murders were all happening.
  • Well, in my experience, parents often see their children as they want them to be, not as they are.


  • Can you see?
  • You still have a choice
  • You can choose...

Lamar Burgess

  • We don't choose the things we believe in; they choose us


Gideon: Careful, Chief. Dig up the past and all you get is dirty.
Gideon: You're part of my flock now, John.
Wally the Caretaker: I like you chief, you've always been nice to me. I'll give you two minutes before I hit the alarm.
Lycon: It's like my daddy used to say. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.
Dr. Solomon Eddie: You do understand I can't just give you new irises. The scanners will read the scar tissue. Alarms will go off. Large men with guns will appear...


John Anderton: [about Witwer's father] What does he think about your chosen line of work?
Danny Witwer: I don't know. He was shot and killed when I was 15 on the steps of our church in Dublin. I know what it's like to lose someone close, John. 'Course, nothing is like the loss of a child. I don't have any children of my own, so I can only imagine what that must've been like. To lose your son - in such a public place like that. At least now you and I have the chance to make sure that kind of thing doesn't happen to anyone -
John Anderton: Why don't you cut the cute act, Danny boy, and tell me exactly what it is you're looking for?
Danny Witwer: Flaws.
John Anderton: There hasn't been a murder in 6 years. There's nothing wrong with the system, it is perfect.
Danny Witwer: [simultaneously] - perfect. I agree. But if there's a flaw, it's human. It always is.

Agatha: Think about all the lives that little girl has saved.
Lamar Burgess: Think about all the lives that little girl has saved, think about all the lives she will save, that little girl could have saved Sean.
John Anderton: [yells] Don't you *ever* say his name!
Male Precog: You used the memory of my dead son to set me up.
John Anderton: [yells] You used the memory of my dead son to set me up! That was the one thing you knew would drive me to murder.
Male Precog: What are you going to do now, Lamar?
John Anderton: [yells] What're you going to do now, Lamar?
Male Precog: How are you...
John Anderton: ...going to shut me up?
Male Precog: I'm sorry, John.

John Anderton: No doubt the precogs have already seen this.
Lamar Burgess: No doubt.
John Anderton: You see the dilemma don't you. If you don't kill me, precogs were wrong and precrime is over. If you do kill me, you go away, but it proves the system works. The precogs were right. So, what are you going to do now? What's it worth? Just one more murder? You'll rot in hell with a halo, but people will still believe in precrime. All you have to do is kill me like they said you would. Except you know your own future, which means you can change it if you want to. You still have a choice Lamar. Like I did.

John Anderton: Why should I trust you?
Dr. Iris Henimen: You shouldn't. You shouldn't trust anyone. Certainly not the Attorney General who just wants it all for himself, and not the young Federal agent, who wants your job. Not even the old man who just wants to hold on to what he created. Don't trust anyone. Just find the Minority Report.

Danny Witwer: I thought they stopped the murder?
Jad: That's just an echo. Precog Deja Vu. Some of the really bad ones, the Precogs see over and over again.

John Anderton: I'm not a murderer. I've never even met the man I'm supposed to kill.
Iris Henimen: And, yet, a chain of events has started. A chain that will lead inexorably to his death.
John Anderton: Not if I stay away from him.
Iris Henimen: How can you avoid a man you've never met?


  • What would you do if you were accused of a murder, you had not committed... yet?
  • Everybody Runs
  • The system is perfect until it comes after you.
  • Get Ready to RUN!
  • The Future Can Be Seen. Murder Can be Prevented. The Guilty Punished Before the Crime is Committed. The System is Perfect. It's Never Wrong. Until It Comes After You.
  • You Can't Hide


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