Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Plot: In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad "Precrime". They use three gifted humans (called "Pre-Cogs") with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system's flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn't even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery's core by finding out the 'minority report' which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that "might" tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent.
Apparently, Colin Farrell had a lot of trouble delivering the line "I'm sure you all understand the legalistic drawback to Pre-Crime methodology".
Jan de Bont was a credited producer because he was originally going to direct the film. Steven Spielberg claimed that De Bont did no work on the film once Spielberg joined the project and publicly questioned whether he deserved the credit.
The part of Danny Witwer was originally American and with a father who died outside a church in Maryland, but Steven Spielberg didn't think Colin Farrell could fully shake his Irish accent, so the character was made Irish.
The film takes place in April 2054.
Cate Blanchett was offered the role of Agatha.
Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise's director from Jerry Maguire (1996) and Vanilla Sky (2001) appears as a commuter on the train who looks at Anderton over the top of his newspaper and recognizes him.
In the scene where John kidnaps Agatha, Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) asks, "How much time do we have?" (asking how much time until John commits the murder). A Pre-Crime Officer responds, "51 minutes 30 seconds." This is exactly how much time remains until the end of the movie as well (until the credits begin to roll).
The "PreCogs" were all named after famous mystery writers. Dashiell Hammett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie.
For the scene where Anderton holds his breath in the bathtub, Steven Spielberg was going to create the air bubble rising with CGI, but Tom Cruise took the time and learned how to do it himself.
Nokia is supposed to have spent two million dollars to have as many handsets as possible in the film.
The adaptation of the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick was originally planned as a sequel to Total Recall (1990) by writers Ronald Shusett and Gary Goldman (later joined by Robert Goethals). The setting was changed to Mars with the Precogs being people mutated by the Martian atmosphere, as established in the first film. The main character was also changed to Douglas Quaid, the man played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The project eventually fell apart but the writers, who still owned the rights to the original story, rewrote the script, removing the elements from "Total Recall". This script was eventually tossed out when writer Jon Cohen was hired in 1997 to start the project over from scratch. The only original element from the early script which made it to the final film is the sequence in the car factory, an idea that Steven Spielberg loved.
Janusz Kaminski is a regular cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's films. When Spielberg approached him for this film, he told him to create "the ugliest, dirtiest movie" either of them had ever made.
Lexus reputedly paid five million dollars to have a futuristic version of one of its cars in the film. As part of the deal, Steven Spielberg took delivery of a 62,000 dollar Lexus SC 430 convertible.