Trivia / Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  • Acclaimed Flop: The movie received an astonishing 72% in Rotten Tomatoes, but did not make up its budget.
  • Actor Allusion: Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: In spades. From Jude Law getting to work with Laurence Olivier, to him and Gwyneth Paltrow signing on immediately after watching the demo reel, to Angelina Jolie getting to wear an Eyepatch of Power and a goldfish-bowl space helmet.
  • Billing Displacement: A sterling example. Law and Paltrow are billed diagonally. On the same card, Jolie gets the "and" honor by being billed as "and Angelina Jolie". They thus manage a triple simultaneous diagonal bill where everyone gets a position of honor.
  • Casting Gag: Totenkopf turns out to have been Dead All Along, just like his actor Sir Laurence Olivier, who died 15 years before the movie was made.
  • Creator Killer: The film destroyed brothers Kerry (director and writer) and Kevin (production designer) Conran's careers - neither have done anything of note since.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film's creator spent years developing software to achieve a film with this specific look, and then pitched a film around it.
  • Fake Nationality: Englishman Jude Law plays the American hero, while American Angelina Jolie plays "Franky". Jolie's accent was mocked by some critics, though she's merely riffing on the stiff-upper-lip jargon of British war propaganda.
  • One Work Wonder: Kerry Conran never directed another feature film, and the box office failure of this one took such a toil that he refuses to discuss the project.