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Pre-Crime (2054 - The Film)
Chief John Anderton
Played By: Tom Cruise
A divorced, middle-aged man who is a Chief Officer of the Department of Precrime in Washington, D.C.. The disappearance of his son, Sean, has devastated him for 6 years and provided the incentive for him to join the Precrime unit. He is addicted to drugs, which he uses to cope with the pain from the loss, but maintains a professional appearance while at work. John was a true believer in Precrime, thinking it was flawless, until the day he was somehow tagged as a future murderer. Now on the lam from his own comrades, John has to figure out why this once perfect system is out to get him and goes to unbelievable lengths to prove his innocence for a crime he hasn't even committed yet.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Tom Cruise (who merely turned 40 at the time) plays a guy whose was described as "old, fat and bald" in the original short story.
- Clear My Name: His entire mission is to clear his name for a crime he hasn't yet committed, although his priorities gradually change as he uncovers more of the truth behind Precrime.
- Decomposite Character: Anderton of the short-story was man who was the chief of Precrime and its founder. Anderton of the film is only the chief, whilst his role as its founder went to Lamar.
- Fugitive Arc: Roughly three quarters of the film is spent running from his former Precrime allies.
- Functional Addict: Despite his Neuroin addiction, Anderton is able to remain perfectly functional throughout the day; it's not until he gets home from work that his chemical dependency takes over.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason he was framed. He'd been looking into the death of Anne Lively, although at first he thinks Witwer set him up to steal his job.
- The Hero
- The Leader: He is the de-facto leader of the Pre-Crime division. Fletcher, his second in command, takes up the role when John is on the run.
Director Lamar Burgess
Played By: Max von Sydow
An elderly official in Washington, D.C. who is a co-founder and current director of the Precrime Program. He and his former wife, Dr. Iris Hineman started the Precrime experiment in 2048 and is anticipating the country's approval of the system to go national. He is Anderton's superior as well as good friend and father figure to him until he found out about Anne Lively that is.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Spends his final moments apologizing to Anderton.
- Badass Longcoat: Lamar wears one when he is called by Danny Witwer. When Lamar kills Danny, the very shot has the end of his coat covering the headshot.
- Berserk Button: Getting too close to the crime he was hiding when he thought that no one would never mention it again, prompts him to tell Lara that he is going to "pay a visit".
- Big Bad: He killed Anne Lively when she was clean from drugs and wanted to get Agatha back, manipulated the Precogs' minority reports to get free from murder and framed John for getting too deep inside the Anne Lively case.
- Chekhov's Gun: He is given a revolver with five bullets at the Pre-Crime celebration. That same revolver is what he uses to commit suicide.
- Composite Character: Anderton himself is a Decomposite Character as his role as the creator of Pre-Crime and of a cop were separated. Here, it's Lamar who is the creator of Pre-Crime. So Lamar was created with Anderton and General Kaplan, the elderly general and Big Bad of the short story. It was Kaplan who was the one to frame Anderson, much like Lamar, and their plans are both to consolidate power for themselves; albeit Kaplan wanted to destroy Pre-Crime while Lamar wanted to spread it.
- Cool Old Guy: He is in good terms with John, like father and son, and he is worried about his drug addiction much like Lara. That is until John mentions the name of Anne Lively and tries to silence him by framing a murder.
- Driven to Suicide: He shoots himself in the climax to prevent himself from going to jail.
- A Father to His Men: He is very parental towards John and quite worried about his substance abuse before the events. And when he dies in John's arms he calls him son.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated the visions of the Precogs when he committed the murder of Anne Lively leading to the Pre-Crime team to think it's an "echo", a revision of a murder from the past. Also he posed Leo Crow as the killer of Sean, John's lost son, so that Leo's family could have a better future.Lamar Burgess: Shh. Do you know what I hear? Nothing. No footsteps up the stairs, no hovercraft out the window, no clickety-click of little spiders. Do you know why I can't hear any of those things, Danny? Because right now, the precogs can't see a thing.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He accidentally mentions that Anne Lively was drowned to Lara when she didn't said that at all. He menaces her and Lara runs to free John from prison.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Precrime is his life's work, and he believes it ultimately does good. It later transpires that he knew about the minority reports, but kept it quiet for the greater good. And he killed Anne Lively when she wanted to get Agatha back on her side. Doing so would stop all the effort he gave to create Pre-Crime.
Federal Agent Danny Witwer
Played By: Colin Farrell
A cocky Department of Justice agent sent to observe and evaluate the Precrime process. He spent three years in divinity school and carries a rosary. He chose his career path because his father, who was a policeman, was murdered when he was 15.
- Adaptational Dye Job: In the book, he has blond hair and blue eyes. In the movie, he has black hair and brown eyes.
- Adaptation Name Change: He was named Ed Witwer in the original short story.
- Alone with the Psycho: When he calls Lamar to talk about the Leo Crow and Anne Lively crimes. It is that same time when it is revealed to the audience that Lamar is the mastermind and kills Witwer.
- Boom, Headshot!: Lamar shoots him in the head to make sure he is dead.
- Death by Adaptation: It is worth mentioning that in the short story, Witwer survived the events of the story, and became the next head of Pre-Crime. In the movie, he is shot and killed by Lamar Burgess for knowing too much.
- He Knows Too Much: He is murdered by Lamar for getting too close to the truth about Anne Lively.
- Face Death with Dignity: He kisses his rosary beads one more time before he is shot in the head.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The part where he is killed by Lamar, the shot in the head is covered by Lamar's longcoat.
- Inspector Javert: To John's Valjean. He pursues him during the first half of the film for the future Leo Crow murder and when he sees the crime scene, he concludes that it was a frame up for John.
- Internal Affairs: The whole reason he shows up at Precrime is to evaluate the process, and in particular he sets his sights on John.
- Irish Priest: He spent three years in divinity school before going into law enforcement. He still carries rosary beads.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: He is murdered by Lamar when he gets too close to the truth.
- Officer O'Hara: Witwer is a native Irishman, like his actor Colin Farrell, and a cop working for the General Attorney, and for a Homicide department in the past.
- Orgy of Evidence: The Trope Namer. He tells this to Fletcher at the Leo Crow crime scene when he knows that it was all a frame up for John Anderton.
- Red Herring: At first glance, the story would have you believe he's the antagonist of the movie, being hellbent on hunting down John and supposedly wanting John's job for himself. Turns out he's just a really dedicated investigator, and is in fact the first person to suspect that John had been set up.
- Religious Bruiser: Before facing John at the Lexus factory he kisses his rosary beads and begins his fight against him.
Lieutenant Gordon Fletcher
Played By: Neal McDonough
A former U.S. Treasury Agent who became the second-in-command Precrime officer and John's right-hand man.
Played By: Patrick Kilpatrick
One of the precops on Anderton's team.
Played By: Jessica Capshaw
The precop pilot on Anderton's team.
- Ace Pilot
- The Chick: Well, at least one of two.
- Older Than They Look: Presumably she has to be an adult or at least teenager, but looks about 10 years old. For what it's worth, Capshaw was 26 at the time so not that old (but, still, not a child). She does at least sound like an adult, so it's easy enough to guess she's probably just gifted with a baby-face.
Played By: Steve Harris
An operations liason at Precrime who assists the officers.
- The Big Guy: Of a non-combatant type. He's literally called 'big man' by one of his coworkers at one point.
Played By: Tim Blake Nelson
The warden who watches over prisoners forced into "halo sleep".
Played By: Daniel London
The technician at Precrime who cares for the Precogs. After Precrime was dissolved, he helped the Precogs adjust to normal life. In 2065, he's become a recluse, paranoid about the government spying on him, though he proves an invalubale ally for Dash and Lara by rigging a system that allows them to see Dash's vision.
Other Characters of 2054
Played By: Kathryn Morris
Anderton's ex-wife and the mother of his lost son.
- Alone with the Psycho: When she visits Lamar after John has been detained. More prominently when she tells him that she didn't mention that Anne Lively was drowned.
- Babies Ever After: After reuniting and starting a new life with John again, she is seen pregnant.
- Divorce Is Temporary: Divorced after Sean's disappearance, they return back after solving the Anne Lively murder.
- Name's the Same: Shares her first name with the female protagonist of the series.
- She Knows Too Much: When Lamar accidently reveals to her how Ann Lively was murdered, and subsequently promises to further "discuss" the issue at her place later on, she pretty much figures that she'll fall victim to this trope unless she does something, so......
- Took a Level in Badass: When she finds out that Lamar is not up to something good, she goes to the prison using John's original eyes to get in and forces Gideon at gunpoint to free her husband.
Dr. Iris Hineman
Played By: Lois Smith
A lonely, jaded, retired clinical physician who was a co-founder and major pioneer of the Precrime Program and ex-wife of Lamar Burgess.
- Mrs. Exposition: Her purpose in the story is to tell in detail the origins of Pre-Crime and the precogs, and revealing the existence of the minority reports.
Dr. Solomon P. Eddie
Played By: Peter Stormare
A crooked plastic surgeon arrested by Anderton many years ago for setting his patients on fire, Dr Eddie now makes a living by performing illegal surgical operations. The first of Anderton's underworld contacts encountered, he provides Anderton with new eyes.
- Back-Alley Doctor: His profession. Working out of a filthy apartment, the only thing stopping the operations from turning disastrous is a combination Eddie's own expertise and a metric ton of antibiotics.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Creepy and borderline-insane though he may be, Dr Eddie is actually a very capable surgeon.
- Deadly Doctor: Subverted. After admitting that he set his patients on fire, Dr Eddie is very quick to note that he eventually put them out, and he doesn't actually commit murder during the film.
- Evil Is Petty: After explaining his arrest and imprisonment in great detail, the film briefly gives the impression that Eddie might take revenge by deliberately botching the surgery or straight-up murdering Anderton. Instead, Eddie seems pretty content to leave Anderton unharmed except for a few extremely cheap jokes at his expense - namely by adding rotten sandwitches and rancid milk to his post-surgery supplies.
- Jerkass: Yells at his assistant, sedates Anderton without waiting for his content, and goes on to play a number of disgusting pranks on his freshly-blinded patient.
- Large Ham: For most of his time in the spotlight, Eddie is gleefully gnawing on the scenery, especially once the sedatives kick in and Anderton goes quiet.Solomon: Quack, quack!
- Mad Doctor: Originally arrested and jailed for setting his patients on fire, all so he could demonstrate his skills in patching them up. Later, as a black-market surgeon, he has no trouble with playing incredibly petty tricks on recently-blinded patients... and for good measure, it's never established exactly how Mr Yakamoto donated his eyeballs to Eddie's surgery.
- Organ Theft: Implied to be the recipient of stolen organs, especially given that Anderton's new eyeballs still have their owner's ID attached to them.
- Prison Rape: Cheerfully recalls that most of his time in prison was spent desperately trying to avoid this trope. In the end, he succeeded by cloistering himself in the library and studying medicine for as long as humanly possible, which is one of the reasons why he's able to perform the operation on Anderton to begin with.
Played By: Mike Binder
An otherwise unassuming citizen of D.C., and John's future victim.
- Chronic Evidence Retention Syndrome: Subverted. When Anderton tracks him down, Crow's bed is covered in photographs of children - supposedly all the children he murdered; however, it's later revealed that the evidence was deliberately planted in order to drive Anderton to murder, making this an...
- Orgy of Evidence: The trope-naming incident.
- Death Seeker: Though clearly frightened by the incoming ordeal, Crow is clearly resigned to death at Anderton's hands if it means that his family will be taken care of... and when it looks like Anderton might be about to walk away, Crow actually goes so far as to force his hand.
- Driving Question: Who is Leo Crow, and why would Anderton want to kill him?
- Famous Last Words: Heard throughout the visions and finally in reality. However, it's not until the end that the context behind the words becomes clear.Anderton, wait a sec-
- Serial Killer: Subverted. Despite the many photographs of missing children and apparent past victims in his possession, he's actually an innocent man.
- The Scapegoat: Agreed to pose as the murderer of Sean Anderton and hundreds of other children, all in order to get John Anderton to murder him; in return, Crow's family would receive financial support.
- Suicide by Cop: When Anderton fails to kill him, he forces Anderton to shoot him, thus making it look like the Precogs' vision was real.
- Walking Spoiler: The Precogs foresee his death at the hands of Anderton. His death leads to Anderton running with Agatha in tow while trying to figure out the mystery of her strange visions.
Rufus T. Riley
Played By: Jason Antoon
A mildly flamboyant computer and electronics expert previously charged with felony hacking, now running a well-known Cyberspace parlor called "Dreamweaver." A "friend" of Anderton's, he is called upon to extract Anderton's minority report from Agatha's brain.
- Alliterative Name: Take out the middle initial and you get Rufus Riley.
- Blatant Lies: Indulges in this during his introduction; halfway through discussing a VR scenario featuring the murder of a client's boss, Riley notices Anderton striding towards him. Without missing a beat, Riley starts talking as loudly as possible about VR scenarios about becoming a conductor, then acting disgusted when the client tries to push the issue.
- Einstein Hair: Just look at the photo.
- Kissing Cousins: Suggested. He apparently has "thoughts" about his cousin Elaina.
- Percussive Maintenance: Discussed; when the report fails to emerge from Agatha's mind, Riley sarcastically suggests bonking her on the head.
- Reformed Criminal: He might be a bit of a sleaze, but for a former cyber criminal, Riley's actually running a semi-legitimate business and rather shaky about virtual reality scenarios that might draw police attention.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential/Videogame Perversity Potential: Since most of his business involves tailoring virtual reality scenarios for high-paying customers, Riley often ends up catering to clients who want to commit murder or have sex in their scenarios. For example, one client can be seen asking for a VR setup where he can murder his boss, and though Riley isn't willing to talk about the subject when cops are on the premises, he doesn't consider it out of the question.
Played By: Jessica Harper
A former Neuroin addict and mother of Agatha. Drowned by an unknown assailant a few years prior to the events of the film. Her murder was one of the earliest Precrime cases. She promptly becomes the subject of John's investigation upon seeing her in a prevision.
- Hope Spot: Murdered while waiting to be reunited with her long-lost daughter. Agatha's vision of the future makes this moment even nastier: Anne had just been rescued from an unknown assailant by Precrime cops, and Lamar had followed this up by personally comforting her and giving her every assurance that she'd be allowed to meet Agatha soon. Minutes later, Lamar dons ski mask and gloves, and murders Anne Lively in cold blood.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: By Lamar Burgess, in order to prevent Anne from potentially destabilizing Precrime.
- Oh, Crap!: The visions of her final moments tend to focus on her horrified expression a great deal. And it's not just because she knows she's going to be murdered - it's because she's realized that the murder's going to be committed by the man who supposedly rescued her.
- Posthumous Character: Dead for six years before the film begins.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in a handful of scenes, most of them Precog visions of her death... and yet the events of the film could never have happened without her. To begin with, her Neuroin addiction ends up bestowing psychic powers upon her unborn daughter, completing the Precog triad with it's most powerful member and ensuring the formation of Precrime. Anderton's investigation into her murder ends up getting him framed in order to prevent him from discovering the truth, kicking off the main plot of the movie. Finally, Agatha's vision of her death, as displayed before the public, ends up helping to discredit Precrime for good.
Played By: Tyler Patrick Jones and Dominic Scott Kay
John and Lara's beloved son who was kidnapped 6 years before the events of the film.
- And I Must Scream: The Precogs' existence under Precrime. Already prisoners of the Temple, they're also effectively imprisoned within their own bodies as a result of their drug regime, forced to watch horrific murders committed on a 24/7 basis. For good measure, their sedation not only prevents them from awakening from sleep, but it also prevents them from drifting into too deep a sleep, keeping them suspended in a hellish limbo between consciousness and unconsciousness.
- Blessed with Suck: Big time. Imagine you're able to see the future, but it's mainly continual flashes of people being horrifically murdered. Now imagine you've been doing this your entire life. Basically, your head has been filled with virtually nothing but sheer Nightmare Fuel... and as long as the government can still rely on your predictions, it's never going to stop.
- Dehumanization: Anderton admits that "it's better if you don't think of them as people," when discussing their plight.
- Junkie Prophet: Because their visions of the future are experienced in dreams, the Precogs were kept in a state of perpetual sedation while in Precrime activity. Plus, it was because of the drug Neuroin that they were born with their powers to begin with.
- Psychic Powers: Precognition or Clairvoyance in this case as the unexpected byproduct of a Bizarre Baby Boom with "neuroin"-addicted parents somehow granting their offspring with super abilities.
Played By: Samantha Morton (film), Laura Regan (series)
The lead precognative ("precog"), who has the most powerful psychic abilities of the three.
- Break the Cutie: Endures traumatic experiences her whole life as a result of her powers, including witnessing her own mother's murder.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Agatha and reality have a rather tenuous relationship, and most of her dialogue following her initial release swings from traumatized mumbling to barely-comprehensible advice.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Her apparently random orders actually help Anderton stymie their pursuers; she is a Precog, after all.
- Mad Oracle: Played with. Years spent under constant sedation while being forced to observe murders have left her more than a little bit disturbed, an impression only worsened by her lack of social skills; however, as she spends more time outside of captivity, she gradually becomes more lucid and is able to help Anderton more directly.
- Meaningful Name: Named after celebrated novelist Agatha Christie. Her last name, revealed to be Lively as she turns out to be the daughter of Anne Lively, may ironically refer to the nature of her function in Precrime: continually seeing people killed in gruesome ways and constantly kept somewhat sedated thus being "neither dead nor alive".
- The Other Darrin: In the TV series she's played by Laura Regan.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Without her, the 6-year Precrime experiment wouldn't have existed. The people of DC can live in peace knowing that Precrime will keep them safe from any murders that are about to go down...but only at the cost of keeping her and the twins constantly sedated and continually seeing human nature at it's worst on a daily basis.
- Properly Paranoid: Dash thinks she's overreacting when she tells him that his working with Vega is dangerous, but she has visions to back her own fears up. She doesn't tell him because she doesn't want to scare him about the possibility that they will be recaptured and Precrime reinstated.
- Waif Prophet: Agatha has been left extremely frail as a result of her time in captivity, and can barely walk without assistance following her release.
- You Killed My Father: Lamar killed her mother and used her to predetermine future crimes. A reoccurring scene she sees is her mother's death.
Played By: Matthew Dickman (film), Stark Sands (series)
One of twin Precogs who, along with Agatha and Arthur, form a hive-minded psychic link to see future murders. After his release he was still troubled by the murders he saw, and returned to DC in order to try and solve them. He comes up short until he teams up with Detective Lara Vega.
- Always Identical Twins: In the film. In the series, however, it's retconned to fraternal.
- Ascended Extra: Dashiell becomes one of the lead characters in the Minority Report TV series.
- Meaningful Name: Named after iconic mystery writer Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade).
- No Social Skills: Dash has only come into the public world in the past few weeks - and the fact that he was imprisoned for most of his life and never saw anything but murder certainly doesn't help matters.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: He was placed in the Precrime division at a young age.
- The Runt at the End: Dash is the youngest and "weakest" of the precogs. His name even starts with a different letter. When they were in the temple, Agatha would get the clearest image and Arthur would get the names while Dash's visions would be used to fill in the gaps. Now that Dash is trying to operate alone, the limitations of his abilities makes trying to stop murders all the more difficult.
Played By: Michael Dickman (film), Nick Zano (series)
One of twin Precogs who, along with Agatha and Dashiell, form a hive-minded psychic link to see future murders. Between the events of the movie and the series, Arthur grew dissatisfied with being locked away from society and returned to DC. When Dash next meets him he's become arrogant and rich through his abilities.
- Always Identical Twins: In the film. In the series, however, it's retconned to fraternal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Arthur is much more at ease with the world than Dash, and is better prepared with a quip than his younger twin.
- Meaningful Name: Named after iconic mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).
- Mundane Utility: Not exactly "mundane", as he's used his visions to steal the identities of rich people about to die and clean out their accounts, allowing him to live in a penthouse suite. Still, it's a leap from preventing murders like he used to.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: They were placed in the Precrime division at a young age.
- Power Perversion Potential: Arthur used his abilities to get rich and take advantage of people - and implies that this includes showing off to seduce women.