Fantastic Four (2005)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 46 mins

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This action-oriented superhero thriller follows the experiences and exploits of four astronauts, who, after being exposed to cosmic radiation during a space mission, find their entire lives remarkably altered. Inventor, astronaut and scientist Reed Richards, his ex-girlfriend Susan Storm, and pilots Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm, are torn apart and reformed atom-by-atom during their space mission. Soon after they return to Earth, they each manifest fantastic superpowers. Richards can stretch his body to inhuman lengths; Susan Storm can become invisible and create force fields; her brother Johnny Storm can ignite his body into living flame and soar through the air; and Ben Grimm's human features have been erased - now he wears the rocky form of a super-strong, invulnerable 'thing'. Outsiders to the human race, the group remain together and try to stop a madman named Dr. Doom who wants to reshape the world into his own twisted image.

Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba

Crew: Tim Story (Director), Oliver Wood (Director of Photography), John Ottman (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Dates: 08 Jul 2005 (India)

Tagline: 4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic

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as Reed Richards
as Sue Storm
as Compound Doctor
as Bohemian Girl 2
as Girl in Park
as Reporter - ETalk Daily
as Newsstand Pedestrian
as Compound Reporter #3
as Compound Reporter #2
as X Games Riders
as Reporter
as Johnny Storm
as NYPD Bridge Cop 2
as Bridge Reporter
as Old Lady with Car #2
as Reporter - FX
as Ernie
as Gallery Patron
as Chief Fireman
as X Games Announcer
as Truck Driver
as Fireman Hanging Off Bridge
as Victor's Doctor
as Construction Worker
as Elevator Lady
as Nightclub Boyfriend
as Elevator Lady
as LV Receptionist
as Leonard
as Newsstand Vendor
as Reporter - KING-TV
as Little Girl on Bridge
as X Games Reporter
as NYPD Bridge Cop 1
as Cop
as Bridge Business Man
as Elevator Lady
as Reporter - FX
as Reporter - KGUN-9-TV
as Construction Worker
as Reporter - Fox Network News
as Lusting Model
as Victor von Doom
as Elevator Lady
as Himself - Cowboy Kenny
as Alicia Masters
as Jimmy O'Hoolihan
as Reporter - KCOP
as Debbie McIlvane
as Elevator Lady
as Old Lady with Car #1
as Cab Driver
as Computer
as Sexy Nurse
as Reporter - UPN-9
as Reporter - KMAX-TV
as Lusting Model
as Principal
as Homeless Guy
as Ben Grimm
as Ned Cecil
as Elevator Lady
as Reporter - Fox Network News
as Corvette Redhead
as Little Girl
as Nightclub Girlfriend
as NYPD Bridge Cop 3
as Homeless Woman
as Bohemian Girl 1
as Lame Joke Businessman
as Goth Guy
as Ship Worker
as Extra
as Reporter - Wizard
as Hotel Guest
as Himself
as Reporter - NBC Tampa
as Featured Extra
as Girl in Park
as Reporter - The Comcast Network
as Newsstand Pedestrian
as Storm's Fan
as Willie Lumpkin
as Lusting Model
as Newsstand Pedestrian
as Reporter -
as Reporter- City TV
as Compound Reporter #1
as Lusting Model
as Elevator Lady
as Principal


Assistant Director


Story Writer
Comic Book Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director



Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Genesis, Panavision Panaflex, Panavision PSR, Panavision System 65, Super Panavision-70
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4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic
When an experimental space voyage goes wrong, four people are dramatically changed by cosmic rays to become the Fantastic Four
Fun. Fabulous. Fantastic
Prepare for the fantastic
When "The Thing" gets out of the police van, a blanket under the van which hides the hydraulic rams is visible (so the van can be shown to be moving up and down because of the Thing's weight.)

When Victor Von Doom is shown proposing to Sue Storm in the space station, for a brief moment you can see a reflection of the blue screens they used to create "space".

During the first interview scene on the bridge, Johnny hugs Ben and you can see that his shoulder is actually soft foam, not rock.

When Doom hits Ben with the light pole and Ben hits the ground, concrete from the street comes up before he actually hits the pavement.

Although they are supposed to be in the Baxter Building, the lobby and the elevators are clearly those of the Empire State Building. Furthermore, the Empire State is even clearly pictured in a huge wood inlay in the lobby

The Thing's weight is inconsistent throughout the film. For example, at the beginning, he's heavy enough to collapse a hospital bed while simply laying in it, but when he's thrown into a moving car by Dr. Doom at the end of the film, he does little more than dent the hood and apparently has little impact on the vehicle's maneuverability.

When Ben stands on the beam that the jumper has retreated to on the bridge, it bends several inches under his weight. After he jumps down onto the bridge surface it springs back to normal. Not only would a bend in such a beam be a permanent deformity, a mass large enough to cause such a bend would hit the asphalt with enough force to cause a similar depth crater, which does not happen in the movie. In fact if his weight remained at this level throughout the movie every foot step he made would break paving slabs, floor tiles and pretty much every thing he walked on, and have him crashing through any floor not reinforced to bank vault levels in any multi-story building he tried to enter.

After returning to NY, the 4 are sequestered in the Baxter Building. After a few days, Johnny leaves without notice and he already has new vanity license plates on his car.

The first time Dr. Reed Richards stretches his arm out, he is wearing surgical scrubs that, quite inexplicably, also stretch along with his arm without snapping.

When The Thing walks into the bar his footsteps are heavy enough to bounce the pool table and make the jukebox music jump, yet the drinks on the tables don't move at all.

After Victor changes Ben back to human, he attacks Ben with a backhand strike. Ben flinches just before Victor starts his swing.

Factual Mistake
When Reed is evaluating the group members, the screen lists Ben's powers as "superhuman strenght".

Factual Mistake
FDNY firefighters wear leather boots not rubber ones as seen in the film.

Factual Mistake
When Reed is testing Johnny Storm's ability to "flame on" in a test chamber constructed of titanium, the recorded temperature exceeds 4000K. Titanium melts at 1941K, and boils at 3560K. As there were slots in the chamber walls, it is unlikely that any insulation would have been effective in maintaining the integrity of the chamber.

Factual Mistake
New York City Fire Department Ladder 54 is an aerial-scope style "Tower Ladder" featuring a platform at the end of the ladder, not a "straight-stick" that lacks the platform. In fact the FDNY currently has no mid-mount straight-stick in service.

Errors in Geography
When Doom is fighting with Sue Storm, we can see the flash of Ben changing back into the Thing in the penthouse of the Baxter Building which is several blocks away. Less than a minute later, Thing crashes through the wall to save the day.

Errors in Geography
FDNY (Fire Department of New York) Ladder 54 is housed in the Bronx, a locality that is nowhere near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Errors in Geography
The logo for CityTV of Vancouver is clearly visible in a street scene.

Errors in Geography
During scenes that are supposed to take place in New York, you can clearly see the Burrard and Granville bridges of Vancouver, BC.

When Sue goes invisible for the first time on the bridge, she has high heeled boots on, as she disrobes... her feet are bare but she didn't take off her shoes nor is there any sight of them when Johnny picks up her clothing from the road.

When The Thing and Doom fall through the pool into the hallway, the man with the champagne glasses appears and disappears between shots.

When they are discussing building a machine to reverse their powers, Ben has a piece of watermelon on his fork during the closeup on him as he starts to ask Reed if it is possible. As he continues the sentence, the watermelon has disappeared when the scene changes to a group focus.

When Johnny Storm is coming out of the motorcycle show, he has his arms round the shoulders of two women. In the next shot he is linking arms with them then in the next shot, his arms are back round their shoulders.

When the waitress sets the stack of pancakes in front of Ben in the diner (with Von Doom), the butter pat slides off the side. In the next shot, the butter has magically jumped back to the top center of the stack, and stays there for the rest of the scene.

While Von Doom is watching Mr. Fantastic on his monitors as he's doing the equations on the blackboards, the final underlined statement is already on the board - then Mr. Fantastic goes and writes it on the board, underlines it, and retracts his arm.

In the fight scene between Ben and Doom, they fall into a hotel pool, showing a guest on the floor below looking at the ceiling as water starts to leak. In the sequence they keep jumping from the man trying to get in his room to the ceiling. As the water is rushing down the hall, from Ben's prospective we see the hall empty, but then they switch back to the man just getting in the door in time as the water rushes by.

As Susan Storm is containing the Super Nova being created by Johnny Storm her nose begins to bleed, but seconds later there is no sign of blood on her face.

Victor Von Doom's facial injuries after the space station incident change from scene to scene. Starting at similar size on both the left and right, then only on his right (and longer) with no trace of the ones on his left. Although the increasing length of the right one could be due to his condition, this does not explain why the left one vanished.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Dr. Doom is bending Reed Richards finger back when he's super cooled, Dr. Doom's hand slips and lets Reed's finger go at the end of the shot, but it continues to make the crunchy noises as if he is still bending the finger.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the motorcycle show you can hear the announcer speak, during an overview shot, but you can clearly see that he doesn't have the microphone near his mouth.

Factual Mistake
Reed and Sue's warning to Johnny about approaching 4000 degrees kelvin is wrong on two counts. Not only is this not approaching the temperature of the parts of the Sun that actually 'burn' hydrogen (the Core and the Corona, which are a thousand times hotter) but as a single point of heat only the air in the local vicinity would burn - not the whole planet's atmosphere. A far greater risk would be what in fact happened: objects near by would set alight and burn/melt.
This is not the first ever Fantastic Four to be made. Another was made (The Fantastic Four (1994)) but never released because, unbeknown to the cast and crew, it was never intended to BE released; it was made only because the studio that owned the rights to make a Fantastic Four movie would have lost them if it did not begin production by a certain date.

Jessica Alba had a kidney infection during the filming and nearly fainted when she was with Julian McMahon in the space station scene.

Jessica Alba's underwear scene was added after the actress had agree in the film.

Ioan Gruffudd was very excited about showing off to his Welsh parents that he was working on a major Hollywood production. Unfortunately, the day they came to visit him on set, he was filming an elevator scene.

During most of the shooting, Michael Chiklis was terribly uncomfortable in the hot Thing suit. The final street battle, however, was filmed in Vancouver in December, leaving Chiklis as the only comfortable one of the four (the rest were in the skintight blue uniforms).

As part of his costume for The Thing, Michael Chiklis wore prosthetic teeth. To prepare himself to speak with the prostheses, Chiklis wore them when reading to his children.

Michael Chiklis was offered the role of Thing after Jennifer Garner suggested him for it.

Hugh Jackman was offered the role of Reed Richards.

Michael Chiklis, the only one of 4 title actors already familiar with the comic book, has been a devout "Thing" fan since childhood, and eagerly fought to have a "real" Thing rather than a computer-generated character. wore 60 pounds of latex which took three hours to get into. To keep Chiklis cool in the suit, a rock was removed from his head and cold air was sprayed into the gap between the suit and the actor.

Paul Walker was considered for the part of Johnny Storm.

Chris Evans improvised most of his dialogues in the movie.

Several moments in the movie take their visual cues from Jack Kirby's work in the very first issue of Fantastic Four: The cosmic storm is depicted with the same bullet-shaped rays from the origin. Ben possesses the lumpy craggy face from his earlier appearance rather than his more familiar beetle-brow. Johnny races against a missile like he does in the opening act of the comic. Johnny's flame-form is a smoldering pillar of fire like it was in the earlier comics rather than the more familiar burning man look. Ben smashes into an oncoming truck in an angle identical to the one given in a panel where he exits a manhole directly in the path of an oncoming car.

The scene on the bridge took about 5 weeks to shoot.

Ioan Gruffudd's efforts to keep an American accent continually were hampered by the fact he would receive new script pages on a regular basis, forcing him to learn new lines at short notice.

George Clooney and Brendan Fraser were considered for the part of Reed Richards.

Ali Larter, Julia Stiles, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Banks, KaDee Strickland were considered for the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Woman.

While being examined by Reed, Ben mentions that he used to smoke. In the comics, the Thing used to smoke cigars, up until the early '90s, when Marvel's new editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada, instituted an "anti-smoking" policy for all the company's characters, banning them from being shown smoking on-panel.

During the pier conversation between Reed and Sue, not only were the actors not together (which is relatively common in filmmaking), they weren't even in the same country. Jessica Alba was filmed in New York City, while Ioan Gruffudd was filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In the early 1990s Bernd Eichinger's option on the rights to The Fantastic Four were about to expire, to avoid this he commissioned Roger Corman to make a film (The Fantastic Four (1994)) as quickly as possible so he could keep hold of the rights. This was mainly to thwart Chris Columbus who was after the rights at the same time. Corman's version only cost $2 million, neither him or his cast and crew knew that the film was dumper-bound. It has however been seen in bootleg and download versions, with the general critical consensus being that it was a terrible movie.

Victor foreshadows Mr. Fantastic and The Thing before the storm scene happens. He firstly comments on Reed Richards 'stretching' for the stars during the meeting, then later jokes about Ben Grimm doing 'all the heavy lifting'.

The film has nearly 900 special effects shots.

Tim Robbins was considered for Dr. Doom.

It was Julian McMahon's idea inspired by his role on Nip/Tuck (2003) to have Victor's scars sealed by surgical staples.

James Gandolfini was considered for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.

A one-minute sequence showing Johnny Storm morphing into a ball of flames and soaring over Manhattan took 4 months to create. The background was an entirely digitized rendering of New York City.

To get through the long arduous make-up, Michael Chiklis spent the time in the make-up chair watching the Boston Red Sox, his favorite team, who happened to be breaking the "Curse of the Bambino" winning their first World Series since 1918.

The script was developed for over ten years. The final writer was Simon Kinberg, who worked on the movie throughout its production.

When Peyton Reed was attached as the director, Renée Zellweger was considered for the Sue Storm/Invisible Woman role.

The action sequence on the Brooklyn Bridge was shot using a 200-foot set erected against a blue screen in a Vancouver parking lot and then later enhanced with CGI views of Manhattan.

20th Century Fox hired director Tim Story after his ensemble work on the Barbershop comedies.

When Johnny holds up a Thing toy (it says the "Clobberin' Time" line), it's a figure from Toy Biz's 2002 line of "Marvel Legends" action figures, a line of highly-detailed toys based on various characters from Marvel Comics. The particular figure shown is from the second wave released, and was packaged with a reprint of "Fantastic Four" (volume one), #263.

The film contains over 25 cameos by real-life employees of Fox television affiliates.

Patrick Wilson auditioned for a role in this film.

Laurie Holden, who plays the fiancée of Michael Chiklis's character Ben Grimm, would later appear alongside Chiklis in the final season of his TV series The Shield (2002).

Reed's smart phone, which he uses to control the holographic presentation at the beginning of the movie, is a Samsung SPH-i700 on Verizon. Verizon was a marketing partner for the film.

Although Stan Lee has made cameos in many Marvel movies, this is the first time he has played a character from the comics: Willy Lumpkin, the Fantastic Four's kindly old mailman. His line was supposed to be, "Welcome home, Dr. Richards," but he changed it to, "Welcome back to the Baxter Building, Doctor Richards!"

The producer of this movie, Ralph Winter has made a cameo playing the construction worker at the end of the film who closes the container door on Dr. Doom.

One of Wizard magazine's staff writers, Richard Ho, made a cameo appearance as one of the reporters in front of the Baxter Building in a crowd sequence. Wizard is one of the most successful and popular magazines about the comics business.