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Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 July 2007 (USA)
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An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writers:

Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox ... Mikaela Banes
Josh Duhamel ... Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson ... USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
Rachael Taylor ... Maggie Madsen
Anthony Anderson ... Glen Whitmann
Jon Voight ... Defense Secretary John Keller
John Turturro ... Agent Simmons
Michael O'Neill ... Tom Banacheck
Kevin Dunn ... Ron Witwicky
Julie White ... Judy Witwicky
Amaury Nolasco ... ACWO Jorge "Fig" Figueroa
Zack Ward ... First Sergeant Donnelly
Luis Echagarruga Luis Echagarruga ... Ranger Team
Travis Van Winkle ... Trent DeMarco
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Storyline

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) ... Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Most have come to destroy us. Some have come to protect us. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prime Directive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,502,384, 8 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$319,071,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$709,709,780
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The release date was set without a script or a cast. See more »

Goofs

When Agent Simmons places the detector near Sam, he reports that he's seeing 14 Rad. Presumably, Sam has become contaminated by proximity to Bumblebee and the other auto-bots. If Sam is emanating 14 Rads, being in close proximity to him would be fatal in about 24 hours. Sam would certainly be dead himself by this point. Later, in the SUV, the detector starts to click again as the Autobots approach to rescue Sam and Mikaela. The switch is in the first position above off, which is the battery test position. It would not respond to changes in radiation in this mode. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Optimus Prime: Before time began, there was the Cube. We know not where it comes from, only that it holds the power to create worlds and fill them with life. That is how our race was born. For a time, we lived in harmony. But like all great power, some wanted it for good, others for evil. And so began the war. A war that ravaged our planet until it was consumed by death, and the Cube was lost to the far reaches of space. We scattered across the galaxy, hoping to find it and rebuild our home. ...
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There are three scenes in the closing credits:
  • the first two scenes are of Ron and Judy Witwicky, who were told about the Transformers, trying to bluff their way through an interview about the recent alien events.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Without Honor or Humanity
Written & Performed by Tomoyasu Hotei
Courtesy of IRC2 Corporation/Toshiba EMI Limited
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Brain - roll out! Fun - roll in!
12 August 2007 | by Lee ScottSee all my reviews

After a series of disappointments this summer (Spidey 3, Pirates 3, FF2) I was not massively optimistic about this one, especially given the involvement of Michael Bay, despite the decent advance press I'd seen. Well, how wrong was I? This movie absolutely nails it, Bay does a terrific job, Shia LaBeouf is superb, the script is (deliberately) hilarious and the robots…ahh, the robots! They're uniformly magnificent, setting a new high-water mark for CGI, and adding everything that they should to this thrill-ride. Speaking as a Transformers G1 toy geek (I can freely quote the mottos from the little stats card that was on the boxes – and Megatron was my favourite) I am totally at ease with the design and vehicle changes that have been made – movies are not toys and it isn't the 80s. Everyone should go see this film to make sure that they do the decent thing and start prepping the sequel immediately!


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