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EW Staff
October 10, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tom Cruise made EW’s Power List

AGE 40

WHY HIM Nobody opens a movie more reliably than Cruise — even last year’s muddle ”Vanilla Sky” ended up grossing $101 million domestically. This year’s ”Minority Report” was a modest success by his standards — the Cruise/Spielberg collaboration netted just $130 million — but big numbers are anticipated for 2003’s ”The Last Samurai.” More impressive is what Cruise can do for a film he isn’t even in: He was so wowed after screening the indie cop drama ”Narc” he decided to stick his name on the credits as a producer. Suddenly, Paramount picked it up for a December release and its director (the previously obscure Joe Carnahan) is talking deals all over town. Now, that’s power.

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