Day After Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow

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Director: Roland Emmerich, Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm

Cast: Roland Emmerich, Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm


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Directed by Roland Emmerich, this mega-budget, special-effects-laden epic revolves around the onset of an international series of crises brought on by the long-term results of the greenhouse effect. At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes


Directed by Roland Emmerich, this mega-budget, special-effects-laden epic revolves around the onset of an international series of crises brought on by the long-term results of the greenhouse effect. At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes on the preservation of the world in the dawn of the next ice age and all the disaster that comes along with it -- violent hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, massive floods, etc. Hall must also contact his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in the middle of an academic competition in New York City when the chaos begun. In addition to facing the largest-scale onslaught of natural catastrophes in the history of humankind, Jack, in his journey north, must contend with the masses fleeing south in an attempt to resettle in a warmer climate. The Day After Tomorrow also features Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, and Joe Cobden. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The science behind this one may be a little shaky -- the possibility of a new Ice Age sweeping the planet overnight is pretty remote. But once you can get past the basic implausibility of the premise, you'll find that The Day After Tomorrow is, well, one of the coolest pictures to come along in quite a while. It's really a throwback to those great Irwin Allen disaster movies of the '60s and '70s. Allen's 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, for example, took the opposite tack and posited that Earth's atmosphere could catch fire overnight. You take a group of people with disparate backgrounds, interests, and agendas; throw them together in a life-threatening situation caused by Mother Nature; and see how many of them survive to discover a means of reversing (or escaping) the effects of the calamity. In this case, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), having foretold the possibility of global warming suddenly triggering a new Ice Age, gets no satisfaction from seeing his prediction come true -- because his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is trapped in New York City, which has already been swamped by a tidal wave and essentially frozen solid. As the planetary freezing moves southward, Jack heads northward to rescue Sam and others that may have survived. Director Roland Emmerich, no stranger to such apocalyptic goings-on, marshals assistance from his art director, cinematographer, and special-effects team to make this frigid farrago convincing, and it's to his credit that he succeeds admirably. Formulaic plotting and stereotypical characters aside, The Day After Tomorrow, like Jack Hill himself, plots a course and doggedly pursues it to a successful conclusion. Although the submersion of Manhattan by tidal wave was done fairly convincingly in 1933's Deluge, that film's visuals don't begin to compare to the digital magic conjured up by Emmerich's special-effects sorcerers. There probably isn't a viewer on the planet -- in hot or cold climes -- that won't feel a chill up his or her spine when the Statue of Liberty is swept under by a monster tsunami. Quaid and Gyllenhaal are appropriately stolid in their roles and more than adequately supported by Ian Holm, Sela Ward, Jay O. Sanders, and others. Relative newcomer Emmy Rossum makes a strong showing as Jake's plucky companion and (if she lives through the ordeal) probable girlfriend. Providing old-fashioned thrills served up with new-fangled technology, The Day After Tomorrow makes an ideal "popcorn movie," and one that will certainly stand the test of time with repeat viewings.

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Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by Director/Co-writer Roland Emmerich and Producer Mark Gordon; Full-length audio commentary by Co-writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Director of Photography Ueli Steiger, Editor David Brenner and Production Designer Barry Chusid; "Audio Anatomy" interactive sound demo; Deleted scenes; DVD-ROM* includes over an hour of exclusive "Making Of" footage; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jack Hall
Jake Gyllenhaal Sam Hall
Ian Holm Terry Rapson
Emmy Rossum Laura Chapman
Sela Ward Lucy Hall
Dash Mihok Jason Evans
Kenneth Welsh Vice President Becker
Jay O. Sanders Frank Harris
Austin Nichols J. D.
Perry King President of the United States
Nestor Serrano Gomez
Adrian Lester Simon
Sheila McCarthy Judith
Arjay Smith Brian Parks
Glenn Plummer Luther
Tamlyn Tomita Janet Tokada
Jared Harris Actor
Rick Hoffman Actor
Kenny Moskow Bob
Joe Cobden Zack

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Bonin Art Director
David Brenner Editor
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Don Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Martin Gendron Art Director
Stephanie Germain Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Producer
Thomas M. Hammel Co-producer
Lawrence Inglee Associate Producer
Harald Kloser Score Composer
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Jeffrey Nachmanoff Screenwriter
Réal Proulx Art Director
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer
Kelly Van Horn Executive Producer
April Webster Casting
Kim Winther Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Victor Zolfo Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Day After Tomorrow
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. Giving Way [:23]
3. U.N. Conference [2:41]
4. A Big Drop [3:08]
5. Old Wounds [3:00]
6. A Bumby Ride [1:29]
7. Bad Omens [1:17]
8. The Decathlon [3:38]
9. Too Fast [2:43]
10. L.A. [:11]
11. Worse Case Scenario [2:08]
12. Mountain Of Data [1:55]
13. New York City [1:31]
14. Wall Of Water [1:44]
15. The New Ice Age [5:24]
16. Contact [2:41]
17. Presidential Briefing [4:21]
18. A Toast [3:07]
19. Life Or Death [:41]
20. North And South [5:52]
21. Hard Choices [:57]
22. Warming Up [2:09]
23. A Good Friend Gone [2:57]
24. The Age Of Reason [2:32]
25. Passing The Torch [6:14]
26. The View From Space [1:46]
27. Aboard The Ship [1:35]
28. Eye Of The Storm [1:47]
29. Promises To Keep [3:16]
30. The Last Mile [:44]
31. Moving Forward [1:29]
32. End Titles [4:06]


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The Day After Tomorrow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people may think that it was just special effects, but the time is coming and sooner than we all want to accept. It is a great movie that should make people stop and think...the special effects were very good...and little Emmy is just too beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great entertaining flick! The Cast was great, and acting well done. While the possibility may or may not be far fetched, it gives us all something to think about! It's too bad that Mr. Rusch (see reviews) seems to think the only ones responsible for destroying the planet are Republicans - I imagine, he walks everywhere, and never wears anything other than clothing and shoes made from natural fibers harvested by hand, and eats nothing unless he grew it himself (grown organically of course!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can snoot the ax murder that's right behind you, but there's nothing you can do about the weather. An excellent choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent disaster movie, I saw it at the theatre when it came out, I was so into the movie I didn't notice we had a heck of a storm going on outside.
Sophie-Bear More than 1 year ago
I love weather related movies and this is one of my favorites. I know it will probably never happen, but it sure is fun to watch.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Day After Tomorrow features the characters- Sam. Brain, Laura, Professor Jack Hall {Sam's dad}, Dr. Lucy Hall {Sam's mom}, played by the actors- Dennis Squaid, Jake Gyllengaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and Sela Ward. The movie was two hours and thirty-five minutes, and I watched it in English. It was rated PG-13. I watched this in the DVD format. The main idea of the movie was that Global Warming is not a future problem, it might happen at any time. The movie shows what its' effects on the Earth just might be. What are the results of our continuous abusing natural resources and destroying the balance between fresh and salt water? When the huge wave of water hit New York City, you will find yourself at the edge of your seat. In the beginning of this movie you see scenes from New Dehi and Tokyo. For the rest of the movie we are taken to Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles. By the end of the movie, we are in Mexico. After years of unabated global warming, the greenhouse effect is wreaking havoc all over the globe in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and, most ominously, the beginning of the next Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid) tries to save the world while also shepherding to safety his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in New York when the city was overwhelmed by the beginnings of the new big freeze.
hiEM More than 1 year ago
i dont know wat you think but its my favirote movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters of the movie are Professor Adrian Hall (Dennis Quaid), Sam Hall (Jake Gyllenhall), Laura Chapman (Emmy Rossum), and Terry Rapsom(Ian Holm). The total amount of time that the movie takes is two hours and four minutes (124 minutes). The movie was rated PG-13 for intense situations of peril. It comes in three different languages, but I watched it in English. The movie released in theaters on May 28, 2004, and I watched it in July 2004. The topic of this movie is based on what might the next ice age be like? We learn that the next ice age will come about in two or three days. In the past scientists believed that it was really supposed to happen in 10 million years. The theme is sci-fi, horror, action, adventure, and drama, and it is set in present-day New York City. T he Earth is a experiencing and unusual amount of natural disasters. Professor Hall is trying to save the Earth while trying to rescue his son from an already freezing New York. In this movie you are always on the edge because you never know what is going to come up next. This movie is totally unpredictable. I would tell you more about the movie but you'll just have to watch it for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see this movie a week later after it came to theaters. It was an incredible movie. I mean the possibility of that happening are very, very rare. I was hooked when it started. If you think when you watch the movie. And picture yourself in something like that would really happen. And instead of someone in the movie picture it is you and there are no cameras around no one telling you what to say and do. Just you and these few people. I'm just saying imagining you being thrown into this, with people you barely know. And trying to survive. I would definely recommend this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, like I said, the special effects were amazing. I think the tornadoes was the best special effect of all, though New York under water was pretty good, too. It's a movie that makes you think and leaves you hanging. Some things you can predict, others you can't. It is a FANTASTIC movie! A+
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you actually read His review... Johnny pitts (whoever that is) gave this movie 1 star. Although the movie is not based on actual scientific research, it does raise the question of, 'What if?' Very entertainably I might ad. 3 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Title: The Day After Tomorrow The main Characters Jack Hall and Sam , are played by the fine actors Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal . Additionally Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, and Ian Holm are also in this movie. This movie is 123 minutes , filmed in English , and is rat ed PG-13 . I enjoyed the movie because the actors (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Sela Ward, and Ian Holm) are very excellent and they have a lot of talent. I think the movie was really great. If you ask me on a scale from 1-10 the movie is most definitely a 10. I like the part when Sam was in the cold, cold water calling his dad about to freeze death. The part that was so sad is when the tornado hit and killed all those people. Then when a tidal wave almost wipes out the whole New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Sam's brave dad and some workers try to go help Sam. The story took place in New York City, and Los Angeles. This movie shows action, science fiction, and thriller. Jack Hall had to go save his son before he froze to death. Hopefully he made it in time. When Laura Chapman tried to save these people from drowning and freezing to death she got cut and got frost bitten, and was sick. This movie came out in theatre in May 28, 2004 and on DVD in October 12, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Would you stay with your family until the end and die together? Or would you try to find a way to avoid such a terrible ending? Everyone had to face these questions in this action filled movie about the world being destroyed by the next ice age. Present in the middle of this story is a paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who uses his training to try to save everyone in the world from the effects of global warming. Meanwhile, his need to protect his child forces him to go against all odds trying to get to his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is trapped in New York City. The city has been taken over by the beginnings of the next Ice Age. His wife, located in another state, also has to face the harsh temperatures as she waits with an ill patient for ambulance transportation. In addition to all of the other challenges Hall has to face, he witnesses the many deaths of those who tried to go south, but failed. He has to survive the chilling temperatures, challenges that he never thought he would have to go through, and keep his sanity at the same time. Despite what anyone might say, I personally think this movie is great. It has twists and turns that will surprise anyone. And if shows what can really happen if the next ice age dawned upon us from a different perspective. It¿s a wild ride that you can¿t miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie features the phenomena of Global warming as it trigger¿s a slew of terrible storms and the onset of a new ice age. In t he beginning of this story Jack Hall has found locked in the ice cores, which is evidence of a cataclysmic climate shift. Which occurred 10,000 years ago. The concentration of these natural greenhouse gases in the ice cores indicates that the run away warnings has pushed the planet into an ice age that has lasted two century¿s. Global warming can trigger a cooling trend, a contradiction, of sorts. We also learn that the northern hemisphere owes the temperate climate to the North Atlantic Current. Heat comes from the sun and arrives at the equator and carries it out into the North of the ocean. But global warming is melting the polar ice caps and disrupting its flow, and eventually it will shut down and when that occurs there goes there worm climate. Jack Hall's son is stuck in the middle of NY City, as this disaster unfolds. Would he go help him? Or will he give up on him? What will happen to the rest of the people? Where would they go? Will they survive? This is a really good movie and I give two thumbs up. This movie has suspense and its also action packed. You can¿t miss it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot of this film was extremely hokey and clumsy. Dennis Quaid appeared ready to hike 1000 miles through the snow, not to save his son, but to get as far away from this disaster of a movie as possible. The story was silly, perhaps intended to scare people into treating the environment and third world countries better. But, unfortunately, it merely comes off as garbled and preachy. It will probably end up setting back the movements it tries to champion. Gyllenhaal and Quiad are good actors, but this movie lets them down. I give it an extra star only because the special effects were really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Day After tommorow was an excellent movie. It was based mainly on the Global Warming affect and the world going into a Ice Age. The main character was a scientist who studied climate. In an impoartant meeting with ambassadors from all over the world he tried to warn the rest of the world of the Global Warming affect, but they would not listen. In the outcome, at an increasing rate, the world went into an Ice Age. There were tornadoes in Los Angeles and hurricanes in New York. The climate scientist had a son who was stuck in New York when the Ice Age began. The Statue of Liberty was knocked down and the city of New York was flooded. The closest place he could run to was the city library. He ran into the library with his friends where they stayed for the next couple of days. The temperatures began to drop quickly. Learning so much from his father, he had to figure out what to do to save himself and whoever else he could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best - and makes it scaryier due to the fact that it could happen. So when/if it does - lets see who is crying out to see the movie again for useful tips. It is so realistic-the special effects-I thought it actually happened. Johnny Pitts-I spit on you - LOOK AT YOURSELF! (she/he said 'Anyone who thinks this movie has any scientific value (much less entertainment value) should take a good hard look at themselves!' - twit)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am rating this movie low because there was so much hype for it but it just flat out did not live up to it. It was the most boring movie I have ever seen. If you have been having trouble sleeping lately, I would recommend you throw your seeping pills away and rent the day after tomorrow. Otherwise do not waste your money on this movie. The only reason i did not rate this movie at one star was because of the special affects but otherwise there is no plot what so ever. This movie wasted 2 hours of my life that I cannot get back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The SP FX are wonderful! Jake and Dennis are wonderful, as usual! The point of the movie is wonderful, open your eyes man! The loyality and respect between father/son, man/dog, girl/boy, people/planet is wonderful! The "wolves scene" is NOT wonderful but then 'nothing is perfect.' Just take this movie for what it is...a Hollywood joyride through something that "could" happen, maybe not just like this movie but then... how do we know for sure?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie The Day After Tomorrow was very interesting . It was a movie that I wouldn't imagine myself going to see in a million years, but we saw it in our science class . The movie is about a scientist who studies the ways weather patterns changed in the past. Professor Adrian Hall (Quaid), tries to save the world from the effects of global warming . He is also trying to get to his son, Sam (Gyllenhaal), who was in New York City as part of a scholastic competition . However, the entire northern hemisphere was overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against the flow of all other living things, as they race south to warmer climes, for he is the only one going north.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Title: “The Day After Tomorrow” Characters: Jack Hall - Dennis Quaid Sam Hall - Jake Gyllenhaal Laura Chapman - Emmy Rossum Dr. Lucy Hall - Sela Ward Vice President Becker - Kenneth Welsh Terry Rapson - Ian Holm Jason Evans - Dash Mihok Director: Roland Emmerich Producer: Mark Gordon Rating: PG-13 Release Date: May 28th, 2004 Genre: Action, Adventure, and Science Fiction Time: 2 hours and 24 minutes "The Day After Tomorrow" is rated PG-13, however it is a movie that should concern almost anyone. Climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) believes that problems with global warming have been disregarded over the years and will become real factors in the future, perhaps killing the human race in 1,000 years or more. However, his pleas to worldwide delegates at a conference fall on deaf ears. Of course we all recognize instantly that Hall’s predictions are going to come true at a much more rapid pace. Almost immediately, a whole lot of people find themselves involved in a bizarre destruction pattern of wild weather around the world. Los Angeles experiences twisters, D.C. falls to intense snow and the sub-zero temperatures in temperate areas surprise everyone. New York seems to sink, because of profound floods. Hall's son Sam (Jake Gyllenhall), Emmy, and a group of high school academic competitors and others end up stuck in the city's library. They must stay warm in order to survive. Jake tries to get in contact with his father by calling him from a public phone in the basement. He almost gets stuck in there because it is inundated with water. The US government tries to do its best to get the residents as far south as possible. It appears as if they are invading Mexico, and the government officials are really annoyed about that. Doctor Lucy Hall (Sela Ward ) gets trapped in D.C. while taking care of a patient that has cancer. The people are so frightened that they don’t know what actions to take. In addition to all of the extra challenges Dr. Hall faces, he's also going against all manner of life as they races south to warmer places trying to survive all of the challenges. This is a film that can instruct you a lot about global warming. But it can also seem like a puzzle to you because most of it is not accurate. I take pleasure in watching this movie for the reason that it is a kind of movie that makes you want to keep watching it. If you are interested in films that articulate how human race might vanish, this is the one for you. I recommend this movie to any teenager 13 and older. If I were to rate this movie I would give it four stars. By: Yolanda Sime
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i watched it, I LAUGHED at the bad acting, unbelievable series of events and random radioative wolves thrown in for thrill... if you have bad taste in movies, you'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Characters:Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall Jake Gyllen Haal as Sam Hall Emmy Rossum as Laura Chapma Sela Ward as Dr. Lucy Hall Becker- Kenneth Welsh as Vice President Ian Holm as Jerry Rapson Dash Mihok as Jason Evans Producer Mark Gordon Rating: PG-13 Release date: May 28 2004 Like a violent twister touching down on a small midwestern town, The Day After Tomorrow hurls moviegoers right into the eye of storm, literally within minutes. As the film opens, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) and his field team are researching ice cores in the Antarctic. They are almost killed when a chunk of ice the size of Rhode Island breaks off the Antarctic Ice Shelf. Later in Washington, Jack presents his research , which suggests that in the future, a buildup of carbon dioxide will cause polar ice caps to melt, pouring fresh water into oceans and disrupting the North Atlantic current. Unfortunately, mother nature has her own time table. Because of this , there are three massive super storms that look like they will push the northern part of the US into a new Ice Age--in a matter of days. Finally, when there doesn't seem to be a way to stop the fierce storms, the U.S. government launches full-scale evacuations to south of the boarder. Jack--snowshoes in tow--heads north to save his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is stranded with some friends inside the Manhattan Public Library, burning books (much to the dismay of the librarian) to keep warm. The story here isn't exactly deep, introspective stuff and the geographically dispersed characters are simply here as vehicles to advance the plot. The story is littered with disaster movie clichés, including J ack ' s wife who stays behind with her young cancer patient, the autocratic vice president who won't take Jack seriously, and the homeless guy who knows all the tricks to staying warm. The movie was a "must go see".
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Day after Tomorrow is an action, adventure, drama, and also realistic thriller. It is directed by Roland Emmerich. The topic of this movie is global warming. `Where would you be? ¿when the world as we know it comes to an end¿is the theme of this movie. The plot is very exhilarating. Set in New York and many other cities in the United States, this movie takes a big budget, special-effects filled look at what the world would look like if the greenhouse effect and global warming continued at current levels. World wide catastrophe and disaster come to pass, including multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of the next Ice Age. At the center of this story is a paleoclimatologist (a scientist who studies the way weather patterns change), Professor Jack Hall (Quaid), who tries to save the world from the effects of global warming. Meanwhile, he is also trying to reconnect with his son, Sam (Gyllenhaal). Sam went to New York City as a part of a scholastic competition, but was trapped in the city when it was overwhelmed by the chilling beginnings of the new Ice Age. In addition to all of the other challenges Dr. Hall faces, he¿s also going against the flow as humanity races south to warmer climates, and he¿s nearly the only one going north. The characters include Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall, Jake Gyllenhaal as Sam Hall, Emmy Rossum as Laura Champman, Dash Mihok as Jason Evans, Jay O. Sanders as Frank Harris, Sela Ward as Dr. Lucy Hall, Austin Nicholas as J.D., Arjay Smith as Brain Parks, Tamlyn Tomita as Janet Tokada, Sasha Roiz as Parker, Ian Holm as Terry Rapson, Nassim Sharara as Saudi Delegate, Kenneth Welsh as Vice President Becker and Michael Samah as Saudi Translator. This movie will have you thinking about your future and what will happen to the earth in the years to come.