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The Darkest Hour (2011) Poster

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Production was suspended for a planned two weeks due to the extraordinary air pollution caused by heavy smoke from the wild fires surrounding Moscow in August 2010. It eventually resumed three weeks later. Even with this precaution, smoke still made it into a lot of shots and had to be digitally removed in post production.
Shot in 3D as opposed to post-conversion.
The involvement of Timur Bekmambetov as producer afforded the production the opportunity of using Russia as a backdrop instead of the usual USA locations. Bekmambetov owns a film production company in Moscow called Bazelevs where most of the movie was made.
Not screened in advance for North American critics.
Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella became very good friends on set of this film and are still to this date.
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The shoot was 58 days and they added 8 or 9 days to the production schedule when they decided to shoot the film in 3D.
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The crew was made up of about 30% American and 70% Russian.
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Filming was shut down for three weeks because of a huge wildfire outbreak in Russia.
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The boat the refugees use to try to reach the submarine is named "Orca" (spelled "orka" in Cyrillic).
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