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Cloud Atlas (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  26 October 2012 (USA)
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry
Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym
Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
Adam Ewing / Poor Hotel Guest / Megan's Dad / Highlander / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam (Zachry's Brother-in-Law)
Tilda / Megan's Mom / Mexican Woman / Sonmi-451 / Sonmi-351 / Sonmi Prostitute
Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman
Kupaka / Joe Napier / An-kor Apis / Prescient
Talbot / Yoona-939 / Rose
Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite
Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess
Robert Fyfe ...
Old Salty Dog / Mr. Meeks / Prescient 1
Mr. Boerhaave / Guard / Leary the Healer


Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Seoul, far in the future. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,612,247 (USA) (26 October 2012)


$27,098,580 (USA) (18 January 2013)

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Luisa Rey's parents Lester and Judith Rey appear to be a tip of the hat to sci-fi publishing greats Lester del Rey and Judy-Lynn del Rey. See more »


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[first lines]
Zachry: [shivering beside the fire] Oh, lonesome night. And babbits bawling, the wind biting the bone. Wind like this... full of voices. Ancestry howling at you, yibbering stories, all voices tied up into one. One voice differing. One voice, whispering out there, spying from the dark. The fangy devil, Old Georgie hisself. Mm. Now your ear up close, and I'll yarn you about the first time we met, eye to eye.
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Looking For Freedom
Music by Jack White
Lyrics by Gary Cowtan
Performed by David Hasselhoff
© by Radiomusic - International (50% for Germany/Austria/Switzerland) / Young Music Publishing (Remaining World)
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Group (Germany)
Mit Freundlicher Genehmigung von Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
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Wow - movie of the year. A must see!
3 November 2012 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

The last time I felt like this after seeing a movie was when I saw "Inception" on opening night. I realized I was seeming something that was different, creative, and classic.

Cloud Atlas is an amazing piece of film. Even the harshest of critics cannot say that this film is not ambitious. But I think that 99% of the people that see this film will appreciate it. I'm NOT one who tends to like films that are overly "artistic" (I hated "Tree of Life", for example). But while the overall message of the film is hard to put into words, it is easy to understand. The film is very watchable, and the nearly 3 hour length seems to fly by. The stories are sharply written, and for those who are afraid of getting "lost" while viewing, no worries ... you'll enjoy seeing clues that link the stories, but even if you miss the clues you still will see a story that is well explained and easier to consume than an experimental art film.

I am absolutely shocked that the reviews from the "experts" have not been more favorable, and the lack of box office sales is a crime. Please go see this movie - if you can see one film this year, this is the one!

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