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Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  24 February 2012 (USA)
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When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight.



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The gang regroup and come back stronger than ever. They decimate the enemy and forge a new beginning for their country

Director: Stuart Beattie


Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Lang (as Andy Ryan)
Dr. Clements
Don Halbert ...
Mr. Linton
Mrs. Linton
Stephen Bourke ...
Police Officer
Kelly Butler ...
Mrs. Maxwell
Julia Yon ...
Mrs. Takkam
Dane Carson ...
Mr. Mathers


Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guerreiros do Amanhã  »

Box Office


AUD 25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£85,841 (UK) (8 April 2011)


£85,841 (UK) (8 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the best-selling teenage fiction book series by John Marsden. See more »


During the garbage truck chase, many lights can be seen on in the windows of numerous businesses lining the streets, as well as various illuminated signs in the background of several shots, despite the fact that the power is supposed to be out in town, and that most of the invasion took place during the day when no lights would be on. See more »


[first lines]
Ellie Linton: We're not going to hold back. Recording it like this, it's um, it's so important to us. I guess it's our way of telling us that things matter. That we mean something. Maybe... some of the things we've done... The friends that we've lost, hopefully it all makes a difference somehow.
[regaining her composure]
Ellie Linton: There's only one way to do this. And that's to go back to where this all began.
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First book of one of Australia's Best Fiction series Comes to the big screen
16 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

"Tomorrow When the war Began" is the First book in the Series known as the "Tomorrow Series", a series of seven books and a further series known as "The Ellie Chronicles" by Australian Author John Marsden.

This Book was Year ten English reading for many Australian schools in the late 90's and early 00's

Tomorrow when the War Began concerns itself with seven Australian teenage friends from a rural town who go on a camping trip to "Hell" (the name given to the destination), and while on this camping trip find the way to an area many thought myth, a place well hidden, while camping in this newly found place Australia is invaded by an unnamed country, changing their lives forever.

The Movie does live up to the books, though it is ten years since I last read them, I still choke up at the thought of several of the scenes depicted in the book, and seeing them on the big screen, depicted as well as I could have hoped has left me yearning for the rest of this series to be as well done.

I will be purchasing the DVD as soon as it comes out.

Good work.

10 out of 10!

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