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Cloud Atlas (2012)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
... Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie
... 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
... Young Rufus Sixsmith / Old Rufus Sixsmith / Nurse James / Archivist
... Talbot (Hotel Manager) / Yoona-939 / Rose
... Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite
... Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess
... Rev. Giles Horrox / Hotel Heavy / Lloyd Hooks / Denholme Cavendish / Seer Rhee / Kona Chief
... Old Salty Dog / Mr. Meeks / Prescient 1
... Mr. Boerhaave / Guard / Leary the Healer
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Storyline

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 on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. Written by Anonymous

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Everything Is Connected


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,612,247, 28 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,108,272, 7 July 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,482,868, 7 July 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few films in history that has three directors working together as an original team who equally share directing credit. See more »

Goofs

John Gardner's "Win, Lose or Die" is seen on the 1973 bookshelf of Luisa Rey during the conversation with Joe Napier. This book was first published in 1989. The same bookshelf contains The Defector by Howard Reynolds, which was published in 1987. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

When a montage is shown of all the characters the actors are playing, the font of the names changes with each time period. See more »


Soundtracks

Chimhyang Moo
Written by Byeong-ki Hwang (as Byungki Hwang)
Performed by Byeong-ki Hwang (as Byungki Hwang)
Taken from the album Chimyang Moo (CNLR0903-2)
Courtesy of C&L Music, Inc.
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A genre-breaking classic
8 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

There can be little doubt that Cloud Atlas will become a classic that will be watched over and over again by its devoted followers, just like its predecessors by Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott. Despite the many questions I had in my mind when I left the theater and the moments during the film when I felt disappointed or confused, I knew this, and I have not stopped thinking about the movie and longing to be back in front of the screen.

It is easy to criticize this movie as some have done for being overly ambitious, pandering to low taste, being too simple or too complex, with too few actors or too many, or even for celebrating revenge violence against professional critics who write negative reviews. They may all be correct, but these critics will still put themselves in the same category as those that warned audiences against 2001 or Blade Runner. The truth is that Cloud Atlas is profound in its reach, its visual and acoustic impact, its mesmerizing flow and its completely ground-breaking storytelling, and movie goers will see it and feel it in their guts.

It is a movie that is a product of our age of internet-driven universal knowledge and vision, and the freedom we have to travel the world and jump between ages, genres, images and identities at our will. It reminds us that we are human and that we can still hear our heart beat, if we listen.


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