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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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David Mitchell (novel), Lana Wachowski (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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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:
Tom Hanks ... Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry
Halle Berry ... Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym
Jim Broadbent ... Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
Hugo Weaving ... Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie
Jim Sturgess ... Adam Ewing / Poor Hotel Guest / Megan's Dad / Highlander / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam (Zachry's Brother-in-Law)
Doona Bae ... Tilda / Megan's Mom / Mexican Woman / Sonmi-451 / Sonmi-351 / Sonmi Prostitute
Ben Whishaw ... Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman
Keith David ... Kupaka / Joe Napier / An-kor Apis / Prescient
James D'Arcy ... Young Rufus Sixsmith / Old Rufus Sixsmith / Nurse James / Archivist
Xun Zhou ... Talbot (Hotel Manager) / Yoona-939 / Rose
David Gyasi ... Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite
Susan Sarandon ... Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess
Hugh Grant ... Rev. Giles Horrox / Hotel Heavy / Lloyd Hooks / Denholme Cavendish / Seer Rhee / Kona Chief
Robert Fyfe ... Old Salty Dog / Mr. Meeks / Prescient 1
Martin Wuttke ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Germany | USA | Hong Kong | Singapore

Language:

English | Spanish | Ukrainian

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cloud Atlas See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Mainland China Cut Version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski directed the 1849, 2144, and 2321 segments of the film. Tom Tykwer directed the 1936, 1973, and 2012 segments. See more »

Goofs

In the credits, Luisa Rey's stunt double is misspelled as Louisa. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Song of the South (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
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The Wachowskis join forces with Tom Tykwer and overhaul the meaning of the word Epic!
8 September 2012 | by torontodogSee all my reviews

Kudos to all the filmmakers for adapting this famously "unfilmable" novel in such an inventive way. There are SIX separate timelines that switch after every scene, but instead of the plot, the narrative continuity follows the theme of the film. Once you clue in to that overall theme, it is no longer confusing when the story jumps from a runaway slave in the 1800s to a post apocalyptic future battle between some of the last humans remaining on earth.

All this audacious style and structure makes Cloud Atlas a curiosity to say the least, but the film is lifted to the realm of "Masterpiece" by the all-star ensemble cast. This impressive collection of actors fires off amazing performances like the Expendables 2 fires off high caliber bullets. I mean this will long be considered one of the greatest acting clinics ever filmed, and a high point in some already outstanding careers, as the end credits alone are astonishing to watch.

Overall this is a movie that transcends the simple elements of stars and plots and special effects, and boldly assumes to take the cinema to another level of storytelling, much like Avatar took film to a new level of technology a few years ago. The ambition, the technical brilliance and the passion that was put into this film makes it one of the great epics of our time.


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