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Unbroken (2014)

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After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

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Angelina Jolie

Writers:

Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Connell ... Louis Zamperini
Domhnall Gleeson ... Phil
Garrett Hedlund ... Fitzgerald
Miyavi ... Watanabe (as Takamasa Ishihara)
Finn Wittrock ... Mac
Jai Courtney ... Cup
Maddalena Ischiale ... Louise
Vincenzo Amato ... Anthony
John Magaro ... Tinker
Luke Treadaway ... Miller
Louis McIntosh ... Harris
Ross Anderson ... Blackie
C.J. Valleroy ... Young Louie
John D'Leo ... Young Pete
Alex Russell ... Older Pete
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Storyline

The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war. Written by Tristanmerkler01

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The unbelievable true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unbroken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,621,445, 28 December 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$115,637,895, 14 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,459,297, 14 March 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Zamperini was a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. See more »

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The POWs for the most part look appropriately grungy, but all seem to have carefully trimmed and combed hair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phil: [in cockpit] We are here.
Cup: [over radio] At 8,000 feet. This is it, boys.
Phil: [over radio] You got it, Zamp?
Louis Zamperini: [dialing in bombing scope] Roger.
Lambert: You hit this one, drinks are on me.
Louis Zamperini: I ain't going to a bar with you, handsome. You confuse all the broads.
Mac: [wolf-whistles]
Phil: Get your cameras, boys. I'm gonna light it up like Christmas.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.76 (2016) See more »

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Dead Comrades
Written by Alexandre Desplat
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A disappointment for this huge fan of the book
26 December 2014 | by dseesel-195-419072See all my reviews

I have been looking forward to this movie, having loved the book and admiring Louis Zamperini like so many others. While the movie was well-crafted and well-acted, it failed to blow me over emotionally. It's one movie that could have been longer, while at the same time tightening up the POW sequence by at least 15 minutes.

The director, editors and committee of screenwriters (never a good sign) cut out too much of the back story of what shaped Louie's character as a kid, and (critically) his PTSD and religious awakening at the end. I know this would have made Unbroken a three- hour movie but Louie's story deserved a fuller treatment. Instead, the character is turned into a Christ-like vessel of suffering for his fellow prisoners, rather than a flesh-and-blood person, although he seems oddly unscathed by the ordeal when he reunites with his family.

I was hoping for a "Spielberg" experience to leave me in tears, and it just didn't happen. Too bad.


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