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158 min
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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Roland Emmerich
4 wins & 20 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2009-11-13
Filming Locations: Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada
Budget: $200,000,000
Opening Weekend: $65,237,614 (USA) (15 November 2009)
Gross: $166,112,167 (USA) (21 February 2010)
John Cusack
Jackson Curtis
Amanda Peet
Kate Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Adrian Helmsley
Thandie Newton
Laura Wilson
Thomas McCarthy
Gordon Silberman
Woody Harrelson
Charlie Frost
Danny Glover
President Thomas Wilson
Liam James
Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily
Lilly Curtis
Zlatko Buric
Yuri Karpov
Beatrice Rosen
Alexandre Haussmann
Philippe Haussmann
Johann Urb
John Billingsley
Professor West
Chin Han
Osric Chau
Tseng Chang
Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu
Grandmother Sonam
Blu Mankuma
Harry Helmsley
George Segal
Tony Delgatto
Stephen McHattie
Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau
Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry
Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Ryan McDonald
Merrilyn Gann
German Chancellor
Henry O
Lama Rinpoche
Patrick Gilmore
Ark Communications Officer
Dean Marshall
Ark Communications Officer
Ron Selmour
Ark Boarding Officer
Viv Leacock
Ark Boarding Officer
Chris Boyd
Ark Boarding Officer
Donna Yamamoto
AF1 Science Officer
Doron Bell
AF1 Science Officer (as Doron Bell Jr.)
David Orth
AF1 Lieutenant
Lyndall Grant
Jason Diablo
Ark Tech Officer
Ty Olsson
AF1 Officer
Zinaid Memisevic
President Sergey Makarenko
Vincent Cheng
Chinese Colonel
Igor Morozov
Russian Interpreter
BJ Harrison
Woman Comforting Child
Dominic Zamprogna
Karin Konoval
Sally - President's Secretary
Mary Gillis
Jackson's Neighbor
Rick Tae
Megaphone Officer
Parm Soor
Saudi Prince
Gerard Plunkett
Isaacs - MI6 Officer
Paul Tryl
Andrei Kovski
Zultan's Trainer
Val Cole
News Reporter - Tikal
Eve Harlow
Sean Tyson
Interrogating Officer
Leonard Tenisci
Italian Prime Minister
Michael Buffer
Boxing Announcer
Daren A. Herbert
Ship Waiter
Craig Stanghetta
Vegas Rescue Worker
Mateen Devji
Ajit - age 5
Qayam Devji
Ajit - age 9
Jody Thompson
CNN Anchor
Tanya Champoux
Mrs. Birnbaum
Frank C. Turner
Kinua McWatt
Yoko Delgatto
Laara Sadiq
British Newscaster
Gillian Barber
Cruise Ship Lady
Candus Churchill
Cruise Ship Lady
Beverley Elliott
Cruise Ship Lady
Raj Lal
Pesi Daruwalla
Dr. Lokesh
Jacob Blair
AF1 Steward
Jay Williams
AF1 Steward
Scott E. Miller
Arc Naval Officer (as Scott Miller)
Anna Mae Wills
Arc Naval Officer (as Anna Mae Routledge)
John Stewart
Ryan Cook
Brandon Haas
Eddie Hassell
Betty Phillips
Elderly Driver
Georgina Hegedos
Elderly Driver
Luis Javier
Vegas Tow Truck Driver
Dean Redman
Vegas Fireman
Gordon Lai
Security Commander
Mark Docherty
Field Reporter - Tikal
Mark Oliver
Fundraiser Security
Andrew Moxham
Alexandra Castillo
Paris Reporter
Farouk A. Afify
Saudi Senior Security
Shaun Wilson
US Army Worker
Leo Li Chiang
Chinese Soldier (as Leo Chiang)
Elizabeth Richard
Queen Elizabeth
Kyle Riefsnyder
Cho Ming Platform Officer
John Mee
Angry Billionaire
George Trochta
American Ark Steward
Geoff Gustafson
Ark Bridge Crew
Alex Zahara
Ark Bridge Crew
Jason Griffith
Ark Bridge Crew (as Jase Anthony Griffith)
Jill Morrison
Ark Bridge Crew
Thomas Parkinson
Ark Bridge Crew
Leona Naidoo
Ark Bridge Crew
Quentin Guyon
Ark Bridge Crew
Nicole Rudell
Ark Bridge Crew
Chad Riley
Ark Bridge Crew
Simon Leung
Ark Bridge Crew
Kevin Haaland
Ark Bridge Crew
Leigh Burrows
US Army Worker
Carolyn Adair
Woman Comforting Child (uncredited)
Peter Arpesella
Italian Prime Minister (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Arreguin
Doomsday Protester (uncredited)
Tj Austin
Preacher (uncredited)
Sahar Biniaz
Showgirl (uncredited)
Anthony Bonaventura
Riot Motorist (uncredited)
Chuck Daar
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Terence Dament
Bridge Crew #3 (uncredited)
Lea Deesing
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Norman Deesing
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Abigail Delves
Little Girl (uncredited)
Paula Elle
Woman (uncredited)
Eddie L. Fauria
Sgt. Lourke
Gladis Giada
New Age Hippie (uncredited)
Jacob Goodall
Doomsday Man (uncredited)
Ashley Hand
Deck 44 Passenger (uncredited)
Ayana Haviv
Singer (singing voice) (uncredited)
Robert Hayley
Officer (uncredited)
Waléra Kanischtscheff
Zultan's Trainer (voice) (uncredited)
Rena Kawabata
Japanese Wife (uncredited)
Marco Khan
Preacher (uncredited)
Erik Kowalski
Protestor (uncredited)
Julie Krol
Elsa (uncredited)
Jonathan Lane
Guy in Street (uncredited)
Tom MacNeill
Deck 44 Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Malina
CNN Reporter (uncredited)
William Myers
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Jessica Provencher
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Larry Purtell
Protestor (uncredited)
Michael Karl Richards
Wil Delgado
David Richmond-Peck
Political Aide (uncredited)
Charlie Robson
Air Force One Tech (uncredited)
Joshua Salvati
Dan Savoie
Zultan's Entourage (uncredited)
Richard Schimmelpfenneg
Protester (uncredited)
Eric Shackelford
Crazy Protester (uncredited)
Patricia Shih
Violinist (uncredited)
Robyn Jean Springer
Doomsdayer (uncredited)
Michael Stevens
Ark Boarding Officer (uncredited)
Dale Tarrant
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Gary Thom
Tibet Police (uncredited)
Ian Thompson
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Derek Versteeg
Scientist (uncredited)
Yuel Yawney
Violinist (uncredited)
Akbar Zaman
Security Crew Guy (uncredited)
Did you know?
In the movie, New York City was flooded in October 2012. In real life, New York City was flooded due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
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During the destruction of the Sistine Chapel, the cracks forming on the roof directly between God and Adam in the Creation of Adam symbolize two aspects related to the Bible: the transition between the first and second circles of life (specifically, breaking the connection between humans and God), and God's reversal of creation of humanity in Genesis 6-9.
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The first name of the curator of the Louvre in this movie is Roland, which is the same first name as the director of 2012, Roland Emmerich.
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An officer says that all communications from Earth have stopped. Later, Dr. Satnam Tsurutani is able to call Dr. Helmsley to tell him about the tsunami.
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When the Antonov plane arrives in Hawaii, Gordon and Sasha realize that they cannot land because the entire archipelago has been affected by volcanic eruptions. Shortly afterwards, Gordon says that they lost the landing gear in Las Vegas. How they intended to land with no landing gear?
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When Jackson and Gordon are in the back of the truck, driving to the arks very fast, their hair doesn't move.
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Laura Wilson: [On phone] Dad, where are you?
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Laura Wilson: No toothbrush. Only books.
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Gordon Silberman: Honey, why don't we make a baby?
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What is the significance of the year 2012?
December 21, 2012 marks the ending of the 13th b'ak'tun cycle of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and it's also the last cycle of the Long Count. The Mayan Calendar ends December 21st, 2012. The 2012 Doomsday belief suggests that the Mayans foretold the end of the world at this time and, since the world is ending, there's no need to continue counting days or making calendars past that point. While that date would have had significance to the Mayans, there's no proof they actually believed the world would cease to exist. The ending of one calendar would start a new calendar, similar to how the current year ends on December 31st, but a new year is made at the same time. Some recent news articles are now calling into question the validity of the Mayan Calender saying that the end date of the calendar is recalculated to bypass December 2012 or that it has already passed.
Where are the other ships?
The world was either not given enough time to finish them or their wasn't enough money to build them without drawing attention and causing panic.
Is it true that this film quotes from Jules Verne?
2012 is based on a spec script (speculative script) co-written by director Roland Emmerich & co-producer Harald Kloser, indicating in the the end credits that the film was "inspired in part" by the book Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock. The film borrows several themes and elements from Jules Verne's rarely known novelette "The Eternal Adam", which shows a distant future archaelogist called Sofr-Ai-Sr, who belongs to a completely different civilization from ours called Hars-Iten-Schu, and someday finds a manuscript inside an aluminum box, narrating how in May 24th, 2XXX, a limousine driver called Modesto Simonet, his scientific boss (who wrote the manuscript), other scientifics on a vacation, and several other notable men and their families in Rosario, Mexico, survived a sudden flooding from the Atlantic Ocean by the heroic act of Simonet, who drove a car as fast as he could towards the mountains. In a matter of hours, the whole American Continent sinks in the ocean, except for the small island that used to be a mountain. They are rescued by a cargo ship, and they wander in a futile search for land anywhere else, only to discover that the tiny island was growing every time they passed by. The manuscript author ponders on the fate of Atlantis, and points a parallel with his situation. This old document leads Sofr to think that his civilization is descendant from those survivors after a period of mass involution of the human race, and that they survived thanks to a whole new continent that raised from the bottom of what used to be the Pacific Ocean for the survivors, and for Sofr is the only existing continent. Also, Sofr theorizes that is imminent that another global flooding happens someday. While the movie is far from an adapted work, a small credit would have been used instead of that of Graham Hancock, given the obvious allusions, but the reason why it wasn't the case is not known by the public.
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Photos from cast
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