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The Day After Tomorrow
Film poster showing a cityscape where the top of tall buildings poke out of the snow
Theatrical poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Roland Emmerich
Mark Gordon
Written by Roland Emmerich
Jeffery Nachmanoff
Starring Dennis Quaid
Jake Gyllenhaal
Emmy Rossum
Sela Ward
Ian Holm
Sasha Roiz
Austin Nichols
Tamlyn Tomita
Arjay Smith
Jay O. Sanders
Adrian Lester
Dash Mihok
Glenn Plummer
Perry King
Kenneth Welsh
Nestor Serrano
Music by Harald Kloser
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Editing by David Brenner
Studio Centropolis Entertainment
Lions Gate
Mark Gordon Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 26, 2004 (2004-05-26) (Kuwait)
02004-05-28 May 28, 2004
Running time 124 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million
Gross revenue $544,272,402[1]

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American science-fiction film that depicts the catastrophic effects of global warming in a series of extreme weather events that usher in a new ice age. It did well in the box office, grossing $542,771,772 internationally. It is the second highest grossing movie not to be #1 in the US box office (behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding). The movie was filmed in Montreal, and is the highest grossing Hollywood film in history to be filmed in Canada (if adjusted for inflation).

The Day After Tomorrow premiered in Mexico City on May 17, 2004, but it was also shown to contestants on the reality television series Big Brother Australia beforehand, which is not classified as the premiere for the movie. It was released worldwide from May 26 to May 28 except in South Korea and Japan where it was released June 4 and June 5, respectively. The film was originally planned for release in summer 2003. The film made $110,000,000 in DVD sales, bringing its total film gross to $654,771,772.[2]



Doctor Jack Hall is a paleoclimatologist (Dennis Quaid) who is on an expedition in Antarctica with two colleagues, Frank (Jay O. Sanders) and Jason (Dash Mihok), drilling for ice core samples on the Larsen Ice Shelf for the NOAA when the ice shelf breaks off from the rest of the continent. Jack presents his findings on global warming at a United Nations conference where diplomats, including the Vice-President of the United States, (Kenneth Welsh) are unconvinced by Jack's theory.

Jack's concerns resonate with Professor Terry Rapson (Ian Holm) of the Hedland Climate Research Centre in Scotland. Two buoys in the North Atlantic simultaneously show a massive drop in water temperature, and Rapson concludes that melting of the polar ice has begun disrupting the North Atlantic current. He calls Jack, whose paleoclimatological weather model holds reconstructional data of the climate change that caused the first Ice Age, to predict what will happen. Jack believed that the events would not happen for many years, but he, Frank, Jason, and NASA's meteorologist Janet Tokada (Tamlyn Tomita) build a forecast model with his, Rapson's, and Tokada's data.

Across the world, violent weather causes mass destruction. The U.S. President (Perry King), authorizes the FAA to suspend air traffic over the United States due to severe turbulence. As three RAF helicopters fly to evacuate the Commonwealth realms' Royal Family, they enter the eye of a massive hurricane-like superstorm, that causes a temperature drop below −150 °F (−101.1 °C) that freezes their fuel lines and rotors, causing them to crash.

Jack's son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is in New York City for an academic competition with his friends Brian and Laura (Arjay Smith and Emmy Rossum). During the competition, the weather becomes increasingly violent with strong winds and torrential rains. Sam calls his father, promising to be on the next train home. However, the storm worsens, forcing subways and Grand Central Station to close. A tidal wave half the height of the Statue of Liberty hits Manhattan, putting the island under several feet of water. Sam and his friends seek refuge in the New York Public Library.

Survivors in the Northern United States are forced to flee south, with some Americans illegally crossing the border into Mexico. After advising the Executive Office of the President of the United States to evacuate half the country, Jack sets off for Manhattan to find his son, accompanied by Frank and Jason. Their truck crashes into a snow-covered tractor-trailer just past Philadelphia, so the group continues on snowshoes. During the journey, Frank falls through the glass roof of a snowbound shopping mall. As Jason and Jack try to pull Frank up, the glass under them continues to crack; Frank sacrifices himself by cutting the rope.

Inside the library, Sam advises everyone of his father's instruction to stay indoors. Few listen, and the small group that remains burns books to keep warm (a male employee is shown tightly holding onto a rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible to prevent the others from burning it) and breaks the library's vending machine for food. Laura is afflicted with blood poisoning, so Sam, Brian, and J.D. search for penicillin in a Russian cargo ship that drifted inland. The eye of the superstorm begins to pass over the city with its −150 °F (−101.1 °C) temperatures, and the entire New York skyline begins to freeze. The three return to the library with medicine, food and supplies, barely making it to safety.

During the deep freeze, Jack and Jason take shelter in an abandoned Wendy's, then resume their journey after the storm dissipates, finally arriving in New York City. They find the library buried in snow, but find Sam's group alive and are rescued by helicopters. The new President orders search and rescue teams to look for other survivors, having been given hope by the survival of Sam's group. The movie ends with two astronauts looking down at the view of the Earth from the International Space Station, showing a majority of the northern hemisphere covered in ice, and a drastic reduction in the pollution content.



The movie was inspired by The Coming Global Superstorm, a book co-authored by Coast to Coast AM talk radio host Art Bell and Whitley Strieber. Strieber also wrote the film's novelization. The book "The Sixth Winter" written by Douglas Orgill and John Gribbin published in 1979 follows a similar theme. So does the novel "Ice!" by Arnold Federbush, published in 1978.

Shortly before and during the release of the movie, members of environmental and political advocacy groups distributed pamphlets to moviegoers describing what they believe to be the possible effects of global warming. Although the film depicts some effects of global warming predicted by scientists, like rising sea levels, more destructive storms, and disruption of ocean currents and weather patterns, it depicts these events happening much more rapidly and severely than is considered scientifically plausible, and the theory that a "superstorm" will create rapid worldwide climate change does not appear in the scientific literature. When the film was playing in theaters, much criticism was directed at politicians concerning the Kyoto Protocol and climate change. The film's scientific adviser was Dr. Michael Molitor, a leading climate change consultant who worked as a negotiator on the Kyoto Protocol.


The movie generated mixed reviews from both the science and entertainment communities.

  • The online entertainment guide Rotten Tomatoes has rated the movie at 45%, with an average rating of 5.3/10.[3]
  • Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film's special effects, giving the film three stars out of four.
  • Environmental activist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot called The Day After Tomorrow "a great movie and lousy science."[4]
  • In a USA Today editorial by Patrick J. Michaels, a Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and global warming skeptic, Michaels called the movie "propaganda," noting, "As a scientist, I bristle when lies dressed up as 'science' are used to influence political discourse."[5]
  • In a Space Daily editorial by Joseph Gutheinz, a college instructor and retired NASA Office of Inspector General, Senior Special Agent, Gutheinz called the movie "a cheap thrill ride, which many weak-minded people will jump on and stay on for the rest of their lives."[6]
  • Paleoclimatologist William Hyde of Duke University was asked, on rec.arts.sf.written, whether he would be seeing the film; he responded that he would not unless someone were to offer him $100. Other readers of the newsgroup took this as a challenge, and (despite Hyde's protests) raised the necessary funds. Hyde's review, which criticized the film's portrayal of weather phenomena that stopped at national borders, and finished by saying that it was "to climate science as Frankenstein is to heart transplant surgery", was quoted in New Scientist.
  • In 2008, Yahoo! Movies listed The Day After Tomorrow as one of Top 10 Scientifically Inaccurate Movies.[7]
  • The film was criticized for depicting several different meteorological phenomena occurring over the course of hours, instead of the more plausible time frame of several decades or centuries.[8]

Over its 4-day Memorial Day opening, the film grossed $85,807,341, however it still ranked #2 for the weekend, behind Shrek 2's $95,578,365 4-day tally, however The Day After Tomorrow led the per-theater average chart with a 4-day average of $25,053, compared to Shrek 2's 4-day average of $22,633. At the end of its box office run, it grossed $186,740,799. Its worldwide gross was $542,771,772.[9]


There was some controversy regarding the casting of Kenneth Welsh as the Vice-President of the United States due to his striking physical resemblance to then Vice-President Dick Cheney. Roland Emmerich later confirmed that he deliberately chose Welsh for that very reason. Emmerich stated that the characters of the President and Vice-President in the film were intended to be a not-so-subtle criticism of the environmental policies of the Presidency of George W. Bush. The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the film.[10]

In response to accusations of insensitivity by including scenes of New York City being destroyed, less than three years after the September 11th attacks, Emmerich claims that it was necessary to depict the event as a means to showcase the increased unity people now have when facing a disaster, because of 9/11.[11][12][13]

A number of scientists were critical of the scientific aspects of the film:

  • Dan Schrag, a paleoclimatologist and professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University expressed both support and concern about the film, stating that "On the one hand, I'm glad that there's a big-budget movie about something as critical as climate change. On the other, I'm concerned that people will see these over-the-top effects and think the whole thing is a joke. . . . We are indeed experimenting with the Earth in a way that hasn't been done for millions of years. But you're not going to see another ice age – at least not like that."
  • Marshall Shepherd, a research meteorologist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center expressed similar sentiments, stating that "I'm heartened that there's a movie addressing real climate issues. But as for the science of the movie, I'd give it a D minus or an F. And I'd be concerned if the movie was made to advance a political agenda."
  • Andrew Weaver, a climatologist at the University of Victoria said, "It's The Towering Inferno of climate science movies, but I'm not losing any sleep over a new ice age, because it's impossible."[10]

Home media


  • It was first released on DVD in North America on October 12, 2004, in both widescreen and full screen versions. It also had a limited VHS release with a full screen format.
  • A 2-disc "collector's edition" containing production featurettes, two documentaries: a "behind-the-scenes" and another called "The Forces of Destiny", as well as storyboards and concept sketches were also included. It was released on May 24, 2005.
  • It was released in high-definition video on Blu-ray Disc in North America on October 2, 2007, and United Kingdom on April 28, 2008, in full 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track, however with few bonus features. The film made $110,000,000 in DVD sales, bringing its total film gross to $652,771,772.[2]

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From Wikiquote

The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 film about a climatologist who tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must also get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new Ice Age.

Written and directed by Roland Emmerich.
Where Will You Be? Taglines


Jack Hall

  • I think we've hit a critical desalinization point.
  • I think we're on the verge of a major climate shift!
  • When this storm is over, we'll be in a new Ice Age.
  • I will come for you, do you understand me? I will come for you!
  • [When asked what will happen to civilization] Well, mankind survived the last Ice Age. We are certainly capable of surviving this one. The only question is, will we learn from our mistakes?


  • This place is so retro! It might actually be cool if it were on purpose.
  • [After he sees on the news that two planes have crashed due to turbulence] So much for "one in a billion."
  • [As people begin to leave the library.] One second! The storm is gonna get bad! It's gonna get really, really bad! [They ignore him.] You're not gonna be able to survive in it! [Quietly] Believe me. [Begging] Sir, please just stay. Just stay. Just don’t… don't… [He finally gives up as they keep pushing past him]
  • More books! More books!

Terry Rapson

  • [They're snowed in at Headland] Luckily we've got our own genny, and enough tea and biscuits to sink a ship. Oh, we'll be fine! As long as the loo doesn't back up again.
  • The temperature dropped phenomenally fast. On the ground, people froze before they could get out of their cars, even.
  • [After Simon suggests they use alcohol as fuel to keep them alive] Are you mad? That's a 12-year-old scotch!


  • I know you have an innate talent for rubbing people the wrong way Jack, but why, why for the love of god, would you aggravate the vice president!?
  • You know, I would say that you've lost your mind, but uh, you've been this way for the past 20 years.


  • [As a huge shelf of ice is breaking off] I didn't do anything!
  • Neither one of you knows how to navigate worth a damn. Without me you'll end up in Cleveland.


  • Luther: Just another typical day in New York City. Traffic jam ten blocks long! Lookie here, Buddha. These people, and their cars, and their exhaust, and they're just polluting the atmosphere!
  • FOX Anchorwoman: What you're seeing is what’s left of downtown Los Angeles
  • Booker: The Canadians are reporting tremendous circulation moving down from the Arctic. In Siberia, there's a low pressure system unlike anything we've ever seen, and Australia just saw the strongest typhoon ever recorded
  • Helicopter Pilot: [Trying to restart plummeting helicopter] Come on, you bastard! Come on!
  • NY Businessman: [Sarcastically] Oh, God, I love busses. This is just so much fun. This is going to be… the bomb.
  • Reporter: And now, in a dramatic reversal of illegal immigration, thousands of people are now crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico. The scene that's unfolding here behind me is one of desperation and frustration. People have abandoned their cars, grabbed their belongings, and they are wading across the river illegally into Mexico.
  • Frank: [After falling through the ceiling of an indoor mall.] I'm fine! Just dropped in to do a little shopping.
  • Judith: Books can be good for something other than burning.
  • Parker: Have you ever seen the air so clear?


Jack Hall: What I do know, is that if we do not act soon, it is our children and our grandchildren who will have to pay the price.
Vice President Becker: And who's going to pay the price of the Kyoto accord? It would cost the world's economy hundreds of billions of dollars.
Jack Hall: With all due respect, Mr. Vice President, the cost of doing nothing could be even higher. Our climate is fragile. At the rate we're burning fossil fuels and polluting the environment, the ice caps will soon disappear.
Vice President Becker: Professor, uh, Hall, our economy is every bit as fragile as the environment. Perhaps you should keep that in mind before making sensationalist claims.
Jack Hall: Well, the last chunk of ice that broke off was about the size of the state of Rhode Island. Some people might call that pretty sensational.

Lucy Hall: Can you take him to the airport in the morning?
Jack Hall: Sam's getting on a plane?
Lucy Hall: He joined the scholastic decathlon team. They're competing in New York.
Jack Hall: Sam joined a team?
Lucy Hall: [Quietly] Yeah, I think there's a girl involved.
[Sam groans.]

Jack Hall: My seventeen-year-old kid knows more science than him
Tom: Perhaps, but your seventeen-year-old kid does not control our budget. It doesn't matter if he hates you.

Jack Hall: [On Sam failing calculus] I'm not angry. I'm disappointed.
Sam: Do you wanna hear my side of it?
Jack Hall: Sam, how can there be two sides?
Sam: Hey, look, I got every question right on the final and the only reason why Mr. Spengler failed me was because I didn't write out the solutions.
Jack: Why not?
Sam: I do them in my head.
Jack Hall: Did you tell him that?
Sam: I did. He didn't believe me. He said that if he can't do them in his head then I must be cheating.
Jack Hall: Well, that's ridiculous! How can he fail you for being smarter than he is?
Sam: That's what I said.
Jack Hall: You did? [Smirks] How'd he take it?
Sam: He flunked me, remember?

Brian: You know, statistically, the chance of a plane going down because of turbulence is less than, what, one in a billion? Or is it a million? I can't remember if it's
Laura: Shut up, Brian.

Terry Rapson: This is very odd. There's a buoy here registering a thirteen degree drop in ocean temperature.
Simon: Oh, yeah, that's right. That buoy malfunctioned the other day. I'll put a call in, see if there are any ships near George's Bank to get it.
Terry Rapson: This buoy isn't in George's Bank. It's just off Greenland.
Simon: It is?
[Terry zooms the map out to show both buoys flashing]
Simon: What are the odds of two buoys failing?
Terry Rapson: Remote.
[A third one in a different area begins flashing]
Terry Rapson: Make that three.

Brian: Man you got some serious competition.
Sam: Please.
Brian: I bet he's really rich too.
Sam: Shut up.

Terry Rapson: We found something extraordinary... extraordinary and disturbing, that is. You recall what you said in New Delhi about how polar melting might disrupt the North Atlantic Current?
Jack Hall: Yes.
Terry Rapson: Well... I think it's happening.

Terry Rapson: There are no forecast models remotely capable of plotting this scenario -- except yours.
Jack Hall: My model is a reconstruction of a prehistoric climate shift. It's not a forecast model.
Terry Rapson: It's the closest thing we have. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
Jack Hall: At least not in the last 10,000 years.

FOX Anchorwoman: [As tornadoes are devastating Los Angeles] Bart, what can you see, is anyone hurt?
Bart: [In helicopter] I wouldn't be surprised, there is so much damage down there; and there are people down there, taking pictures!

Tommy: [Tornado is in the background] If you look over there behind me, that's a- a tornado! Yes, a twister in Los Angeles. It's one of many tornadoes that are destroying our city! [Points to an F5 in the center of Los Angeles] There's another one! That's the Los Angeles Skyline! It's unbelievable! It's huge! I've never seen anything like it! It- it- it looks like some sort of huge, horrific, terrifying nightmare, only this is the real thing, this- [He is killed by a flying billboard]

Janet: Frank, is he always so obsessive?
Jason: Yes
Frank: Yes
Janet: Does he ever lighten up?
Jason: Not really.
Frank: No

Jason: Jack, we got the results.
Jack Hall: Six to eight months? That can't be.
Janet: That time scale isn't in months -- it's in weeks.

Laura: Hey, thanks for bringing us here.
J.D.: I couldn't let you leave New York without seeing the Natural History Museum.
Sam: [Under his breath] Of course not. It's the world's finest collection of stuffed animals.

Terry Rapson: [Over the phone] What I'm about to tell you is supposed to be confidential. Several hours ago, three helicopters went down over Scotland. They crashed because the fuel in their lines froze.
Jack Hall: At what temperature does...
Terry Rapson: [Interrupting] Negative one hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit. I mean, we had to look it up!

Jack Hall: Professor, It's time you got out of there.
Terry Rapson: I'm afraid that time has come and gone, my friend.
Jack Hall: [Pause] What can we do?
Terry Rapson: Save as many as you can.

Sam: Excuse me, are there any pay-phones on the upper floors?
Judith: No, no, no. Uh, but there are some on the mezzanine.
Sam: Great. [Walks away]
Judith: Oh, but I-I-I think it's all underwater!

Vice President Becker: Maybe you should stick to science and leave the policy to us.
Tom: Well, we tried that approach. You didn't want to hear about the science when it could have made a difference.

President Blake: What exactly are you proposing, professor?
Jack Hall: [He draws a line from the middle of California across the US to the Virginias] Evacuate everyone south of that line.
President Blake: What about the people in the north?
Jack Hall: I'm afraid it's too late for them. If they go outside, the storm will kill them.

Vice President Becker: I don't accept that abandoning half the country is necessary.
Tom: Maybe if you would have listened to him sooner, it wouldn't be.
Vice President Becker: Oh, bullshit. It's easy for him to suggest this plan; he's safely here in Washington.
Tom: His son is in Manhattan. [Long pause] I just thought you should know that before you start questioning his motives.

[Over a last shot of Scotch]
Simon: Gentlemen. To England.
Terry Rapson: To Mankind.
Dennis: To Manchester United!

Simon: [About his infant son] I just… I just wish I could have seen him grow up, you know?
Terry Rapson: The important thing is that he will grow up

[their last petroleum fuel burns out, and they lose their power]

Dennis: [Softly] Amen.

[Brian fixes a radio while the others in the library sleep]
Officer Campbell: Maybe you should have somebody help you with that.
Brian: Sir, I am president of the electronics club, the math club, and the chess club. Now, if there is a bigger nerd in here, please point him out.
[Without opening his eyes, Sam smirks]
Officer Campbell: I'll just leave you alone to work on it.

Judith: Here it is. Oh, this fireplace probably hasn't been used in about a hundred years.
Sam: [He opens the flue, dodging the snow that falls from the chimney.] Ugh, whoa. Alright. [He starts ripping up books and throwing them in the fireplace]
Judith: What are you doing?
Sam: What did you think we were going to burn?
Judith: You can't burn books!
Jeremy: NO! Absolutely not!
Sam: You wanna freeze to death?

J.D.: We're not going to last very long on M&M's and potato chips.
Luther: How 'bout the garbage can? [Judith looks at him, shocked] There's always something to eat in the garbage.

Jeremy: Friedrich Nietzsche? We cannot burn Friedrich Nietzsche! He was the most important thinker of the 19th century!
Elsa: Oh, please! Nietzsche was a chauvinist pig who was in love with his sister.
Jeremy: He was not a chauvinist pig!
Elsa: But he was in love with his sister.
Brian: Uh, excuse me, you guys? Yeah. There's a whole section on tax law down here that we can burn.

Laura: I've got one. Your favorite vacation?
Sam: Besides this one?

Elsa: What have you got there?
Jeremy: A Gutenberg Bible. It was in the rare books room.
Elsa: You think God's gonna save you?
Jeremy: No, I don't believe in God.
Elsa: You're holding onto that bible pretty tight.
Jeremy: I'm protecting it. [Glares at Sam] This Bible is the first book ever printed. It represents the dawn of the Age of Reason. As far as I'm concerned, the written word is mankind's greatest achievement. You can laugh. But if Western civilization is finished, I'm gonna save at least one little piece of it.

Laura: Everything I've ever cared about, everything I've worked for, has all been preparation for a future that no longer exists. I know you always thought I took the competition too seriously. You were right. It was all for nothing.
Sam: No. No, I just said that to avoid admitting the truth.
Laura: The truth about what?
Sam: About why I joined the team. I joined it because of you.

Jason Evans: What do you think is gonna happen to us?
Jack Hall: What do you mean?
Jason Evans: I mean us? Civilization? Everybody?
Jack Hall: Mankind survived the last Ice Age. We're certainly capable of surviving this one. All it depends on is whether or not we're able to learn from our mistakes.


  • Where Will You Be?
  • 10,000 Years Ago, One Storm Changed The Face Of Our Planet. On May 28, It Will Happen Again.
  • Nature Has Spoken.
  • This Year, A Sweater Won't Do.
  • Whoever Said "Tomorrow Is Another Day"...Didn't Check The Weather.


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