The Day After Tomorrow

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German title The Day After Tomorrow
Original title The Day After Tomorrow
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2004
length 118 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 10
Director Roland Emmerich
script Roland Emmerich
Jeffrey Nachmanoff
production Roland Emmerich
Mark Gordon
music Harald Kloser , Thomas Wander
camera Ueli Steiger
cut David Brenner

The Day After Tomorrow ( English for 'the day after tomorrow') is a disaster film by Roland Emmerich that deals with the dangers and consequences of global warming . It is a 2004 production by 20th Century Fox .


The American paleoclimatologist Jack Hall almost dies on an Antarctic expedition with his colleagues Frank and Jason when an ice floe loosens from the Larsen Ice Shelf . Upon his return, he presented his research results at the climate conference in New Delhi, but US Vice President Raymond Becker ignored his urgent warnings of dramatic climate change . The Scottish researcher Terry Rapson, however, believes him that the Gulf Stream could cool down drastically because of the melting polar ice caps , which would result in a new ice age . A new model that the two scientists jointly with NASA - meteorologist create Janet Tokada predicts the disaster even for a time that only a few weeks away. Several buoys are reporting rapidly falling temperatures off the American coast.

More and more meteorological disaster reports from all over the world arrive within a very short time. New Delhi is sinking in snow, Tokyo suffers from heavy hail showers and Los Angeles is destroyed by massive tornadoes . Satellite images show three superstorms in the form of hurricanes with enormous proportions over the USA, Northern Europe and Russia, in whose eyes three-digit sub-zero temperatures arise at lightning speed.

Jack's son Sam is in acute danger of death in New York, where he is staying with his girlfriend Laura and his classmate Brian because of a knowledge Olympics, when a huge tidal wave breaks into the city. Together with their new friend JD and many other residents, they save themselves in the New York Public Library , where they are increasingly trapped in the snow.

The storm has now reached the British Isles. During a phone call, Rapson informs Jack about the events and advises him to arrange an evacuation , and says goodbye knowing that there is no longer any hope for himself. When Jack finally wins the US president's attention, he sees no more hope for the people of the northern states. The residents from the southern part are evacuated to Mexico. However, the president himself did not survive the escape. Jack decides to make his way to New York with his polar gear to rescue his son, and his two colleagues Frank and Jason go with him. They have to cover the last few kilometers with snowshoes , and Frank loses his life when he breaks through a glass roof.

In the New York library, apart from Sam and his friends, there are now only the librarian, a homeless man, another woman and a man who is mad about books. All other people left the building despite Sam's warnings about the cold. The group keeps warm by burning books, but things come to a head when Laura suffers blood poisoning from an open wound . Sam and his two friends go outside to get the much-needed penicillin from a stranded ship , where they are attacked by wolves. The young men make it back to the library's heated fireplace room just in time before the eye of the passing super storm reaches them and the drastically falling temperature freezes everything outside of the room in a matter of seconds.

When Jack and Jason finally arrive in New York, the weather calms down. On their way into the city, they repeatedly come across groups of frozen people. Eventually they find Sam and the other survivors in the library. In a televised address, the new US President Becker regrets the consequences of climate change and causes the group to be flown out in a UH-60 helicopter . As they fly over the city, the crew sees that even more people have survived the catastrophe and that more rescue helicopters have rescued them. Dr. Hall, who stayed in hospital as a doctor with a young patient, is saved. Astronauts in the ISS observe the beginning ice age from space.


role actor German speaker
Jack Hall Dennis Quaid Thomas Danneberg
Sam Hall Jake Gyllenhaal Marius Clarén
Laura Chapman Emmy Rossum Maria Koschny
Jason Evans Dash Mihok Dennis Schmidt-Foss
Frank Harris Jay O. Sanders Roland Hemmo
Dr. Lucy Hall Sela Ward Cornelia Meinhardt
JD Austin Nichols Kim Hasper
Brian Parks Arjay Smith Marcel Collé
Janet Tokada Tamlyn Tomita Melanie Pukass
Parker Sasha Roiz Viktor Neumann
Terry Rapson Ian Holm Friedrich Georg Beckhaus
Vice President Becker Kenneth Welsh Ernst Meincke
Luther Glenn Plummer Charles Rettinghaus
Simon Adrian Lester Peter Flechtner
Dennis Richard McMillan Stefan Gossler
Gomez Nestor Serrano Erich Rauker
US President Blake Perry King Bodo Wolf
Foreign Minister Mimi Kuzyk Ana Fonell
Booker Vlasta Vrana Jürgen Kluckert
Campbell Philip Jarrett Torsten Michaelis
Elsa Amy Sloan Berenice Weichert
General Pierce Chuck Shamata Helmut Gauss
Harold Pierre Lenoir Kaspar Eichel
Hideki Russell Yuen Julien Haggége
Jeff Baffin Jack Laufer Detlef Bierstedt
Jeremy Tom Rooney Till Hagen
Judith Sheila McCarthy Evelyn Marron
Library Security Guard Joey Elias Olaf Reichmann
Maria Karen Glave Peggy Sander
New York business guy on the bus Rick hoffman Hans-Jürgen Wolf
Peter Luke Letourneau Maximilian Artajo
Yuri Vitali Makarov Waléra Kanishcheff
Flight Director (Houston) Richard Zeman Gerald Paradise
librarian Stephanie Hamilton Jutta Speidel


  • The Vice President portrayed by Kenneth Welsh in the film is very similar to Dick Cheney , who was actually Vice President of the United States at the time of production .
  • In a scene in which Sam Hall is talking to his father on a public telephone, next to him (barely visible) is Kirsten Dunst , who Jake Gyllenhaal visited on the film set that day and who spontaneously played in this scene.
  • Tamlyn Tomita , who portrays NASA meteorologist Janet Tokada, starred with Dennis Quaid in the 1990 film Come and See Paradise .
  • The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.
  • The world premiere of the film in the presence of the director was on May 21, 2004 in the Kosmos-Kino in Berlin. The film was first shown on German free TV on March 11, 2007 at 8:15 p.m. on RTL .


The novel The Coming Global Superstorm (German title: Sturmwarnung ) by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber served as a template for the script . The motif of an ice age triggered by the deflection of the Gulf Stream can also be found in the future novel by Hans Dominik Atlantis from 1924/1925 and in the novel The Gulf Stream by Hans Ludwig Rosegger, which was published in 1913 .


Grossing results

The Day After Tomorrow was one of the most commercially successful films of 2004 worldwide . At more than $ 544 million, the film grossed many times its production cost of approximately $ 125 million. In Germany and Austria, too, the film became one of the biggest box office hits of the year, with more than four million and more than 444,000 visitors, respectively.

Awareness raising for climate change

The filmmakers mentioned several times that the film was intended as a wake-up call against global warming. For example, producer Mark Gordon said he wanted to raise public awareness of climate change and motivate them to do more for the planet. The production conditions were described as " climate neutral " because the CO 2 emissions caused by production were offset with financial support from environmental organizations and reforestation projects . Al Gore, for example, supported this position as the film stimulates the public debate on climate change; Davis Guggenheim used flight scenes over studio-recreated Antarctic ice from The Day After Tomorrow in the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore's Commitment to Climate Change. Others criticized the supposed environmental policy intentions of the producers of The Day After Tomorrow as a marketing strategy . In contrast to what is shown in the film, the likelihood of an abrupt change in the North Atlantic Current caused by climate change and the resulting consequences is classified as very low. Instead, a slow change in the Atlantic overturning circulation is assumed.

Lowe et al. found in a survey in the UK that the movie audience, at least in the short term actually on Climate Change sensitized . Even if many viewers remained unclear which catastrophe aspects of the film can actually be scientifically linked to climate change and which were fictional, and therefore questioned the credibility of catastrophe scenarios in view of climate change in general, many of the audience were motivated after the Film against climate change. At the same time, the viewers did not have enough information on what to do about it.

Contemporary film reviews

“A rating of 'The Day After Tomorrow' is not easy. The maximum for the visual implementation, the minimum for the framework. The time between the devastation is often quite long - if not to say boring, so that the film only offers dubious pleasure and causes the trouble that a really good disaster actioner would have been possible with a reasonable script. 'The Day After Tomorrow' is a gigantic, sparkling hollow body of film: on the outside flawless, brilliant and worth seeing, inside empty and uneventful. "

"Bombastic catastrophe film with environmental-political ambitions, which integrates the stereotypes of the genre into a skilful suspense dramaturgy with sophisticated trick effects and fascinating imagery."

" The Day after Tomorrow has become Roland Emmerich's most independent and best film, which is not only due to the power of his images, but also to a first-class Dennis Quaid, who gives the spectacle a credible grounding."

“The insane weather of the climate catastrophe corresponds to the fact that everything else is upside down: The US citizens fleeing south before the Ice Age are turned back by armed men at the Mexican border, for example. Such 180-degree reversals of normality naturally suggest that if everything went as usual, the world as a whole would be fine. [...] This is now the first old-school disaster film that reintegrates the images of September 11th into the Hollywood fund. The tidal wave slowly rolling through the street canyon of Manhattan resembles the dust cloud after the collapse of the Twin Towers almost up to the quote. "


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for The Day After Tomorrow . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , May 2004 (PDF; test number: 97 957 K).
  2. Age rating for The Day After Tomorrow . Youth Media Commission .
  3. Audio commentary on the DVD
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  6. Facts + Figures 04. In: Film Industry Report Austria. Retrieved March 17, 2016 .
  7. Top 100 Germany 2004. In: Retrieved March 17, 2016 .
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  10. Karen Goulekas, special effects supervisor according to ABC News
  11. ^ Stefan Brönnimann: Climatology . 1st edition. Uni-Taschenbücher, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 3-8252-4819-4 , pp. 203 .
  13. ^ The Day After Tomorrow. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  15. Don't panic; ZEIT ONLINE from May 27, 2004