December 09, 2014

NOTEWORTHY: "Unbroken" movie

From Wiki:

For the 2010 nonfiction book this film is based on, see Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Directed byAngelina Jolie
Produced by
  • Matthew Baer
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Erwin Stoff
  • Clayton Townsend
Screenplay by
Based onUnbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byTim Squyres
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 2014
Running time137 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65 million
Unbroken is a 2014 American war drama film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie based on the 2010 nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film, which revolves around the life of Olympic athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, stars Jack O'Connell as Zamperini with Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, and Domhnall Gleeson.
The film had its world premiere in Sydney on November 17, 2014 and is scheduled for a wide release in the United States on Christmas Day 2014.


World War II hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini, a former Olympic track star, survives a plane crash in the Pacific, spends 47 days drifting on a raft, and then more than two and a half years living in several Japanese prisoner of war camps.


  • Jack O'Connell as Louis "Louie" Zamperini
    • C.J. Valleroy as young Louis Zamperini
  • Domhnall Gleeson as Russell "Phil" Phillips
  • Miyavi as Mutsuhiro "The Bird" Watanabe
  • Garrett Hedlund as John Fitzgerald
  • Finn Wittrock as Francis "Mac" McNamara
  • Jai Courtney as Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell
  • Luke Treadaway as Miller
  • Travis Jeffery as Jimmy
  • Jordan Patrick Smith as Cliff
  • John Magaro as Frank A. Tinker
  • Alex Russell as Pete Zamperini
  • Maddalena Ischiale as Louise Zamperini
  • Morgan Griffin as Cynthia Applewhite
  • Savannah Lamble as Sylvia Zamperini
  • Sophie Dalah as Virginia Zamperini



Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the film rights to Zamperini's life towards the end of the 1950s. Early drafts for the film were written by William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese while Francis Lawrence was scheduled to direct. Joel and Ethan Coen were then tapped to rewrite the script after Jolie was named director.
On September 30, 2013, Jolie was confirmed to direct the film in Australia. Walden Media was originally set as Universal's co-financer, but withdrew from the project prior to filming and were subsequently replaced by Legendary Pictures. The filming is based in New South Wales and Queensland, with scenes also being shot in Fox Studios Australia and Village Roadshow Studios. The filming began on October 21, 2013, and it is expected that the post-production will also be done in Australia.


On December 14, 2013, four days of filming were completed in Werris Creek, New South Wales.


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