Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, Laura Hillenbrand
Produced by: Angelina Jolie, Matthew Baer, Erwin Stoff, Clayton Townsend
Running Time: 137 minutes
Box Office: $161,459,297 (Worldwide)
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.
Jack O'Connell (Louis Zamperini), Domhnall Gleeson (Phil), Garrett Hedlund (Fitzgerald), Miyavi (Watanabe), 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), Jordan Patrick Smith (Clift), Spencer Rocco Lofranco (Harry Brooks)
Filming Locations: (view all)
- Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1936 Olympic Games stadium)
- Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (studio)
- Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Japan Street Scenes)
- Camden, New South Wales, Australia
- Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia
- Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
- The real Louis Zamperini passed away on July 2, 2014. He was able to watch a rough cut of the film on director Angelina Jolie's laptop while in the hospital before he passed.
- While Zamperini and Phil are floating out at sea on the raft, the picture of a woman that Phil looks at is actually the real photo of his sweetheart and later wife, provided by his daughter to Angelina Jolie during filming.
- Angelina Jolie rehearsed the stunts herself so she would know what it would take from the actors to perform them.
- Miyavi found performing the scene in which Zamperini is forced to hold a beam over his head at gunpoint so upsetting and intense that he vomited on set.
- Universal Studios bought the rights to the story of Louis Zamperini in 1957 in the hope of developing it for Tony Curtis. In later years, Nicolas Cage expressed an interest. The project finally got the green light after Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book about Zamperini became a best-seller.
- Louis Zamperini became a devoted follower to Jesus Christ and went back to Japan and forgave those who hurt him while he was kept prisoner.
- Despite being a born-again Christian, Louis Zamperini requested that the film not delve too deeply into his religion, as he wanted his experiences with faith and forgiveness to reach the audience on a universal level.
- Director Angelina Jolie and the real Louis Zamperini happened to live remarkably close to one another in the same Los Angeles neighborhood.
- The film was shown at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, at the Vatican on January 8, 2015. Pope Francis, who was aware of Louis Zamperini's story, did not attend the screening, but did meet the film's director, Angelina Jolie, and Luke Zamperini, the late athlete's son, afterwards.
- Dane DeHaan was one of the finalists to play Louis Zamperini, however in the end, Jack O'Connell was cast.
- Due to chickenpox, Angelina Jolie was not able to attend the premiere.
- In his hometown of Torrance, the airport located in the southern part of the city is named after Louis Zamperini.
- Director Angelina Jolie and cinematographer Roger Deakins claim that one of their biggest influences making the movie was the Sidney Lumet movie, The Hill (1965).
- It was widely thought that Louie Zamperini would be the first man to break the barrier for the first sub 4 minute mile. History stepped in the way however and that barrier was not broken until Roger Bannister didi it in 1954.
- The albatross and the character Mac are references to the Fleetwood Mac song "Albatross".
- Because he was on a 700 calories diet, Jack O'Connell fainted twice while filming the scene in which he lifts the timber.
The auditions were very intense, and none more so than the cell. In the cell, the actors would be confined, not knowing if he would be there for three minutes or an hour. A crewmember with a rubber baton would go in at unexpected times and hit the actor. It didn't hurt, but the feeling would bring up the emotion of the loss of freedom, the control, the never knowing, the sense of powerlessness. All of the actors were so brave and many of the auditions were emotional and heartbreaking, and then came Jack. He went in the cell, he sat in the dark, he didn't force anything, he didn't act. He was just present. He looked around the darkness, he felt the isolation, and he looked so young and vulnerable, and when he was hit, he took the beating, he ended up shaking from the feelings and he allowed his emotions to come forward. The second time he begged the guard to stop with tears in his eyes. And the third time, something happened. His eyes changed and he went against the script. And when the guard came in, he fought back. He just couldn't stay down. "I showed that audition tape to Louis, and he smiled. As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He draws you in, he makes every moment honest. In his work, he gives all that he has..."
- Angelina Jolie, on how she picked Jack O'Connell to play Louis Zamperini
Academy Awards - Best Achievement in Cinematography
Academy Awards - Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Academy Awards - Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Action/Adventure Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Editing
AFI Awards - Movie of the Year
African-American Film Critics Association - Top 10 Films (7th place)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Female Icon of the Year - Angelina Jolie
Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Movie You Wanted to Love, But Just Couldn't
American Society of Cinematographers - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Art Directors Guild - Period Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director - Angelina Jolie
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Cinematography
Cinema Audio Society - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures - Live Action
Cinema for Peace Awards - Most Valuable Movie of the Year - Angelina Jolie
CinEuphoria Awards - Freedom of Expression - Honorary Award - Angelina Jolie
Empire Awards - Best Male Newcomer - Jack O'Connell
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Drama
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Drama Poster
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Teaser Poster
Heartland Film - Truly Moving Picture Award - Angelina Jolie & Universal Pictures
Hollywood Film Awards - New Hollywood Award - Jack O'Connell
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards - Best Period and/or Character Makeup - Feature Films
Hollywood Post Alliance - Outstanding Sound - Feature Film
Houston Film Critics Society Awards - Best Cinematography
Motion Picture Sound Editors - Best Sound Editing - Dialogue and ADR in an English Language Feature
Motion Picture Sound Editors - Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects and Foley in an English Language Feature
National Board of Review - Top Ten Films
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Original Song
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Cinematography
Publicists Guild of America - Motion Picture
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards - Best Cinematography
St. Louis Film Critics Association - Best Adapted Screenplay
St. Louis Film Critics Association - Best Cinematography
Visual Effects Society Awards - Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards - Best Cinematography
World Soundtrack Awards - Film Composer of the Year