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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by Harald Kloser
Mark Gordon
Larry J. Franco
Written by Harald Kloser
Roland Emmerich
Starring John Cusack
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Amanda Peet
Oliver Platt
Thandie Newton
Danny Glover
Woody Harrelson
Music by Harald Kloser
Thomas Wander
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by David Brenner
Peter S. Elliott
Studio Centropolis Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) November 13, 2009
Running time 158 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Money made $769,679,473

2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster movie directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It was produced by Centropolis Entertainment, Emmerich's production company, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is based upon the 2012 phenomenon, which was a number of beliefs that destructive events would occur on or around December 21, 2012. It was released on November 13, 2009. Critics gave it mixed reviews. They liked its special effects, but were critical of its length (158 minutes) and screenwriting. It made $770 million worldwide.


Neutrinos from a very large solar flare from the sun cause the temperature of Earth to increase at a very fast rate, eventually causing a very large geological and meterological disaster. The plot follows Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) as he tries to bring his children, Noah (Liam James) and Lilly (Morgan Lily), ex-wife Kate Curtis (Amanda Peet), and her boyfriend, Gordon Silberman (Thomas McCarthy) to safety from the destructive events that occur. Among these events, a very large earthquake causes California to fall into the Pacific Ocean, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, and a very large tsunami hits the United States.


  • John Cusack as Jackson Curtis
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Dr. Adrian Helmsley
  • Amanda Peet as Kate Curtis
  • Thandie Newton as Laura Wilson
  • Oliver Platt as Carl Anheuser
  • Thomas McCarthy as Gordon Silberman
  • Danny Glover as the President Thomas Wilson
  • Woody Harrelson as Charlie Frost
  • Liam James as Noah Curtis
  • Morgan Lily as Lily Curtis
  • Zlatko Buric as Yuri Karpov
  • Beatrice Rosen as Tamara
  • Jimi Mistry as Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
  • John Billingsley as Professor West
  • Blu Mankuma as Harry Helmsley
  • George Segal as Tony Delgatto
  • Johann Urb as Sasha
  • Stephen McHattie as Captain Michaels

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