The Day After Tomorrow

Trivia: Before the film was released, N.A.S.A. sent a memo out to all of its employees stating that they were not allowed to comment on the likelihood of the events portrayed in this movie.


Trivia: The man who offers a 100 dollars to the bus driver to get on the bus is the same guy who is on MTV's Boiling Points, and hands out 100 dollars if you pass the test. (00:45:20)

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Trivia: There is a party at J.D.'s school after the academic decathlon. Most of the students are wearing name tags. Sam's name tag says "Hello my name is Yoda." (00:21:50)

Trivia: The meteorologist (Mark Thomson) forecasting the storm for Fox 5 New York is really the meteorologist for the 10:00 p.m. news for Fox 11 Los Angeles. Also related to this in the tornado scenes in Los Angeles it shows the Fox 11 news report from the helicopter, the helicopter seen is white. In real life Skyfox 11 is black.

Trivia: In January 2002, the Larsen B Ice Shelf, which was where the opening scene took place, did collapse as portrayed in the movie.

Trivia: Many of the scenes we see of the numerous hurricanes are stock footage of Hurricane Andrew and Hugo, names of deadly hurricanes of the last 15 years.


Trivia: Casting Kenneth Welsh as the Vice President was controversial due to his physical resemblance to US Vice-President Dick Cheney, but Roland Emmerich insisted on it for that very reason, likely to highlight the Bush/Cheney administration's opposition to the Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Peter Vanicelli

Trivia: In 2002, during pre-production, a deadly hailstorm struck central China in July, and in August parts of Europe were ravaged by what became known as the "Floods of the Century."


Trivia: The reporter in El Paso reporting the large numbers of people crossing the Rio Grande to get into Mexico is actually one of the weekend anchors on El Paso's KVIA channel 7 news.

Trivia: With the possible exception of the Weather Channel at the end, all the news channels shown are owned by News Corp (who owns 20th Century Fox, the distributor).


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Continuity mistake: When Jack is briefing the President, he draws a line on a map of the U.S. and tells the President to have everybody south of that line evacuated. The shape of the line changes between shots. (01:04:20)

More mistakes in The Day After Tomorrow

Sam Hall: Look, I got every question right on the final, and the only reason Mr. Spengler failed me is because I didn't write out the solutions.
Jack Hall: Why not?
Sam Hall: I do 'em in my head.
Jack Hall: Did you tell him that?
Sam Hall: I did. He said he didn't believe me. He said that if he couldn'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 Hall: That's what I said.
Jack Hall: You did? How did he take it?
Sam Hall: He flunked me, remember?

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Question: Why would Sam and his friends go to the library?

Answer: Possibly because it was the closest building with height to it as they are about to be hit by a gigantic wave of water. There was no snow yet, so I don't believe burning books or snow was on anybody's mind yet. It turned out to be a great idea as snow soon starts to fall and those books were literally a life saver.

Susan D. Santos

Answer: It was the closest building they could access. While the smarter move would have been to just go back to JD's apartment (which Brian and Laura suggest) it may have been too far a walk to get out of the flooding streets.

Answer: Big building with lots of space and lots of books to burn for heat.


Why did they burn the books and not the wooden shelves that the books were on?

As for burning books rather than shelves, it was just easier. They would have had to expend more energy to break down the shelves into manageable size.

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