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A Fire in the Sky (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Sci-Fi, Drama  |  26 November 1978 (USA)
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Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Voight
Sharon Allan
David Allan
Jennifer Dreiser
Lloyd Bochner ...
Paul Gilliam
Stan Webster
Maggie Wellman ...
Ellen Gilliam
John Larch ...
Kip Niven ...
William Bogert ...
Wayne Lustus
Ann Webster
Tom Rearden


Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.

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26 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Feuer aus dem All  »

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The TV station in the movie, KTAR-TV, is the real life NBC affiliate for Phoenix, now known as KPNX. See more »


During the comet strike, the Hyatt Regency Hotel (with its distinctive Compass Room revolving restaurant on the roof) can be seen crumbling from the shock wave. As the credits begin, the smoldering cityscape is shown (something about the Phoenix will rise from the ashes)...with the hotel virtually unscathed. See more »


Jason Voight: Breaker breaker, this is Jason Voight, who have I got here?
Radio Dispatcher: You've got trouble buddy, this channel is for emergency use only, clear it!
Jason Voight: Well I'm sitting here at ground zero with 30 Pima Indians and one Chevy Impala, what would you call that?
Radio Dispatcher: What are you doing there?
Jason Voight: Oh you know, making baskets, selling rugs, Look just get us out of here!
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Guilty pleasures
22 July 2000 | by (Phoenix, USA) – See all my reviews

As a kid, I saw two movies in the late 70's about celestial bodies heading towards earth, A Fire In the Sky and Meteor. This movie was quite different from Meteor in premise alone. This was not about a collective effort to avert a disaster; it was about how to collectively get the hell out of town. Richard Crenna played Jason Voight, an astronomer who somehow knew that this desert metropolis was doomed the split second after the words were uttered from the Presidents mouth, as he explained to a group of scientist that the comet was probably heading for earth. Although this movie to me was extremely cheesy, over acted and sometime under acted, and you got to see down town Phoenix high-rises crumble one by one, I liked it. I would have to say that it is one of my GUILTY PLEASURES…

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