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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 ...
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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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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Superb 70's disaster movie (7 out of 10)
8 July 2003 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

A long forgotten about classic disaster movie, this one was certainly far superior to bigger budget, moronic trash like "Armageddon". Scientists discover a large comet is heading towards a possible collision with earth, while many believe it will ultimately miss or burn up hitting the atmosphere, two astronomers are convinced its going to hit just outside Phoenix Arizona, and with the help of a news station owner try to warn a skeptical public. If you watch this movie expecting spectacular effects like "Deep Impact" you'll be disappointed, although the special effects it does have are very good for its time, they are not really this movie's highlight. But what this movie does do exceptionally well is explore the kind reaction one would expect from the public and officials to the prospect of such a bizarre, massive and seemingly unlikely disaster, which is total disbelief and denial. Then panic and chaos sets in as they realize that not only is the destruction of Phoenix inevitable, but they may have waited too long to evacuate everyone. The final 30 minutes or so are particularly effective, even grim at times as evacuation crews and the military run out of time and are themselves ordered to leave, with one peering down from a helicopter at thousands trapped on a jammed highway saying "These people are on their own". Performances range from effective to rather weak, the late Richard Crenna is pretty good as astronomer Voight whom desperately pounds-podiums left and right trying to get people to listen to him, and delivers some of the more memorable one liners, such as "You can't miss us, there's a big white arrow pointing right down at us!" 7 out of 10, perhaps a bit too long and not for everyone, but a personal favorite and worth a look if you can find it.

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