Solar Crisis (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  14 July 1990 (Japan)
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A huge solar flare is predicted to fry the Earth. Astronauts must go to the Sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp CEO ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Kelso
Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
Arnold Teague
Alex Noffe
Mike Kelso (as Corin 'Corky' Nemec)
Tetsuya Bessho ...
Ken Minami
Sandy McPeak ...
Silvana Gallardo ...
Scott Allan Campbell ...
Richard S. Scott ...


A huge solar flare is predicted to fry the Earth. Astronauts must go to the Sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp CEO Teague thinks the flare won't happen and wants the mission to fail so he can buy the planet cheaply while the scare lasts. Employee Haas prepares a surprise for the astronauts. While daddy Steve Kelso commands the space ship where temperaturs rise, granddaddy Admiral Skeet Kelso is searching the desert for grandson Mike who's gone AWOL to say goodbye to his dad but who inadvertently crossed the path of the guys from IXL after meeting desert-dweller Travis. Written by Louis Strous <>

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In the year 2050, the battle to save the earth will be fought on the sun.


Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 July 1990 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Crisis 2050  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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When Mike Kelso and Kovac fall to the desert floor at the end of their fight, Kovac's wig comes off a bit at the nape of his neck. See more »


Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »


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Crisis is right
21 July 1999 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

What was Charlton Heston thinking when he signed up for this disaster?? Alright, I'll be fair. I rented Solar Crisis (translation: wasted a buck) with an open mind. It had an interesting plot, so it seemed, and some famous guys. So there must be something there. Man oh man was I wrong. I realized that with the opening scene in which cheap subtitles scrolled across the screen, describing the Impeding Doom of Earth. To make matters worse, a voice-over further insulted my intelligence by reading the words too. Gee, since I was dumb enough to rent the film, they must figure I can't read either. Then came the real blow: The weak, weak acting (usually showcased by laughably over-dramatic monologues) coupled with the bland, bland writing, strewn together with the lousy, lousy soundtrack make for one nose-wrinkling mess. Dr. Haas was especially bad, as was the ship's commander whose name escapes me. We are treated to such memorable lines as: "Our only security blanket out there is ourselves" and the immortal "I'm the only one who can ever free you!" Please. Free me, for the love of God.

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