3.8/10
1,469
35 user 12 critic

Solar Crisis (1990)

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

Director:

(as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Steve Kelso
...
Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
...
Arnold Teague
Annabel Schofield ...
Alex Noffe
...
Mike Kelso (as Corin 'Corky' Nemec)
Tetsuya Bessho ...
Ken Minami
...
Travis
...
Borg
...
Haas
...
Gurney
Silvana Gallardo ...
T.C.
...
Harvard
Scott Allan Campbell ...
McBride
...
Lamare
Richard S. Scott ...
Meeks
Edit

Storyline

A huge Solar flare is predicted to fry Earth. Astronauts must fly to the sun to drop a talking bomb (Freddy) at the right time so the flare will point somewhere else. Giant IXL Corp C.E.O. 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 temperatures rise, granddaddy Admiral Skeet Kelso is searching the desert for grandson Mike who's gone A.W.O.L. to say goodbye to his dad but who inadvertently crossed the path of the men from IXL after meeting desert-dweller Travis. Written by Louis Strous <LStrous@solar.stanford.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 July 1990 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Crisis 2050  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Prior to production, producers James Nelson and Richard Edlund brought in Rene Balcer for an uncredited rewrite. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Orlop Piano
Composed by Les Hooper
Published by Hooperman Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

When Good Sci Fi Goes Bad
10 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Well, Solar Crisis really isn't all that bad. It has the look and feel of an "A" movie that didn't quite make it. It's also a little too long for what it has to offer. Ninety minutes as opposed to one hundred fifteen minutes would have given it more movement, and impact. Yet whenever we get the opportunity to see Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, and Peter Boyle in the same film, there is going to be some fun. I like the premise of the film, and much of its execution. Though it never comes together in a compelling package, it is definitely a film that a Sci Fi fan should see at least once. I think the climax is moving, and very well done.

There is a healthy dose of Japanese mindset behind the scenes, that seems to create some differences of perception of what works in science fiction. The Japanese have an intriguing cultural perception of reality, and I love many of their films. But that sagacity does not seem to extend fully into "space" films. I don't think they have never quite exceeded their heritage of gimmicky, "comic book" science fiction movies.

Solar Crisis has excellent actors, sustained suspense,lots of drama, and reasonable action. But it tries to be too much, too broad, and just never quite reaches its goal.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page