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Asteroid (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  16 February 1997 (USA)
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With the discovery of an incoming asteroid, the government of America formulate a plan to destroy it. When the plan fails, all the world can do is wait. The main impact zone is revealed to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Lily McKee
Elliot McKee (as Zachary B. Charles)
Ben Dodd
Adam Marquez (as Carlos Gomez)
Dr. Matthew Rogers
Dr. Valerie Brennan
Karen Dodd
Lloyd Morgan (as Frank Mcrae)
John Lindsey
Dr. Charles Napier
Brian Hill ...
Max (as Brian Alan Hill)


With the discovery of an incoming asteroid, the government of America formulate a plan to destroy it. When the plan fails, all the world can do is wait. The main impact zone is revealed to be Dallas, Texas. Generally, the plot follows the lives and reactions of several characters: an astronomer, her father, her son, two firefighters from Kansas City, two young doctors in Dallas and the heads of the government agency in charge of the situation. Written by P. Wong <>

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16 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asteroid - Ránk szakad az ég  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Final appearance of Dane Witherspoon. See more »


While airborne lasers can shoot down ballistic missiles, they're not powerful enough to destroy an asteroid, much less at the distance they do it on the movie, and because of their design, it's highly unlikely they could lock onto an asteroid in the first place. See more »


References Independence Day (1996) See more »

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US Aircraft LASER weapon defies all physical laws!
7 January 2000 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

A real disappointment!

First, credibility approaches zero, as a trillion-ton rock, moving at 15 miles per second is stopped by the LASER beams of two small aircraft on earth. Has anyone read physics? It is as if a mosquito would stop an express train.

Meteorites rain on the same spot for hours, even though earth rotates.

Meteorites are seen entering earth's atmosphere several minutes before they hit ground. Are there parachutes attached to them?

In the two more well-known films on this subject, Armageddon and Deep Impact, the meteor is stopped by bombing it with thermonuclear devices - a completely sensible theory. I like Science Fiction, but 'Asteroids' isn't SciFi, the film violates every possible physical law, the creators treating the observers as imbecills.

Every building and vehicle in the film seems to be filled with gasoline - everything explodes (by the way - when will we see a film where cars and houses don't explode and diesel oil doesn´t catch fire?).

The second part of the film is an endless display of fires, roaming people and military vehicles. This would certainly put you to sleep were it not for the monotonous engine noise and fire sound.

And in every dramatic scene you are faced with the difficult and thrilling questions: "Will they find each other???", "Will the hero survive???".

I long for a meteor movie that blasts everything away, killing everyone including the hero.

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