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Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 July 1998 (USA)
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

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Storyline

It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When... Written by John Wiggins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,089,972, 5 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$201,573,391, 6 December 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788, 12 August 2012
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. Space Command logo shown is the same one from Independence Day (1996). William Fichtner would later be cast in its sequel Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). See more »

Goofs

When the shuttles launch and again when the nuclear warhead explodes, the flame of the boosters and the bright flash of the warhead are seen through the front windows on the flight deck, when they would have been behind the shuttle(s). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Camera shoots past the moon to slowly zoom in on the Earth]
Narrator: This is the Earth, at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet.
[From behind the camera, a giant asteroid appears, speeding towards the Earth ahead of it]
Narrator: A piece of rock just 6 miles wide changed all that.
[Blazing through the atmosphere, the asteroid impacts with a spectacular display of fire and destruction]
Narrator: It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into ...
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Crazy Credits

All initial UK '12' Certificate videos came with the full promo video for Aerosmith's: "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" before the film started. The video only came with the limited widescreen or even more limited 'double feature' boxed video with 'The Making of Armaggedon' as a bonus video. Also some outtakes (1 per character) were featured at the very end of the credits with text underneath saying 'In loving memory of who gave his life saving our planet.' (The outtakes only came with the initial copies on video.) See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

What Kind of Love Are You On
Written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw
Performed by Aerosmith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Go, Russia, Go
11 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Somebody speaks about American patriotism?

Comrade Andropov should be a national hero of Russia. Only we can make precise electronics work using rusty metal rod.

What? Hewlett-Packard? US-made? It's those little guys from Taiwan who make the world go round.

Americans? OK, they can drill!

In fact, I liked the movie. It's silly to be waiting for emotional depth or philosophic discoveries in a movie like Armageddon. It's done for entertainment and it entertains! It's fun. Fun for your eyes, fun for your ears. Do you need something else? Ok, what about Bergman? Well, people, there is Bach and there is Bobby Rush. Where do you go to dance? To conservatory? I doubt it. As for action films, Armageddon is not the worst one.


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