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Deep Impact (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  8 May 1998 (USA)
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Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster related elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Impact  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,152,375 (USA) (8 May 1998)


$140,459,099 (USA) (18 September 1998)

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The film portrays the wave that struck New York City crashing over and around the towers of the World Trade Center, which were the only buildings barely above water at the end of the sequence, surviving the wave. After the events of the September 11 terrorist attacks, some television broadcasts of the film were edited to remove the buildings. See more »


The Ark is supposedly in Missouri, which is heavily forested and quite green. The hills around the ark are brown and covered in sage and rabbit brush - clearly in Southern California. See more »


Leo Biederman: I talked to Civil defense. They said if you and I got married we'd be family, and I could get you in.
Sarah Hotchner: What about my parents? They're not your family. I don't want to go without my parents.
Leo Biederman: I'm the famous Leo Beiderman, and I haven't used my fame for anything, but I got them to let your family go, too. This is your only chance to survive.
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One of my favorite Sci-Fi films of all time!
11 October 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

It truly saddens me to see that this film has such a low rating on IMDB! I've seen this film several times and EVERY TIME it gets me a little misty-eyed at certain points in the film.

Since the release of this film and Armageddon, I've been unsure which of the two I liked better. I have always been leaning towards Deep Impact, so today I watched the film again to be sure. I definitely believe that Deep Impact is a better film. Although, Armageddon is a fantastic movie in it's own right.

I like Deep Impact better because I feel the story is much more realistic and slightly more interesting. Also, the acting in this film is just fantastic (but again, Armageddon was well-acted as well). After viewing the film again today, I thought "ya know, there is virtually nothing in the film that I really disliked", whereas there are a number of things in Armageddon that I really disliked!

The cast in this film is absolutely superb! You've got Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman, Maximilian Schell, James Cromwell, Ron Eldard, Jon Faverau, Laura Innes, Mary McCormack, Richard Schiff, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Dougray Scott and Kurtwood Smith. They all did a superb job in this film and I think they all deserve a great deal of credit. I really liked that all the characters in the film were likeable. There wasn't a single one that "rubbed me the wrong way", they were all very well done characters.

I have to mention the special effects as well. They are just mind-blowing! All of the scenes with the astronauts on the comet are just superb! ...And the ship that they fly looks so cool! Also, the scene where the smaller comet hits the earth is just great! The level of detail is unbelievable in some of the scenes. You should see this film for the special effects alone.

If you like science fiction films with a great story that is quite touching at times, then by all means go see it. This film is honestly one of the better movies I've seen in quite some time. I truly hope that you enjoy the film. Thanks for reading.


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