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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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Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a meteor, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the meteor but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future. Written by garykmcd

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Heaven and Earth are about to collide. See more »

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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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first shot of the orbiting ship shows Baja California and northwestern Mexico in the background. See more »


When Orrin is talking to Fish after he is stricken blind, the scene where Fish is preparing to read Orrin Moby Dick, Orrin's lips move an the visual is obviously delayed at one point. See more »


[President Beck & Jenny are discussing the upcoming news conference about the comet]
Jenny Lerner: I want exclusivity.
President Beck: Now listen, young lady. This is a presidential favour. I'm letting you go because I don't want another headache. And I'm trusting you because I know what this can do for your career. Now, it may seem like we have each other over the same barrel but it just seems that way.
Jenny Lerner: I want...
President Beck: You want?
Jenny Lerner: May I... May I have the first question?
President Beck: I'll see you Tuesday, Miss Lerner.
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Referenced in Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens' (2003) See more »


Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Tom Jones
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Still good years later
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film again after several years. I feel that it was the best of all the disaster films made in recent years. Not too much cheese, a little heavy on sap but satisfying overall. It was much more realistic than Armageddon(which I think is one of the most overrated 'blockbusters' ever)There are no comic relief characters, no cheesy one-liners and no gorgeous movie stars(no offense to Tea Leoni). The solution to the problem was more real in Deep Impact and the time frame was much more believable. I like how the film focused more on what was happening on earth rather than in the spaceship. The end was interesting because the disaster wasn't totally averted so there was no cheerful hugging in the end with lame Aerosmith playing over it. The only thing that bothered me was that all of the nuclear missiles from the US and Russia had no effect on the comet. Wouldn't several hundred nukes do something? anything? and why wasn't the Messiah destroyed in the blast? So overall, good flick, deserves more credit.

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