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Deep Impact (1998)

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 comet, 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 comet 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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Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives. See more »


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

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8 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,152,375 (USA) (10 May 1998)

Gross:

$140,464,664 (USA)
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Trivia

Just before the movie's release, astronomers announced that the asteroid 1997 XF11, about one mile across, will impact the Earth at a speed of over 100,000 miles per hour at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2028 - greatly boosting ticket sales. Just after the movie's release, a new orbit (based on a sighting from many years before) predicted that 1997 XF11 will miss by 600,000 miles. See more »

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Jenny states that each of the nukes to be used to destroy the comet possess a yield of five thousand kilotons (that's five megatons). Nuclear weapons of such a high yield would be far larger than the weapons shown. The ones we see would barely be large enough to be believable as a thermonuclear weapon's fissile "primary" that comprises the "trigger" of a high yield thermonuclear device. Even the most effectively miniaturized warheads would be at least 5 times larger. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Lerner: When I was 11, I stole $32 from your wallet.
Jason Lerner: When you were a baby I once dropped you on your head.
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La Bohème
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Giacosa, & Luigi Illica (as Luigi Illicia)
Performed by Mario Serini & Nicolai Gedda
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A great movie
30 January 2005 | by (King of Prussia, PA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. I think the people who don't like it are (1) people expecting it to be a summer blockbuster popcorn movie with a million special effects, or (2) people upset because they think it's cheesy / has scientific errors. Let me address both points.

First of all, this is not a disaster movie in the style of Armageddon or Volcano or any of them. It's a movie about humanity's struggle to deal with an impending disaster. And in doing that, it succeeds. Most of the film is supported by strong talent, including Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman. In smaller roles, Max Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Ron Eldard really shine. I was disappointed by Tea Leoni's acting. And Elijah Wood and Leelee Sobieski didn't really do much for me, although they weren't bad.

Second, while the movie is not standard Hollywood flair, it doesn't altogether escape the Hollywood curse. There are a few fairly ridiculous moments and plot points. HOWEVER, compared to disaster movies, I have to say this are extremely minor. To counter this, there are some very touching scenes. I don't want to give anything away here, but most of them occur near the end of the film.

This is not the best movie ever by any means, but it comes as close as a mainstream Hollywood movie dealing with the end of the world is going to get. Also, James Horner's score was terrific.

Definitely worth a watch.


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