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Deep Impact (1998)

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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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Don Biederman
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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 »

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?


In the film's final trailer, the blue background used behind the text graphics is a slightly altered version of the background used for the opening titles of Event Horizon (1997), another Paramount film. See more »


At the end when the lady with the young child/baby is saying goodbye to the blinded astronaut. The child is 2/3years old she said I named him after you. The child is more than 9 months old when the astronaut would last leave earth. See more »


Robin Lerner: [to Jenny about wedding] Jason says "Lie lie lie lie, til death do us part" blah blah blah. And she says yes, and he says yes and it's kissie kissie kissie and congratulations.
[deep sigh]
Robin Lerner: Jenny, you now have a stepmother who is two years older than you.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) See more »


Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Tom Jones
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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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