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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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Heaven and Earth are about to collide. 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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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$140,464,664 (USA)
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In a 2016 interview with the New York Times, Lori McCreary (president of the PGA and Morgan Freeman's producing partner) recounted that when Mimi Leder wanted to cast Freeman as the U.S. President, the studio objected on the basis that it wasn't realistic to cast a black person as President. McCreary recalled that one studio executive said, "we're not making a science-fiction movie; you can't have Morgan Freeman play the President." Aside from the obvious racism present in the notion that a black President is inherently unrealistic (just a decade after this movie's release, the United States did elect a black President), the executive was also mistaken about Deep Impact not being a science-fiction movie. Basically, the "executive" was a moron. See more »

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The Messiah's trajectory was not realistically (or intelligently) chosen. They could have easily flown up beside, or even to the front of, the comet's head, rather than insisting on landing on the night side (and flying upstream into a cloud of rocks). See more »

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Oren Monash: Fish. Why the hell do they call you FISH?
Spurgeon Tanner: Well, Spurgeon... Sturgeon... FISH. Took about 15 minutes my first day at the Naval Academy.
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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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