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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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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$140,459,099 (USA) (18 September 1998)
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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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Professor Wolf's jeep blows up before it impacts anything of significance, and what is more, the explosion comes from inside the passenger compartment and not the gas tank rupturing. 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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Featured in Deep Impact: Creating the Perfect Traffic Jam (2004) See more »

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The Hole
Written by Skip Ewing & James Dean Hicks
Performed by Randy Travis
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Very moving.
12 July 1999 | by (Cabot, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

I found Deep Impact to be a very good "study" on how we has humans, may react to an E.L.E. (see this movie for details on that.) The special effects were good, but the best thing about this movie was the focus on the characters. This wasn't loud and stupid as "that other asteroid movie." This film will entertain you and mostly, touch your heart. You actually feel the doom that is about to reach these people, and to me, that is good film making.

About the only thing I could pick on would be the performance of Téa Leoni. To me, she was never convincing. She seemed down and depressed all of the time, even when she was doing the news. Very odd performance.

I give this film a B+


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