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Blast from the Past (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1999 (USA)
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A romantic comedy about a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years.



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Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out. Written by Foggy

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She'd never met anyone like him. He's never met anyone... Period. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language, sex and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Eva  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,160,263 (USA) (12 February 1999)


$26,494,611 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


Near the end of the film when Eve and Troy go into the Adult Book Store, to keep the PG rating, all the pornographic images on the video covers have been blurred out. See more »


When Adam (3.5 years old) was sitting on his father's lap and reading from a book during Christmas, his feet changed from being folded to extended between shots. See more »


Eve: Whenever Adam gives me, such obviously incorrect information. I just smile, slap him on the knee and look out the window. Why spoil his dreams? They're such wonderful dreams.
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Spoofs Casablanca (1942) See more »


It's a Good Day
Written by Dave Barbour and Peggy Lee
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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User Reviews

I love this sweet, romantic movie!
28 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blast from the Past" does what it set out to do and it does it beautifully. The whole premise (i.e., a man who was born and raised underground with no contact other than his parents for 30+ years, only to go "above" and find himself in today's world) is brilliant.

Brendan Fraser is perfect as Adam--sweet, naive, and trusting--and reinforces my feelings that he is a very underrated actor. I love Adam's reactions to modernisms that he encounters for the first time, such as the "other man's underwear" scene, the idea that Troy could have a, gasp, COMPUTER! right there in his house, or the "Well good for you!" about Troy being gay.

Alicia Silverstone is wonderful as Eve, as are Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken as Adam's parents, and the rest of the cast.

It's hard for me to grasp why some folks don't like this movie! In my opinion, it's truly refreshing to see a movie where its main character has manners and class, and does not have to rely on today's standards (such as swearing) to carry the movie.

If you're in the mood to see a cute romantic comedy, do yourself a favor and watch this movie!

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