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Blast from the Past (1999)

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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Storyline

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

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After 35 years in a bomb shelter, Adam Webber is finally going outside to play. See more »


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

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12 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Buscando a Eva  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Donovan Scott and Scott Thompson from the first Police Academy (1984) movie, also directed by Hugh Wilson had small parts on the film. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Eve: So for four thousand dollars, all I have to do is drive you to your hotel?
Adam: Uh-huh!
Eve: That's it?
Adam: Yes.
Eve: And I don't have to take a physical in your spaceship?
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Memories Are Made of This
Written by Terry Gilkyson, Rich Dehr (as Richard Dehr) and Frank Miller
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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Terrific fun time-hopping fish out of water tale.

See the movie to find out why, but Brendan Fraser's crazy dad has had him underground for thirty years in an elaborate bomb shelter, so that when Brendan finally goes upstairs in the 90's to get more supplies for his parents, he's in for a bit of a shock.

Christopher Walken is wonderful as the crazy, atomic-age inventor. Alicia Silverstone deserves to be on screen more - she's cute and sassy as the love interest, but still pulls funny faces with her mouth. Brendan Fraser was a perfect choice for the biggest fish out of water ever. His fresh-faced naivety is so convincing. He's larger than life, and sometimes so naive its corny, but he's consistent, so it works. Depending on what mood you're in, Sissy Spacek's part adds psychological depth to the movie or detracts a tad from the fun.

This movie is not at all implausible. There were many people as scared as Christpher Walken during the 60's. In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy and Khruschev were one button press away from blowing us all to smithereens (see Thirteen Days for a historically accurate portrayal of this). And Walken's character is set up as crazy enough to build and stock his shelter with 30 years worth of supplies.

8/10. Terrific fun time-skipping romantic comedy buoyed by the personality of Fraser - perfect to watch with a sweetheart, or with family on a warm weekend in.


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