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Blast from the Past (1999)

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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

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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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Buscando a Eva  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£266,625 (UK) (2 April 1999)

Gross:

$26,494,611 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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The jet that crashes into Calvin and Helen's house is a North American F-86 Sabre. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Calvin is taking about setting the locks for 10 years, he is standing at the (one and only) door to do so. Adam and Eve appear from farther inside the shelter. It appears that there is no other door. They are standing at the lock controls which are located at the main entrance (the entrance with the ladder) - Adam and Eve entered through the rear entrance (with the elevator) as the main entrance was damaged in the crash in 1962. See more »

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Terrific fun time-hopping fish out of water tale.
19 July 2004 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

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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