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Blast from the Past (1999)

A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Tank ...
Adam age 3½
Ryan Sparks ...
Young Psycho
Ted Kairys ...
Navy Pilot


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


After 35 years in a bomb shelter, Adam Webber is finally going outside to play. 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 USA:

$9,160,263, 12 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,494,611, 16 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second movie in which Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken starred together; "Excess Baggage" (1997) was the first. See more »


Adam's father identified the leadership body of the USSR as the Politburo. When the family went into the bunker, the leadership body was called the Presidium. See more »


Adam: [Adam is with his parents at the new house] Dad, I don't know how to tell you this. And I was going to wait a while, but I think... Dad, there was no bomb. A plane crashed into our backyard. I looked it up in old newspapers.
Calvin: You're sure?
Adam: Positive. The Soviet Union collapsed without a shot being fired. The Cold War is over.
Calvin: That's what everybody believes?
Adam: Yes, sir. It's true.
Calvin: What? Did the politburo just one day say, "We give up?"
Adam: Yes. That's kind of how it was.
Calvin: Uh-huh.
Calvin: My gosh, those Commies are...
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References Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) See more »


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Written by Steve Perry
Performed by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Courtesy of Mojo Records, J.V.
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I love this sweet, romantic movie!
28 September 2003 | by 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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