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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?


The jet that crashes into Calvin and Helen's house is a North American F-86 Sabre. See more »


In the fallout shelter, the father sets up a mock television with a film projector and a rear projection screen. He makes a point of saying that it uses a mirror, and the image (an episode of "The Honeymooners") is shown reversed. However, with that setup (which was relatively common back in the 1970s) the image would be normal, not reversed, because viewing through the rear screen is the second reversal. See more »


Eve: [Trying to get rid of Troy] You! Go to the bathroom!
Troy: What, right *here*?
[pause while Eve stares at him]
Troy: Well I thought I should check, you're being so bossy!
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References Shelf Life (1993) See more »


Mr. Zoot Suit
Written by Mark Cally
Performed by Flying Neutrinos
Courtesy of Fiction Records/GRP/Universal
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User Reviews

It certainly is one of the more original romantic comedies

It has never happened, but during the Cold War many people feared that they would be the victim of a nuclear war between the West and the USSR. A lot of those people had visions of living in an atomic shelter for the next three to four decades, perhaps even longer and not being able to see the daylight ever again. Well, it may never have happened, but this romantic comedy shows us what it must be like.

"Blast from the Past" tells the story of Adam Weber. In the 1960's, during the Cuba crisis, his parents locked themselves in the bomb shelter which his eccentric father had constructed for just in case. Having been locked for 35 years, Adam has never seen anything else but the confined space of the shelter. He has never seen anything of the world and has become a very naive man. Now, the doors are unlocked and Adam must venture out into LA to find food and supplies for his family and a non-mutant wife for himself...

Romantic comedies can be found in many forms, but this sure was one of the more original ones. And I must say that I liked it. The acting for instance is more than OK. I liked Brendan Fraser as the naive Adam and together with Alicia Silverstone he forms a nice couple in this movie. Even though the entire story could have used a little bit more developing, overall it looks good and offers some good laughs and plenty of fun for the people who like romantic comedies. I give it a 7/10, perhaps even a 7.5/10.

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